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winterizing the bike
« on: October 04, 2004, 01:16:00 AM »
I need help I have never owned a motorcycle, as most know, and I  need to know what I need to do to it before I put it away for the winter? I have a new shed built to store it in. Thanks
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2004, 06:57:58 AM »
Change the oil
Put fuel stabilizer in the tank EDIT- Make sure gas tank is full too.
Get a Battery Tender and hook it up to the battery at least once a month for 24hours.
DO NOT start it and let it idle for a few minutes while in storage.

That should do it.  :)
« Last Edit: October 04, 2004, 10:20:18 AM by 600DubRizzle »
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2004, 09:21:10 AM »
I am kinder and gentler now.  I will bend you over AND use lube cuz Jeff said I should.

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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2004, 09:48:50 AM »
http://www.clarity.net/~adam/winter-storage.html#2

That's good if you want to store it for a year or ten, but it's kind of overkill for winter storage.
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2004, 10:13:42 AM »
Jeff's winter storage advice.  

Note, this has worked for ME, in WI (winters that are very frigid) for the last 10 years or so...

1.  FILL the tank with gas.  Absolutely full.  No 3/4, etc.  You don't want air space for condensation to get in and rust the tank.
2.  Add fuel stabilizer (wal-mart, sta-bil brand works fine) per directions on the bottle
3.  Run the bike for 15-20 mins to get the treated fuel through the carbs/injectors
4.  Ensure you have anti-freeze in the bike if you're in an area that will freeze
5.  Park the bike on stands or on a piece of plywood (I don't know why, I just do this...)
6.  Put steel-wool in the openings of the ram air, exhaust and anything else a mouse might want to nest in (mice hate steel wool)
7.  Attach a battery tender or use a trickle charger at least monthly

That's it!

People also recommend changing the oil so the acids of the contaminated oil don't harm the motor.  You can take or leave this...  It's not a big deal to me.

As mentioned, DO NOT start the bike unless you plan on riding it.  You will do more damage to the battery and headers than good since the battery doesn't charge at idle, and the headers will collect moisture which will rust.

Now, these are MY instructions.  I've used them forever, and have NEVER had a problem come spring.
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2004, 10:14:36 AM »
What is this winterize you speak of ? It was still over 100 this weekend here...
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2004, 10:15:47 AM »
What is this winterize you speak of ? It was still over 100 this weekend here...

It's when we swap rubber for studs...
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2004, 10:19:30 AM »
It's when we swap rubber for studs...

sounds painful for her...  :P
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2004, 05:26:53 PM »
cool thanks for the help guys, I dont know anything about charing the bike, basically i dont know how to even get at the battery. Im new to this shit, but i will ask for help from the guys at the dealership.
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2004, 06:19:48 PM »
throw on your snowboarding/ski gear and ride it once or twice a week

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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2004, 10:54:58 PM »
5.  Park the bike on stands or on a piece of plywood (I don't know why, I just do this...)

Some say the concrete sucks the oils out of the rubber...
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2004, 10:59:23 PM »
with my KTM 520SX, I left it in my dads enclosed trailer over the winter and the tires were all good before i put it in, but in the spring when i took it out the tires were flat and hard (like they just molded to the floor)...

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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2004, 11:14:55 PM »
cool thanks for the help guys, I dont know anything about charing the bike, basically i dont know how to even get at the battery. Im new to this shit, but i will ask for help from the guys at the dealership.
The battery is under the riders seat.  You can remove the seat, by removing the two alan head bolts at both corners at the rear of the seat.  I prefer to remove the battery in the winter.  That way I can put it in my house where I keep my charger and I don't have to trudge though the snow to get to my bike.  If you decide to do this, be careful when removing the leads from the battery.  The screws that hold the battery cables to the battery have nuts on the back of them and if your not careful, you can lose one of the nuts and it will fall down inside of the bike.  This happened to me once, and I spent five hours looking for the missing nut.   Not a good experience.  But anyway, it's a very simple procedure to remove the battery.  After you remove the cables from the battery, you just undue the tie down and lift it out.  Thats all there is to it.

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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2004, 08:37:32 AM »
Some say the concrete sucks the oils out of the rubber...

That's an old wives tale.  The temperature alone will pull the oils out of the rubber, and the plywood will be just as cold as the concrete...
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2004, 10:28:03 AM »
6.  Put steel-wool in the openings of the ram air, exhaust and anything else a mouse might want to nest in (mice hate steel wool)

Has this EVER happened Jeff?  
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