Cold starts are harder on the bike because the oil is thicker and doesn't flow as well, so there's less protection on moving parts until the oil starts flowing well. But that's true with any internal combustion engine, so if it's 20 degrees and you have to get somewhere, go ahead and ride. It's not like it hurts your motorcycle's engine but not your car's engine.
I would never start the motorcycle unnecessarily in cold temperatures (like people who start the bike occasionally "to keep the battery charged" but then just shut it off), but I don't have any qualms about starting it and riding it. That's what it's built for. Just ride gently until it's up to temp.
Whitehorse Press is going out of business so it's time for a final sale. Signed copies of my book are now $10 with free shipping in the U.S. while they last.
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