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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #30 on: October 14, 2004, 01:26:49 PM »
Uhh.... OK...   :-X
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2004, 01:27:39 PM »
Uhh.... OK...   :-X

He was messing with you.  Stick with what was said earlier in the thread.  ;D
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2004, 01:30:01 PM »
He was messing with you.  Stick with what was said earlier in the thread.  ;D

Yea.  I figured... :P
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #33 on: October 14, 2004, 01:31:12 PM »
Dub, why you gotta ruin all my fun.  
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #34 on: October 14, 2004, 01:34:09 PM »
Dub, why you gotta ruin all my fun.  

I'd be ruining my own fun if I didn't.  :D
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #35 on: October 14, 2004, 05:09:45 PM »
Question for the track day people. I'm sick of draining the water and putting antifreeze back in it knowing next year I'll have to drain that out and put water back in to go back out on the track. I'm going to store it indoors this year so I'm not worried about the water freezing but should I be concerned about internal corrosion?

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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #36 on: October 15, 2004, 06:55:18 AM »
Question for the track day people. I'm sick of draining the water and putting antifreeze back in it knowing next year I'll have to drain that out and put water back in to go back out on the track. I'm going to store it indoors this year so I'm not worried about the water freezing but should I be concerned about internal corrosion?

Yes you should be concerned if you run straight water.  Try using a mix of water and the product Water Wetter.  Its purpose is to prevent corrosion that comes from not using antifreeze.
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2004, 08:54:35 AM »
Question for the track day people. I'm sick of draining the water and putting antifreeze back in it knowing next year I'll have to drain that out and put water back in to go back out on the track. I'm going to store it indoors this year so I'm not worried about the water freezing but should I be concerned about internal corrosion?

You should ABSOLUTELY be worried about this.  Use distilled water only and use water-wetter (or a similar product).  Replace this at LEAST once a year to check for corrosion(sp?).

If your track day org allows, pick up some Evans NPG coolant www.evanscooling.com
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Re:winterizing the bike
« Reply #38 on: October 15, 2004, 04:15:49 PM »
Finally a straight answer on this. Thanks Jeff!

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Re: winterizing the bike
« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2004, 09:18:19 PM »
or engine ice....works the same way evans does.

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Re: winterizing the bike
« Reply #40 on: October 15, 2008, 09:50:10 AM »
I have my bike in an underground parking garage. Should i still do all of this because i won't be using the bike for a good 4 months?
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Re: winterizing the bike
« Reply #41 on: October 15, 2008, 11:57:54 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.

This is what Jeff and a lot of others recommend (me included).
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Re: winterizing the bike
« Reply #42 on: October 15, 2008, 01:16:22 PM »
I'm going to have my bike in the house over winter, I only run water wetter and distilled. Would it be worthless to flush it before winter, and once again before spring. Stop corrosion and still water deposits.
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Re: winterizing the bike
« Reply #43 on: October 15, 2008, 03:04:11 PM »
I'm going to have my bike in the house over winter, I only run water wetter and distilled. Would it be worthless to flush it before winter, and once again before spring. Stop corrosion and still water deposits.

Don't know that you'd have to flush it in the spring if you do it now...  Sure, you can/should check for corrosion, but I would say that changing it just because it sat (FRESH) for 4 months would be overkill.
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Re: winterizing the bike
« Reply #44 on: November 05, 2008, 09:04:34 PM »
I have mine in a heated garage,on stands for the winter,but I still take it for a ride every 4/5 weeks.

Did not think about mice,maybe some traps,dont like the idea of sticking wire wool everywhere.