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post #1 of 23 Old 01-14-2015, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Out Of Storage Tips

I'm a new owner of a 07 with about 9k miles on it as of October. I got a nice bit of riding in before things got too cold and then I had to stash it away for the winter.

I've got some experience with small engines on PWCs and Snowmobiles, so I filled the tank, put some sta-bil in, and ran it through for about 10 miles. After that, pulled the battery, threw it up on the center stand, and it is now sitting covered in a garage. I firmly believe that the less you do to an engine, the better it'll behave long term.

In preparation for when spring finally does roll around in Michigan, what are some things you always do when bringing a bike out from storage? The PO changed the oil last spring and didn't put many miles on it (<700 total) so I don't think I'll be changing the oil yet, but what are some things to check and do before I get out and start riding?

My Common Sense List:
-Check tires for wear / pressure
-Check chain, lube
-Check and adjust suspension (I never set it for me)

I'm also going to be throwing on some Renthals and a PIAA horn, but I don't think that'd necessarily open the door to other maintenance checks. However, if anyone has a suggestion on some nice grips to go with the Renthals, I'm certainly willing to look...

Thanks again for all your help. This forum is really great and I appreciate the advice.


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Well, I'm sure I do a lot less than some and maybe more than a few.

You did basically what I've been doing for years to prep for storage. I fill the tank, run some stable through it. Lube the chain. Put it on the center stand and put the front wheel off the ground as well. Pull the battery and bring it in the house and on a Battery Tender for the winter. Put some rubber caps over the muffler outlets. I clean it, cover it. Say good night to it.

In the spring I always change the oil and filter regardless of how many miles I rode last season.
Check the tire pressures. Clean and lube the chain. Wash the bike again. RIDE!!! Fill with fresh gas as soon as possible.
I've been doing this for many years on several bikes and have never had any issues.

Again, I'm sure many people do a lot more but that's my routine.

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What is this storage thingy you speak of?


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What is this storage thingy you speak of?
What he said. ^^ and I'm in Canada.

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So if the bike is new to you then you should check into normal maintenance items. Engine coolant and brake fluid should both be changed every few years and you should check and clean out the air filter. All of these are real easy on the 919.
With 9000 miles you should be at least on your second set of tires so they won't be too old. Check date marking on tires if you are not sure.
Look at the brake pads for wear but they should be ok.

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When it comes to used cars and bikes, I assume no maintenance fluids have been changed.

Then change them yourself.

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When it comes to used cars and bikes, I assume no maintenance fluids have been changed.

Then change them yourself.
^^ Same here. Especially brake fluid.

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I like to change the oil before the lay up.
Old oil can be acidic and etch away at the bearing surfaces during the long cold winter.

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Has anyone ever had mice make a nest in their exhaust? Can they get past the valves and into the combustion chamber?

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Has anyone ever had mice make a nest in their exhaust? Can they get past the valves and into the combustion chamber?

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I've seen them build nests inside the air filter.

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I don't drive my pickup much during the summer.
One summer, mice made a nest under my intake manifold.
Another, they made a nest in the box section of my frame. Come fall time, my dog was going nuts and little baby mice emerged from the holes in the frame rails.
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I've seen them build nests inside the air filter.
Yeah, we had the same thing happen with my wife's 929. Never had a problem with my bikes since I don't stop riding for very long in winter (if at all).

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things got too cold and then I had to stash it away for the winter.
NOOOOOOO!!!


TOO COLD!!?? This thread is depressing the crap out of me. PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) is REAL, you know. STOP LAUGHING AT ME!

Invest in some waterproof winter gear and a set of electrics and ride that puppy in everything but ice!





Oh, hi. Sorry, I have no idea how to answer your question. Carry on.

BTW: What's a battery tender?
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Thanks for all the great advice. I certainly will do a check on all the fluids. The PO was a very meticulous guy, I could tell by how organized his garage was, (That and the gorgeous 1969 Ford Bronco he had in there) so I'm not too worried about them. However, it'll give me a chance to familiarize myself with the bike.

