Cold starting techniques, based on what has worked for me in the past, before I got smart and moved somewhere that it rarely gets below 30 degrees.
Take the spark plugs out and heat them up. I like to use a propane torch on them until they glow.
Get one of those work lights that is a light bulb on the end of a cord with a metal cage around it. Leave it against the engine overnight as close to the center of the V as possible, or underneath so that the heat will rise and warm the engine.
Get some ether-based cold start fluid and shoot some into the airbox.
Well, I went back for try 2. Its a sweltering 11 degrees and I think I killed the battery with yesterdays try. So I took the battery home for a charge. Tomorrow its going to be almost 40.
I decided to take off the sheild for now to see how it looks.
It is really making me think about making some kind of custom heat sheild. I might even just leave it off. This mod is a hold me over mod. Call me cheap, but before I spend over $1200 on a full system, I want a system that rocks my world. Not something I will settle for. I figure by the end of this season, there will hopefully be something I really like.
thanks for posting the pics! i think the bike looks better without the heatshield for sure... if you trim it and polish it, i think the shield will look sharp! i should've taken the time to zip it down a bit but i think it's a matter of taste how much to crop.
drop me a line when you get to fire it up! i feel your pain on the cold front though... i went to waterville valley with the fam this weekend to go skiing/boarding and it was TOO cold even to ski! yipes!