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post #1 of 12 Old 08-20-2011, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
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Parking the bike for a few months

I'm going to be out of the US for a few months and so my bike is going to be sitting. I've already got it up on stands so the tires won't get flat spots. My dad is going to start the bike and keep the battery topped up for me. He doesn't ride so a stationary run is all it will probably get. I am thinking that although its not ideal; it will be good enough to keep the engine from getting gummed up. Any other suggestions? maybe some fuel stabilizer?

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-20-2011, 05:06 AM
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Only 2 months?

Under the presumption the bike is indoors.

Bugger all - get a battery tender and hook it up to look after the battery.

Give the bike a good clean and top up the fuel tank. You could wipe down chrome or polished surfaces with a rag & WD40. Add a cup of meths to the tank to absorb any water in the fuel.

That's it.

There are bikes in dealers that sit for a year or more with less done to them.

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Rather then have possibly excessive runs on idle, I would top up the tank, add stabilizer, pull the battery and put it on a tender. Kinda a mini winter storage minus the oil change. Two months isn't too long.

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Battery tender, fresh fuel, fuel stabilizer and run it for 10 minutes. The ethanol fuel can phase in as little as 2-3 weeks. Two months is easy...no need to start if tendered. The wipe down with WD40 is good if you have temperature and humidity swings that cause condensation. Tires off the ground is a good idea, but overkill for two months.

I resurrected one of my dinosaurs after 5 years of storage with just a new battery, a shot of oil down each spark plug hole, and turned it over by hand. A couple of tanks of fuel with seafoam had her running well as I rode it out to Iowa and dropped her off for a relative.


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I'm facing the same issue, thanks for making this thread and all the helpful responses.

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post #6 of 12 Old 08-20-2011, 07:59 AM
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don't use ethanol fuel and put seafoam in a full tank and it will be fine.

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don't use ethanol fuel and put seafoam in a full tank and it will be fine.
Some of us don't have that choice. Well, I could buy ethanol free gas, but it would be at a minimum 100 octane. Great for the 2smoker, but not the 9er I've been gone almost 3 weeks, and I have until about mid october before I return. My prep was adding seafoam, filling the tank, and of course the battery tender. The only thing I'm worried about is that ethanol doing goofy things.

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I recently had to store my 919 for 3 months while I worked in Australia. I stored it indoors. All I did was top the tank, add Sta-Bil to the fuel, raised it with front & rear stands, cleaned/lubed it, and had someone crank it once a week for 3 minutes. When I got home I took it riding with zero problems.

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-21-2011, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help. I didn't have time to get it on a tender so thats why I'm going to have it run every once in a while. I'll probably have my old man put some stabilizer in the tank for me. I get back in December (so it will be around three and a half months) so I think that should suffice. Thanks again

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-22-2011, 08:32 PM
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Running it once in a while while parked isn't that great. It doesn't get hot enough to purge the moisture that's accumulated in the engine. You'd be better off to do nothing and put the battery on a charger than to start and run it every few weeks.

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post #11 of 12 Old 08-22-2011, 08:53 PM
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Running the bike just to idle it isn't going to "charge up the battery."
Send your Dad to "Big Box Store" and have him get a tender for you.
If you still won't get a tender, you'd be better off just disconnecting the battery.

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post #12 of 12 Old 08-28-2011, 11:28 AM
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no need to do a thing its all good ,,,its a sealed gel battery they need nothing...and starting bike just for the hell of it does more hard then good..

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