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post #1 of 22 Old 11-02-2013, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Putting 'er up for Winter...

Sad time here in Minnesota...getting ready for the long winter to come. I'll be able to ride again in April, if I'm lucky.

So the question is, how to PROPERLY put the bike up? I've got Seafoam, on the recommendation of a friend...how much do I put in tank, and when do I do it? Do I ride it for 1-20 miles after I put it in the tank?, and do I put it in a full tank, or top it off after I pour the Seafoam in?

Also, I purchased a battery tender, and said friend says to just leave it on all winter and not to bother starting the bike until spring...true?

One last thing...should I roll it back and forth once a week so the tires don't settle? It doesn't have a center stand, so I'm kind of at a loss there...thanks in advance, you guys (and gals) are great.
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-02-2013, 11:21 AM
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I would definitely get some Seafoam in the tank and take it for a good ride (at least 20 miles or so) to make sure the Seafoam gets down into the carb and sits there all Winter. The first year I didn't do this, my carb got clogged up with ethanol gunk. In the 4 Winters since, I've used Seafoam and it always fires right up in the Spring and I've never had to go back into the carb.

I store mine in a heated area, so don't worry about whether my tank is topped off. If I stored it in an unheated area where condensation in the tank would be an issue, I would make sure the tank was completely full. I don't think it matters much whether you put the Seafoam in before the gas or after. It should mix in the tank.

I probably waste a lot of Seafoam as I'm sure I add more than is called for. This time of year, when I never know if a ride will be my last, I usually put in about 1/6 of a can with every fillup so if I suddenly stop riding, it's already in there.

I guess it depends on where the bike is, but I consider leaving a Battery Tender hooked up all Winter an unnecessary fire hazard. I just hook mine up about once a month or so until the charge is topped off, then disconnect it.

I've heard it recommended to not start the bike and just let it idle for a short period since that introduces moisture into the engine and oil that's not completely burned off if the engine doesn't run at operating temperatures for awhile. That theory makes sense to me.

I've never thought about tires, but mine's usually up on blocks. I really don't think it would cause any harm to the tires if they sat in one spot for 3-4 months, but it would probably be a good idea to check the pressures regularly and keep them aired up since most tires slowly leak air. Since you're not actually going to be riding on them, I'd take them up to max pressure each time I checked and aired them up.

Guess if you have the space to roll it, it wouldn't hurt. I don't have a center stand and just use a couple of concrete blocks and some pieces of scrap wood to "lift" mine.

If you're going to store it in an unheated area, make sure you get a good coat of something on the chain so the side plates won't rust up and make sure you test your coolant mixture.



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post #3 of 22 Old 11-02-2013, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help...filler 'er up with Non Oxy, put in about 6 OZ of Seafoam, and took it on a 20+ mile ride. Nice and brisk, about 42 degrees, but sunny. I'll probably put the battery tender on in a couple of weeks, hoping to get at least one more ride in...thanks again for the advise.
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Because I am a dumb ass, I sttripped out the negative terminal hole while attempting to put in a battery tender...any suggestions would be appreciated.
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move to new mexico like i did in 09, had enough of minnesota winters, best option yet.

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move to new mexico like i did in 09, had enough of minnesota winters, best option yet.
LOL, ain't that the truth.

On 2nd look, it appears that the battery tender addition makes the bolt too short, so it's not reaching the nut...make any sense to any of you?
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Probably just the nut pushing back far enough so that the threads cant be started. Try holding the nut forward with a screwdriver to start the threads.

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Couldn't get it to catch for the life of me, so off to Pep boys to get another, slightly longer, 5MM bolt...a few washers later and all is well with the world. Battery tender installed after many fits and stats, but it's ready for a long winter's nap. Thanks again for the suggestions...it's all good and will be filed away.
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Dayum, how thick was the lug for the extra wire?

Glad ya' got it sorted out.

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Dayum, how thick was the lug for the extra wire?

Glad ya' got it sorted out.

Surprisingly, not all that thick, but it just wouldn't catch.

Hey, I'm a mechanical idiot, but reading this forum helps a ton, and give me the impression that there's no really wrong way to do things, as long as it's safe and it works.

So thanks again, even if you didn't reply directly, I'm getting ideas from all of you guys.
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