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I was recently cut-off by someone pulling out in front of me from the side
of the road and ended up hitting the right side of my bike against the side
of their car. The frame slider took almost all of the force of the collision,
but my upper fairing was damaged as well. The place its damaged is right
above the rad... so after taking a few hours off from riding(after the accident) I started her up, choke on and all, trying to make sure there
was nothing amiss. I noticed that the exhaust headers heated up so much
they were glowing bright red after less than a minute with the choke on.
I've never noticed that before. Do you think it might be a result of the
accident, or is this normal and I've always missed it because I wasn't looking
for anything like that.

Thanks.
 

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The headers should definitly not be glowing bright red. I don't think they would be able to get that hot with just exhaust fumes going through them.
 
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The headers should definitly not be glowing bright red. I don't think they would be able to get that hot with just exhaust fumes going through them.


if you let a bike idle fast for a few minutes than yes they will start to glow. the other thing is the choke shouldn't really be needed for that long during summer weather.
 

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agreeed. I usually leave the choke off, and let it sit for a minute, and it idles low, around 1K, but if i put the choke on, i let it sit for 15 secs or so if i need it and it idles around 4k. I try not to use choke at all.
 

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k, sounds like I was just choking it too much.

Now I'm trying to follow the above, and really only use choke to start it up. Let it idle for ~30 seconds and I'm golden.

No more glowing headers.
 

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Glad to hear, happy riding.
 
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