Should You Start Your Motorcycle Every Day: Pros and Cons

by Karen Neill

Motorcycle Maintenance

Starting your motorcycle every day is not necessary, but it can be beneficial for its health, especially if it has been sitting idle for a while. Fluids such as oil and brake fluid can thicken if left sitting over time so it is good to get the components of your engine moving if you are not using your bike every day, perhaps think about starting it once a week.

Benefits of Starting Your Motorcycle Every Day

The Benefits are:

Fluid Circulation

Regular starts help circulate motorcycle engine oil, coolant and other fluids preventing them from settling and potentially causing damage over time.

Battery Health

Starting the motorcycle periodically helps maintain the battery charge and prevents it from draining completely, which can lead to sulfation and reduced lifespan. Please note that leaving your motorbike idle every day will not charge the battery. Motorcycle charging systems are designed to provide a full charge when the motorcycle is well above idle, and an idling motorcycle can use more power than it produces

Mechanical Preservation

Engaging moving parts, such as pistons, valves, and bearings starting the motorcycle helps prevent them from seizing due to prolonged inactivity. This brings us back to making sure oil is not thickening and circulating around the engine once in a while to prevent component wear.

Carburettor Engines

For motorcycles equipped with carburettors, starting the engine occasionally prevents fuel from evaporating in the carburettor bowl and helps keep the carburettor jets from clogging.

Does Starting My Motorcycle Every Day Damage It?

Below are a few points that you might think about before idling your engine every day.

Engine Wear

Excessive idling without proper warm-up can lead to increased engine wear, as cold engine oil is less effective at lubricating critical components.

Fuel Consumption

Starting the motorcycle frequently, especially if it’s not ridden afterwards, can result in unnecessary fuel consumption and the emission of pollutants.

Oil Dilution

Continuous short trips without allowing the engine to reach operating temperature can lead to fuel dilution of the engine oil, reducing its effectiveness and potentially causing engine damage.

Environmental Impact

Regularly starting the motorcycle solely for the sake of it, contributes to air pollution and carbon emissions, which can have negative effects on the environment.

Overall, while occasional starts are beneficial for maintaining the motorcycle’s health, especially during long periods of inactivity or colder weather, it’s essential to balance them with actual riding to ensure proper warm-up and minimise unnecessary wear and environmental impact. Additionally, following the manufacturer’s recommendations for storage and maintenance intervals is crucial for optimal performance and longevity.

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