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post #1 of 14 Old 10-14-2012, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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OK, so what should I do to my KLR when I decide to park it for the winter? it will be in my un-heated attached garage here in southern Vermont. I hope this doesn't need to happen until mid to late December but been thinking about it.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-14-2012, 11:28 AM
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Mine's spent two Winters in an unheated outbuilding when it didn't get a spot in the basement for maintenance. Do you think you'll at least wheel it out and get it started and running by March?

My opinion if it's going to be sitting for just 3 months or so? Fill the gas tank completely full, add some Seafoam and let it run long enough that the Seafoam gets down into the carb. Pull your battery and take it inside and put it on a battery tender once a month or so. Make sure your chain is liberally lubed to prevent rust from forming on it. Also not a bad idea to check your coolant and make sure it's good since the garage is unheated.

A longer period of storage might call for other measures such as completely draining the carb, getting the tires up off the ground at least a little, etc. but I don't think a 3-4 month period calls for a lot of preservation. Biggest problem that will rear its head is gunk forming in the carb if you don't drain it or use some kind of "stabilizer" or "treatment" in your gas tank.

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-14-2012, 11:37 AM
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I store mine almost exactly like Planalp wrote... Only difference for me is that my storage is a lot longer (7 or 8 mos) so I go ahead and drain the carb... It's actually cheap insurance and it only takes a minute to do. If you have a second gen machine you use a small allen wrench to drain it and if it's a gen 1 I think you use a philip's screwdriver. I just use a rag to catch the gas from the drain on the bottom of the bowl since kawi doesn't bother to put a drain line on it.

Another recommendation would be to ensure that you don't store it next to a freezer or fridge for the winter... The electric motors can generate ozone when running, and it can make your tires and rubber parts check prematurely.

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post #4 of 14 Old 10-14-2012, 11:42 AM
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I also put a bag over the muffler opening to keep little critters out of it. Additionally, I purchased a cheap MC cover to keep the dust from settling.
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-14-2012, 01:57 PM
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I do the same as the other guys, except I don't pull my battery out.. I have a battery tender with a Powerlet plug, and all my bikes have female Powerlets mounted.. Once a month I just plug in each bike until the tender says the battery is fully charged..

Also, I change oil and filter before putting the bike away.. It's then stored with clean, fresh oil that contains no acids from operation.. In the spring, I basically check tire pressure, look for critter invasion, and ride...
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-14-2012, 11:17 PM
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i ride mine this winter ! in Alaska mine sat till june every year watching roads like a hawk fighting myself if i should chance it ..

now im in a place where i can easily ride 300 days of the year ! so im going to ride !!

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I do basically the same except for a couple of things.

I fill the tank with a non-ethanol fuel adding Sea Foam or Stabil. Take it for a quick ride to get the carb filled with the new fuel. I have never drained carbs. My thought is that the seals should be wet rather than allowed to dry. I have never had a problem with this method and that includes when I owned 2 Honda CBX's with 6 carbs each. Bikes are stored in an unheated shed.

Also wash and wax the bike and lube the chain are a couple of things I can add to the list.

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-15-2012, 10:03 AM
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Be sure to lavish some time on it at least once a week to continue your love affair!!!

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-15-2012, 10:47 AM
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Winterize? I don't winterize! I don't need to stinkin' winterize! I live and ride in Arizona!

When I lived in Kansas, I could still ride most of the winter, and did. Not much snow in Kansas.

If you get cabin fever in Vermont, trailer the KLR down to AZ and let's do some riding!
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-15-2012, 10:53 AM
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As another note, I learned not to completely "disable" the KLR with extreme Winterization measures because it really sucks when you get a rare day when it's nice enough to go ride but it's too much of a PITA to get the KLR ready to go.

I also agree with klr4evr that there's no need to drain a carb as long as you're using something like Seafoam in the gas. I'm no carburetor guru, but figure somewhere in there are some rubber parts that would prefer to be immersed in gasoline rather than be dried out.

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