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TOPIC: Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska

Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #11

I agree, the new max is going to be somthing special when it gets here. I just hope its like the prototype, not like the autos who have these wonderful prototypes but then they go into production its somthing else:ohmy: .

I've always had a soft spot for blacked out bikes. here is a old polaroid of my old XS1100.
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Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #12

Very nice! And I'm defiantly with you on that. I hope the new bike makes in your face a$$ kicking statement on looks and power....Blk on Blk = no show and all go!
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Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #13

Welcome to the forum. If Alaskans plug in their cars at night, are they hybrids?:silly:
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Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #14

LOL, last summer I had some tourists convinced that my truck was a hybrid when they asked about the plug in on the front of it.

Had to explain although its in the 80's during the summer that it gets -50's in the winter. my truck although garage kept has battery, oilpan, tranny pan, and circulating block heaters on it. and boy do they save on wear and tear during cold snaps.

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Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #15

HAHA!! I lived in Anchorage for about 6 years and worked for GCI. I remember the multiple heaters very well. It is amazing what will freeze and snap off at those temps. And I'm not talking about "personal parts".:laugh:
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Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #16

What weight oil do you poor into an engine at these temps?
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Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #17

I run 10w/30 all year 'round. Some ppl up here run 5w/30 in the winter. I have several heaters on my truck so I could probably get away with running a little heavier providing I plug it in. but my bike and vehicles are garage kept so the only time my truck is parked outdoors is when at work. About a gal of anti freeze to a 1/4 gal of water is a good mix to start with.

The main thing is to make sure your ride is warmed up before driving.
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Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #18

What do you do if your ride is parked outside for a couple hours - while at work? How low can it drop before it becomes a problem?
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Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #19

It depends on the temp, in the -50's it can drop pretty quick and can be an issue if the vehicle isn't maintained. but it can go several hours at -40 and not be that much of a problem, just start it at lunchtime. Sever places have headbolts for ppl to plug in for work, even a couple of schools have them for thier students. Other ppl use an auto-start that when you press a button it starts thier vehicle from a ways away, or automatically starts thier ride when it cools to a certain temp then shuts it off when its warmed.

I've had my truck out overnight before in the low in about -45 and -50 temps. it took a little bit, but it fired and ran. And on another note, I've left it out over night in the -50's and did not want to start, but after plugging it in for an hour it fired right up.
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Re:Hello from Fairbanks, Alaska 6 years 7 months ago #20

New pic of my Vmax, only 8 miles on the clock.
So far I've added a FatMax Bellypan, Instrument cowel, T-Boost, K&N airfilter, and going to get some suppertrapp slip-ons when I get my tax refund.

Now just have to wait out the 3.5 months left, to ride it.
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