Winterizing - stands necessary?
So I thought that I'd be able to take my new-to-me 919 for some practice this winter, but being a new rider I figured I should start off in as near perfect conditions as possible. So I'm going to mothball her until Spring. In preparation, I grabbed some Sta-Bil, a Battery Tender and some maintenance bits and bobs.
I did not spring for bike stands though, and I wonder if I should.
1. I read that you do not want your tires sitting on the ground in the same position for an extended period of time, as that can cause flatspotting. Mine will be in the garage on concrete slab and apparently moisture absorption is also an issue. How big of a concern are these, really? I live in Chicago.
2. One solution for the water absorption appears to be parking on carpet mats or wood planks. I can do that, but are they effective? If water absorption is really an issue, wouldn't the tires just absorb moisture from the moist winter air at every exposed surface, all the time anyways?
3. I don't have a ton of space in the garage, and while I can shift the bike's position every few weeks to prevent flatspotting, it won't go far. Maybe move the contact patch a few inches per tire. Is that sufficient?
4. Other than for tire protection, getting the tires off the ground seems necessary for lots of maintenance anyhow, including chain maintenance and brake pad changes right? If not, how do I spin the rear tire to move the chain for cleaning an lubing?
If stands are an overall good idea and not just for winterizing, what are peoples' thoughts on the Venom front/rear stand combo? I do not have the funds left over for that Pitbull stuff. Thanks.