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post #1 of 16 Old 10-29-2006, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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919 Winterization

I'm getting ready to put the bike up for the year and wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything. I was planning to fill up the tank and put in some fuel stabilizer, lube the chain, pull the battery, and call it done. the bike stays in the garage which is insulated and usually doesn't get below about 40 degrees in the winter. Do I need to do anything with the coolant? The fuel stabilizer won't have any ill effects on the FI will it? Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-29-2006, 06:32 AM
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Mine is also stored in the garage. This is the Winter treatment she gets:
1. Wash and wax
2. Fill the tank
3. Add Stabil and run the engine for 5 minutes
4. Change the oil while the engine is hot - old oil contains combustion by-products and other nasty stuff.
5. Put it on stands
6. Cover the exhaust (no critters allowed!)
7. Lube the cables
8. Wax the chain
9. Clip on the Battery Tender
10. Cover it

I usually run it once a month for 10-15 minutes. Probably not necessary. But it's good for my withdrawl symptoms

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Just an FYI, running the bike once a month for 10-15 minutes can actually damage your engine. These short runs generally fail to give the bike enough time to burn off the aforementioned combustion by-products. In addition, internal combustion engines don't do well when you let them idle for more than a couple minutes. That's part of the reason why driving in rush hour for years is horrible for your car engine (in addition to the damage done by stop-go traffic). If you winterize, let it sit. That's the best thing you can do to it. If you take it out on a warm day, re-winterize when you're done riding.

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Aw, you had to go and spoil my fun Bock! I need to hear the engine during the Winter - it makes me look forward to Spring even more!

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I ride mine all winter. Sorry had to add it.

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If you start the motor, or not, it should get turned over some so the valve springs don't relax or take a memory set in one positon. This doesn't happen fast but it does happen.

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Winter? What winter? Riding season starts now.
Well, at least down here.

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In addition, internal combustion engines don't do well when you let them idle for more than a couple minutes. That's part of the reason why driving in rush hour for years is horrible for your car engine (in addition to the damage done by stop-go traffic).
What do you mean by this? What/how does it damage? I always let my bike warm up fully before riding - is this a bad thing to do?

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+1, websch. I just transferred here from Oregon and let me tell you I am enjoying the non-stop riding weather. Wasn't a big fan of only riding 6 months out of the year.

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I just suck it up and ride the thing about once a week. But it is a bit warmer here in coastal NC. Ken's instructions seem pretty good to go except riding. If you are going to go through all that just leave the thing until spring.

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Not sure what happened today, but instead of a winterized motorcycle I ended up with another 100 miles on the odometer. Guess I'll try again next weekend.

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post #14 of 16 Old 10-29-2006, 05:11 PM
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+1 on the riding season just getting started.

After Africa hot temps in the low 100s until September, 40s - 50s are a welcome relief here. It doesn't get down to the 20s and 30s until Jan - Feb here. Even then we have odd days where it might get up to 50.

Sorry, don't mean to rub it in but living in the South definitely has its advantages!

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sweet pic, Limpweed.

Wife just saw your screen name and commented that we have hard weed here.

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Yeah nice pic Limpweed. I'll have to post some nice Arizona winter photos for the guys with the garaged 9ers. That really sucks. We've been sweating our asses off here all summer to get to our riding season if it's any consolation to the winter birds.

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