Q Will too many short trips wreck my bike?

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I want to use my new Tri­umph Street Triple 765 RS to com­mute on, but I only live a few miles and less than 10 min­utes from my work place and I’m wor­ried the short trips will shorten my en­gine’s life. Joe Boddy, email

A An­swered by Adrian Clancy, To­tal Tri­umph If you are do­ing lots of short trips the com­po­nent most at risk is the bat­tery. Any bat­tery takes about 15 min­utes’ rid­ing to recharge it af­ter a cold start, so in­vest in a trickle charger or two, for both home and work if prac­ti­cal.

If you can leave the bike run­ning at home safely to get it up to op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­ture be­fore you ride off that will limit any con­den­sa­tion build-up in the ex­haust sys­tem or crankcases. Halv­ing the oil change mileage in­ter­vals is good pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance too.

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