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post #1 of 26 Old 09-10-2007, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Winter Storage

Not to upset anyone, but it's about that time of year at least for me to start thinking about putting the cycle away.

Low 40's are to cold for me to do the commute in the mornings and I'm going to be away just about every weekend for the next month. So my riding days are winding down quickly for 2007.

What's recommended?

Change oil, use fogging oil in the airbox, or not??, clean/lube approriate things? Take the battery out.

I even read somewhere to pull the pipes and put them inside because of condensation? Seems a little extreme, but I'll do what I can to protect my Carbon Satos.

Should you put it up on stands on both ends or just the rear? Etc.

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My method. YMMV:

Change oil and filter.
Wash it.
Lube chain.
Stabil in the fuel and a full tank. Run the bike for a few minutes.
Battery out on trickle charger.
Up on stands front and rear.

My bikes are stored inside.

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My routine: Absolutely nothing.


It's worked with the RC-51 for 5 years now with no issues. The only problem I've ever had with the battery was when I left the key on this summer. I hope this helps curb the winterizing craze. These aren't steel frame/steel gas tanked carburated bikes. You're fine.

Oh, actually, I have the tires resting on padded carpet, not sure that does anything, though.

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Instead of putting mine on stands I just park it on some cardboard. That way if there's a tollerable day I can just take her out.

Even in Michigan I still ride every month of the year, so stabil is the only thing I add.

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My routine: Absolutely nothing.


It's worked with the RC-51 for 5 years now with no issues. The only problem I've ever had with the battery was when I left the key on this summer. I hope this helps curb the winterizing craze. These aren't steel frame/steel gas tanked carburated bikes. You're fine.

Oh, actually, I have the tires resting on padded carpet, not sure that does anything, though.
Remember to remove steel plate under the seat!

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My 9er isn't a steel frame? Damn, maybe it's iron.

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My 9er isn't a steel frame? Damn, maybe it's iron.
Plastic, hence the "flex"




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What's winter?

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Maybe I don't want to move to South Dakota after all!

Yeah ya do, cause there's LOTS of trails in the Hills for Dirt Bikes/Four-wheelers and snowmobiles.

Near Rapid you could ride every month of the year also. Where I'm at that's not really an option.

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I keep fresh fuel running through the engine all winter, by riding more in the fall, winter, and spring than i do in the summer. I think we've had less than inch of snowfall total since i moved here in 1980.

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My winterizing ritual is... to just get on it & ride.... every friggin' day of the year!

Why? Because... I... can!

Riding Palomar mid winter. Just for Kristin....

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We used to have winter, back in the day before the polar bears starved and the ice caps melted.

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I don't just the same as ragdoll. I have my wife fire it up and run in for about 10 min or less once a week while I'm gone. When I'm home, if roads are clear and temperate, I ride. Rear stand only for me.

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Well, if you'd stop riding your moorsickle and playin' that darned ya-ya music.......

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I'm going to find the pollutanist pig of a car / truck I can drive, idle it all day long until global warming kicks in and I can ride my bike all year long.

For the freekin 6 months of the year I have to park it due to severe snow... battery comes out, full tank with stabilizer, oil change, and nice n' clean. Rear stand if I can get my hands on one, but looks doubtful this year.

Did I mention I hate everyone who is able to ride all year?

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I would winterize it, 'cept its a lot of trouble, and there's a lot of those "perfect" days in the middle of December or January that I gotta get out and ride, and don't want to have to re-winterize it. Plus, all it takes is temperature over like 39.5 and I'm riding.

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South Dakota doesn't really use salt on the roads, so consequently we get ALOT of sand/gravel on the roads. So even if you get a few gorgeous days here and there, you've got to be so carefull with all the sand on the road it takes away any enjoyment you may get.

And than on top of that, everytime you meet a car or truck you get sand blasted. So once I park the bike it'll stay covered up until the first good rain or two to clear the roads off.

My garage sucks as well, so once it gets tucked away in a corner it'll stay there for a while.

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My garage sucks as well, so once it gets tucked away in a corner it'll stay there for a while.
Put it away and stay safe. Start getting your snowmobile ready.

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I just change the oil and put in stabilizer and pull the battery. I got the same weather as Cmelnick. I never know how many times its going to come out in the winter.

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Pretty much the same here. Fill tank & Stabil in the gas, pull the battery in the house & charge it once a month, rubberband baggies over the muffler ends to prevent moisture entering. Rear up on center stand, front tire on a wooden board to keep it off the concrete.

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After reading that oil thread and the oil website posted there, I was wondering if anybody thinks letting my oil sit for 6 months with weather down to -30F will deteriorate it.

ie. Should I change it in the spring (even though I changed it in the fall) or ride with the oil that sat all winter?

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After reading that oil thread and the oil website posted there, I was wondering if anybody thinks letting my oil sit for 6 months with weather down to -30F will deteriorate it.

ie. Should I change it in the spring (even though I changed it in the fall) or ride with the oil that sat all winter?
I've always read and understood it's best to change it before storage. The oil forms acid during use, and letting it set in the bike all winter can be hard on some items, especially clutch plates.

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Sorry, my question is vague. I'm going to change it in the fall forsure, but do I need to change that new oil out, even though I've never ridden with it, when spring rolls around? It will have sat in cold weather all winter... is that bad for it?

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Sorry, my question is vague. I'm going to change it in the fall forsure, but do I need to change that new oil out, even though I've never ridden with it, when spring rolls around? It will have sat in cold weather all winter... is that bad for it?
Naah! Change it the fall, fire up in the spring, top off as necessary and ride!

I change out in the fall on a warm engine, then don't fire up the engine as you normally would in order to cycle the oil through the engine and filter 'till spring.

Cold weather in itself won't be a problem. Condensation would be your biggest concern and capping off the exhaust / intake tracts would keep out moisture and the occasional critter.

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