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#4676787 - 02/24/18 05:46 PM Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle?
ZZman Offline


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Iridium plugs can make sense in a car with hard to reach plugs and rack up lots of miles. But do they really make sense in a motorcycle that gets a few thousand miles a year and aren't hard to change?
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#4676792 - 02/24/18 05:50 PM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ZZman]
krismoriah72 Offline


Registered: 02/16/09
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Loc: wv
My CRF450 had factory iridium plugs.

I would say high rpm bikes would benefit.

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#4676830 - 02/24/18 06:31 PM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ZZman]
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Iridium and platinum require less voltage to fire, at high RPM this may make a difference in reducing the possibility of a misfire.
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#4676940 - 02/24/18 08:16 PM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ZZman]
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Some bikes fire the plugs on every stroke (wasted spark) plugs wear out twice as fast. Iridiums in the Wife's Nija 250
Are holding up well.
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#4676971 - 02/24/18 08:55 PM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ammolab]
Trav Offline


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Good point, many bikes use waste spark ignition (2 plug wires per coil) and double precious metal plugs will last much longer.
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#4677120 - 02/24/18 11:15 PM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ZZman]
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Sure they do. Iridium are usually fine wire plugs. With small electrode area at the tip they concentrate the ionization charge and make it easier to fire. So you can usually open them up at least 0.005 over standard plugs w/o adding any load to the coils. Bigger spark gap is better ignition when it goes off smile


Edited by BrocLuno (02/24/18 11:16 PM)
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#4677151 - 02/25/18 12:09 AM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ZZman]
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Even some autos are now using wasted spark ignitions.
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#4677153 - 02/25/18 12:11 AM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ZZman]
dwendt44 Offline


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Iridium plugs will last a lot longer in cycles just like
in cars and trucks.
Honda originally called for plug changes at 8000 miles=
ridiculous.
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#4677200 - 02/25/18 03:30 AM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: dwendt44]
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Originally Posted By: dwendt44
Even some autos are now using wasted spark ignitions.


For over 30 years now.
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#4677519 - 02/25/18 10:48 AM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ZZman]
alarmguy Offline


Registered: 07/10/12
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Loc: South Carolina
Originally Posted By: ZZman
Iridium plugs can make sense in a car with hard to reach plugs and rack up lots of miles. But do they really make sense in a motorcycle that gets a few thousand miles a year and aren't hard to change?


No
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#4677625 - 02/25/18 12:13 PM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ZZman]
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I can change the plug on my 150 in a minute .. it's FUN.
My 650 savage requires seat/tank removal plus other work to get to the plug ... NOT FUN.

150 gets cheap plug - 650 gets Iridium thumbsup
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#4678040 - 02/25/18 07:13 PM Re: Any real advantage of Iridium plugs in motorcycle? [Re: ZZman]
bulwnkl Offline


Registered: 02/09/05
Posts: 1742
Loc: Arizona
My 2013 Honda pickup came from the factory with double-iridium plugs, and they specify them for replacement _just_ after the emissions performance requirement ends.

My 2012 Honda motorcycle came from the factory with double-iridium plugs, and they specify them for replacement _just_ after the emissions performance requirement ends.

Perhaps this is _only_ coincidence?

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