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hi guys

I really love my classic but I love more my health... I have a problem in my back which means no mountain bike and no motorcycle for 2 months.

I would like to know what should I do to avoid any problem in my bike having it two months just doing nothing

my first bike (novice) so should I least power the engine on every 2 weeks or something like that?

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Make sure that it's really clean as dirt can encourage corrosion and get yourself a battery tender to keep the battery in good condition and if you do start it occasionally keep the engine running for a few minutes.

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I would hook it up to a battery tender, everything else will be OK.

A small run every week will keep the oil splashed around and be therapy for your ears.

Two months heh,,, a detailing kit will come in handy, as well as a note book and pencil for jotting down all those little things that you see and think of that you want to do and or modify !

Good luck with the waiting, hope you recover fully and everything is well.
 
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I parked in the garage for 5 months, started it twice just to check the battery - no problem. Supposedly the battery wears out after a few of those, I'll get a tender for next winter.
 

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I would also suggest some fuel stabilizer unless you drain the tank. Fuel can get stale in about 1 month thanks to all the new mixtures and additives.
 

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I've never bothered doing anything to mine except clean it and keep it hooked up to an Optimiser, I don't tend to ride over the worst part of winter. I've never had a problem with any of my bikes :)
 

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I would also suggest some fuel stabilizer unless you drain the tank. Fuel can get stale in about 1 month thanks to all the new mixtures and additives.
If I'm putting in no ethanol fuel, do I still need a fuel stabilizer? Also, is anyone coating the spark plugs in oil? My bike is an underground garage, not heated but doesn't go below 0. I have it on those gym dense foam thingies to keep the tires off the concrete...I also move the bike once a week so it doesn't sit on the same part of the tire. With regards to the battery, I plug the battery tender in once every 2 weeks and each time the battery is at or above 80%.
 

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Just start it and let it warm up every couple weeks, it’ll be fine. Trickle charger will help save the battery too. I wouldn’t put anything in the gas. Two months isn’t that long.
 

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Two more things for medium to long term storage.

Pump the tyres up hard. Like very hard. 40psi plus. if you leave the bike sitting on the tyres you can potentially flat spot the tyres. If you have the ability to use stands to have the tyres off the ground that is better. Remember to check the pressures from time to time to make sure the tyres are not deflating a little.

Operate the clutch lever regularly to stop the plates sticking. Some people recomend leaving the bike with the clutch lever cable tied in the half pulled postion. I have never tried that.

When you are starting the bike if you do don't just start it and let it run for 30 seconds then stop. Let the bike run at least 5 minutes to make sure it is right up to operating temp. When it is up to temp give it some revs (and operate the clutch). If you just start and stop the bike you will cause condensation on the engine and exhaust but will not create enough heat for it to evaporate after you turn the bike engine off.
 

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Two more things for medium to long term storage.

Pump the tyres up hard. Like very hard. 40psi plus. if you leave the bike sitting on the tyres you can potentially flat spot the tyres. If you have the ability to use stands to have the tyres off the ground that is better. Remember to check the pressures from time to time to make sure the tyres are not deflating a little.

Operate the clutch lever regularly to stop the plates sticking. Some people recomend leaving the bike with the clutch lever cable tied in the half pulled postion. I have never tried that.

When you are starting the bike if you do don't just start it and let it run for 30 seconds then stop. Let the bike run at least 5 minutes to make sure it is right up to operating temp. When it is up to temp give it some revs (and operate the clutch). If you just start and stop the bike you will cause condensation on the engine and exhaust but will not create enough heat for it to evaporate after you turn the bike engine off.
When you say operate the clutch, do you mean just working the lever or physically go through a couple of gears while having the clutch pulled in?

I can definitely run the bike every couple of weeks in my garage for a few minutes and do this if all it takes is around 5 minutes. Don't want to piss off too many people with the noise and fumes...
 

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I doubt you will be able to change gears unless the engine is running. Simply squeezing and releasing the clutch lever a couple of times will break the clutch plates free and allow some oil to get between them. If the engine is running then yes sit on the bike and change through a couple of gears to makes sure everything is operating okay.
 

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I doubt you will be able to change gears unless the engine is running. Simply squeezing and releasing the clutch lever a couple of times will break the clutch plates free and allow some oil to get between them. If the engine is running then yes sit on the bike and change through a couple of gears to makes sure everything is operating okay.
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