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Old March 10th, 2011   #1
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O.K., this might be going too far...but maybe someone else on here has done it. I'll be using my ST as a comuter bike in a wide range of temperatures. I notice that when first started when very cold (the day I went to look at it, around 35 degrees) it ran at a fairly high idle for a few minutes before returning to a lower idle, as part of the programmed warmup cycle. I'll be starting this bike every morning, often in temps of 25-40 degrees in the spring and fall. This means a bit of a warmup wait every morning.

I was thinking...since the bike is injected, is there any reason I couldn't install a remote starter? It wouldn't be to run it for long, just while I'm putting my boots and riding gear on. If I tap into the wiring in the correct locations, the neutral safety will still be functional, insuring it can't start in gear.

I can get a basic remote starter for well under $60. I'm thinking this will help me make sure I let it warm up properly with less chance of "its warm enough, I need to go..."

So...am I nuts, or is this a good idea?

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Default Re: The ultimate farkle?

Wouldn't work for me. I leave mine in gear when I park it to make certain it doesn't roll off the side stand.
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Same here. 1st gear is a parking brake.
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Default Re: The ultimate farkle?

I think you will have to leave the key in the bike to over come the Honda security system and then figure out how to turn it on. Maybe you would be better off with a heater to keep the engine temperature up.

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Old March 10th, 2011   #5
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Default Re: The ultimate farkle?

If the OP is in the US he won't have to worry about the security system; US bikes don't have it.

I seem to recall a thread on that other ST forum where someone did this. Let's see, search, search, search.... Here we go:

http://www.st-owners.com/forums/show...t=remote+start

If the link doesn't work, PM me.
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I hardly ever leave my bikes in gear, unless I have to park them on an incline. My driveway is flat though, and so is the parking area at work, so it would usually be in neutral.

I'm most hesitant about the lack of quality of most aftermarket remote starters. As a tech at a GM dealer, I've had to pull out way too many that were defective and actually kept the vehicle from being able to start. Funny part is, the most unreliable are the more expensive ones with all the extra bells and whistles, such as full keyless entry and alarm, auto sunroof closing/window opening or closing, etc. I would REALLY hate to do anything to jeopardize the reliability of my ST! I'll hold off for a while and think about it some more.

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I always park in gear, even on level ground. Why? Habit. If I do it every time, I'll never forget to do when on an incline.
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Consider where you park it-if you park it outside and start it from inside, it might not be there, when you return to it.
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Where I live it would be...the keys are in the ignitions of half the cars in my town. And remote starters have brake light safety's...they shut down if the brakes are used without the ignition switch being on.

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Jim,
I think a block heater of some sort would make more sense and would also save some engine wear during the cold weather-when the oil is not flowing as well.
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