As for battery tenders, it depends on what you buy. If you get a "smart" one that has a microprocessor and monitors the health of the battery, those can be worth it. However, cheap ones like trickle chargers that simply supply a constant, albeit small, current to the battery will actually shorten the life of the battery and likely fry it. At the end of the day, it's not really the best thing for a battery to always be topped off. They need to cycle a bit (80%-100% is good) to remain functional throughout their intended charge range. The best way to check the battery is to measure the voltage level relative to the manufacturer's specs, so check it every once in a while, but you don't need to throw the tender on it every time you turn it off. It's gonna go up and down but that's ok.

The best thing for battery storage is to take it out, charge it, store it someplace warm (ie inside) and top it off once every month or so. Small batteries like these aren't meant to last forever, so just make peace with the fact that every few years, you're going to need to buy a new one. And always charge on the lowest amp setting, normally 1.5 to 2 A. Not just soapboxing here. I'm a patent attorney with an electrical engineering degree and I've done a lot of work on batteries.

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Pretty sure Ken was razzing you, DSB, . He knows what a battery tender is, he just can't ever use one because his bike is always moving

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Oh I know. I wasn't trying to pull a "Steve" and be confrontational. In my brief time here I've realized Ken rides in conditions I wouldn't even dream of going out in. It's damn impressive.

I was just looking to clear the air a little bit about tenders, chargers, etc. The More You Know!


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NOOOOOOO!!!


TOO COLD!!?? This thread is depressing the crap out of me. PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) is REAL, you know. STOP LAUGHING AT ME!

Invest in some waterproof winter gear and a set of electrics and ride that puppy in everything but ice!





Oh, hi. Sorry, I have no idea how to answer your question. Carry on.

BTW: What's a battery tender?
Considering we have ice or snow on the road 6 out of 10 days until april, and the other days the road is covered in salt I'm all but forced to endure a long bout of PMS

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Ah, every time I start getting depressed about the state of things here in Arizona, threads like this pop up to remind me just how lucky I am to be riding to work everyday, and even getting paid to ride for that matter! especially when I travel on state business, I take the bike and deviate from the mapped route (because those routes are boring) while getting paid for the day and mileage. Can't get better than that! Here was a picture of my office at the end of the recent summer. Took the picture and sent it to a bunch of co workers with the following caption: " just another day at the office. Something's missing, i think I need a new chair. Maybe a picture to hang as well."

I didn't get some very nice responses in return....
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Ah, every time I start getting depressed about the state of things here in Arizona, threads like this pop up to remind me just how lucky I am to be riding to work everyday, and even getting paid to ride for that matter! especially when I travel on state business, I take the bike and deviate from the mapped route (because those routes are boring) while getting paid for the day and mileage. Can't get better than that! Here was a picture of my office at the end of the recent summer. Took the picture and sent it to a bunch of co workers with the following caption: " just another day at the office. Something's missing, i think I need a new chair. Maybe a picture to hang as well."

I didn't get some very nice responses in return....
That's fantastic to be able to ride for your job that much

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Dan, To avoid uncertainty about the fluid changes just give the PO a call. And you can ask him what kind of oil he used... LOL

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Ah, every time I start getting depressed about the state of things here in Arizona, threads like this pop up to remind me just how lucky I am to be riding to work everyday, and even getting paid to ride for that matter! especially when I travel on state business, I take the bike and deviate from the mapped route (because those routes are boring) while getting paid for the day and mileage. Can't get better than that! Here was a picture of my office at the end of the recent summer. Took the picture and sent it to a bunch of co workers with the following caption: " just another day at the office. Something's missing, i think I need a new chair. Maybe a picture to hang as well."

I didn't get some very nice responses in return....
All this talk of banning.... I'm starting to feel the itch again...

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All this talk of banning.... I'm starting to feel the itch again...
Pffffft. Lots of talk! Bring it on.

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All this talk of banning.... I'm starting to feel the itch again...
U wot m8?! I swear on me mum... I dare you.

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