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Hey Folks-

I have never owned a motorcycle before this one.
Any do's/ don'ts for Winter Storage?

What Steps should I be taking if it's going to lay idle for awhile?

Thanks!
 

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Stabilize or completely drain the fuel, put a battery tender on and pray for spring.

Cliff

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Place your bike in a vertical position to keep battery fluids over the lead or risk plate fusion.
 

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  • Fill up the tank to capacity with the proper mix of gas and STABIL. Run the bike until it smokes a bit - then top it off again.
  • Pull the spark plugs then drip a teaspoon of motor oil into each head, re-install plugs.
  • Remove the battery and hook it up to a trickle charger - modern batteries like the glassmat in the Scrambler do not require fluid addition
  • Put the bike on stands and let most of the air out of the tires
Then, when you want to take it our of storage...
  • Drain all fuel - replacing with fresh
  • Change oil and filter
  • Re-install battery
  • Start her up and let her idle
  • Refill tires and hit the road
 

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On my bikes equipped with FI, I actually never "winterize" (I ride in the cold - as long as there isn't any snow about).

Never had a problem with this "method" as it is basically impossible for decaying fuel to clog up modern injected systems.


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Or you can do what I do....

Nothing...

Its always on a battery tender whenever its in the garage.

Maybe every month or three I pull the cover off, start it - let it get up to temp - run it for 10 min more so fan cycles on and off and then switch off - leave to cool. recover.

Mine is Garaged - so never gets really cold.

I have tried fuel stabaliser - it made no difference - I fitted it to 2 bikes and did not to the other 2 - bith started and run correctly.

As for dumping oil and fuel - why do that??

Modern Synthetics do not get as Acidy as previous - even if they do - standing is no different to normal use.

As for fuel - if you choose fuel stabilisers - which is OK - then why drain off - they burn out with the fuel.

Keeping weight off the tyres is a good idea... but not essential... Do new car that are stored in lots get their tyres raised of the ground and fuel and oil dumped - hell no.

Near me the big import yard - near the sea (SALTY AIR) has maybe 20,000 cars - I am sure some of them must sit there in the open for a year before being sold..


There is nothing wrong with what Tony is saying (except maybe oil down plug - where you would need to crank engine by hand to distribute the oil - or it does no good - and just sits on the piston and does not coat the bore) - but is it needed??

4 bikes for maybe 6 years - never an issue with doing next to nothing... just my POV
 

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I've never done anything to mine! Just left them plugged into an Optimiser and started them up come spring :)

But then what do I know :confused:

I do use ACF-50 though ... :D
 

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Ah I forgot - I do park it on some carpet, for some reason I think it's better for the tyres (it might be all in my head though!), and it makes the bike think it's indoors :toothy1:
 
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