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Old 01-08-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Global warming my butt.

Mind you, I live in San Diego. 2 of the last 3 nights have dipped into the 20's. 6 of the next 7 are forecast to dip into the 20's, most at 25. Daytime temps peaking at 50-55.

Bike is stored in a closed, attached garage. No heat, no insulation in the garage. I replaced the coolant with Maxima Cool-Aide (high performance coolant but no freeze protection). This was done by draining the system, then replacing with CA.

I've never lived anyplace "really cold" (and probably still don't), is that a low enough to worry about freezing and should I drain it and put in a regular coolant with freeze protection? Not what I want to do after work but I figured I would ask.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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You'll probably be OK since the bike is kept inside the garage. The fact that the garage is attached will help out as well.
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Ya, you're fine. It would take a couple days of it consistently below freezing for the inside of the garage (and the coolant) to get cold enough to do any damage.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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I would not risk it in an uninsulated garage.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:20 AM   #5
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It's hit mid 20's a few times here. I'm running water wetter and keep a digital thermometer sitting on my bike's tank. Never goes below 46 degrees in the garage.

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Old 01-09-2013, 05:58 AM   #6
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Cover your bike with a blanky or something

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Old 01-09-2013, 06:42 AM   #7
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You should be fine because of it being in the garage. On the front porch in the direct cold however would warrant definite concern.

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I don't think you have anything to worry about but if it would make you feel better put a 100 watt light bulb near the radiator or directly under the engine and cover the bike. The light will put off enough heat to keep it from freezing. They get hot, so don't put it too close to plastic.
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you'll be fine, if it was outside then yes id be an enclosed unheated attached garage you should be fine.
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