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post #1 of 6 Old 11-12-2009, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Winter bike care.?

Winter is really a terrible season for motorcycle enthusiasts. Lot of us park our bikes for a few weeks during the winter. A mechanic told me if guys would start their bikes up once a week and let it run for a few minutes, it would prevent a lot of problems. He also suggested to use a small trickle charger to keep the battery fully charged. What kind of extra bike care should I have whiled winter season.

Any advice will be helpful.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-12-2009, 03:20 PM
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Starting the bike for a few minutes will actually cause problems. You're going to induce moisture into the oil that never gets hot enough to evaporate it off..

First, make sure your gas always has a fuel stabilizer in it so the gas doesn't go bad.. Sea Foam or Stabil work great.. When you fill your bike and you know you might not run it for a week or more, just toss in a few oz. of fuel stabilizer at the same time, and make sure that fuel's gotten into your carb. A few miles of running will do this..

That's pretty much all I do, and my bike sits from November to March, or whenever the salt gets washed off the streets around here.

I typically change oil before putting the bike away, too.. Fresh oil with minimal acids in it is better than old oil in the bike all winter.

One question.. Since you live in California, how long will your bike be down? I'd think keeping fuel stabilizer in your gas will just about cover you in that area, since you'll be able to get the bike out fairly often..

In my area, when the streets aren't covered in snow, they're covered in salt, or both.. Bike goes away and the snowmobile comes out..
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Winterizing- switch to thicker jacket.
Summerizing- go back to the denim.

LOLOLOL

Even in the midwest there's a day or two per month in the 30's-40's,
enough to motor around town to get it FULLY warmed and keep the
battery fresh.
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Even in the midwest there's a day or two per month in the 30's-40's,
enough to motor around town to get it FULLY warmed and keep the
battery fresh.
Yes, but you're also going to get your bike COVERED in salt.. I don't like corroded aluminum and rust.. If someone wishes to have their bike eaten by these things, that's fine.. I don't remember reading that the frames are zinc coated or undercoated. Even one day in that crap will have your zinc fasteners turning white with corrosion.

I don't have a heated garage so I can wash my bike after a ride in salt covered roads, and here in the Midwest, salt's on the road from the first snow until the first good spring rain that washes it off.. The salt starts at the end of my driveway, and I'm not riding up and down my 60' of driveway to warm my bike up..

Just sayin'..
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Dealrocker,
Starting the bike for a few minutes will actually cause problems. You're going to induce moisture into the oil that never gets hot enough to evaporate it off..

First, make sure your gas always has a fuel stabilizer in it so the gas doesn't go bad.. Sea Foam or Stabil work great.. When you fill your bike and you know you might not run it for a week or more, just toss in a few oz. of fuel stabilizer at the same time, and make sure that fuel's gotten into your carb. A few miles of running will do this..

That's pretty much all I do, and my bike sits from November to March, or whenever the salt gets washed off the streets around here.

I typically change oil before putting the bike away, too.. Fresh oil with minimal acids in it is better than old oil in the bike all winter.

One question.. Since you live in California, how long will your bike be down? I'd think keeping fuel stabilizer in your gas will just about cover you in that area, since you'll be able to get the bike out fairly often..

In my area, when the streets aren't covered in snow, they're covered in salt, or both.. Bike goes away and the snowmobile comes out..
I do the same as Paper (live in the same region).

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Paper,

The salt issue cannot EVER be understated and you are dead on.
I too factor that in and wait for a rain OR rinse and wipe the
bike really well. Still, salt-dust gets everywhere so keep that
in mind during penguin weather. I'm literally in the rustbelt along
the southern tip of Lake Michigan an hour from Chicago. Winter
gets brutal but we're far enough south to get those freak warm days
that crop up and dissapear just as fast.

Garden hoses n' leaf blowers forever,
(Dirt's one thing, salt is like cancer, and btw, zinc-plate sucks.)
Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeap
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