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post #1 of 14 Old 11-23-2006, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Winterizing

Hey guys and gals, I'm looking to find out what everyone does for their bikes to put them up for the winter. I normaly don't winterize my toys, but this year I have the KLR and the wee-Strom. The KLR will be ridden enought all year so I don't winterize it,( I try to ride at least once a week) but the wee is going to be sitting until it warms up next spring. I am wanting to put it in the shed so I will have room in the garage to do some things on the KLR, and with a 1 car garage things are tight with both bikes in there.

The things I know to do is
1)anti-freeze
2)fuel stabilizer
3)put battery on tender
4) good coat of lube on the chain

Is there anything else I should do to it when I park it for the winter? Should I do anything with the tires? (no biggy there I will be replacing them in the spring before I start riding it again)

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A COUPLE OF THINGS.

Daddy Joe, I am far from being an expert on anything. But being a parts manager for a fleet of over 1600 vehicles. If anything is going to break, I think I've seen it break. I tend to be a little overly proactive in my maintenance programs on all my iron. So here goes.

I would pull the spark plug or plugs on the bike and put a little oil in on top of the cylinders. What to use is your preference. It will all work past the piston ring grooves in due time anyway. If you decide to do this, blow out the recessed area around where the spark plug are so as not to get and debris down in to the cylinder. You are right on target with treating the fuel/gas. Sta Bil and or Sea Foam are both excellent products. Personally I like them both.

One thing I'd do is if possible. I'd lift the bike up and support it from the skid plate or frame. This is to get the weight off the bearing surfaces in the axles. In some cases in cold country, condensation then rust 00can occur in the wheel bearings when it sets all winter long in the storage position. Have seen this happen first hand in the parts end of the business a lot with seasonal arm equipment in cold country.

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Oil the cylinder!!! :co020 Good ideal, but the plugs on the wee are a PITA to get to, I may just go to the shed and start it once a week. It will be on the centerstand, so I can rig something up to fit under the forks to support the front, so all the weaight is off the wheels.

Thanks for the recomendations, I would much rather ride it once a week, or even two-three-four times a week, but come Jan and Feb we do get some cold weather.

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What is this "Winterizing" you speak of? :t0011
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Change your oil before parking it. Starting it during storage really isn't a good idea unless you run it long enough and at high enough RPMs to clear condensation out of the crankcase. Taking it out for a ride on nice days is much better for the engine. Spray any chrome or bare metal with a protectant to keep rust away, wax doesn't do a good job in storage. Plug the exhaust and intake to keep mice out. Put mouse bait out because the little beggars will eat wire insulation, seat foam, and anything else that they can get to. Lube your cables too.

Maybe we will get a mild winter and not have to worry about storage.
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We are going to have really good weather for the next few days, so I quess I'll have to get to the plugs, because if I put it in the shed there will be no way to ride it on the nice days, the KLR will get the call on those days. The wife has already told me I can't park it in the livingroom, so a controled climate isn't an option.

What do you all think about seafoam in the oil?
What would be the best oil to put in the cylinders? Marvel Mystery, or is there something better?
Seafoam or sta-bill in the gas?
Air or no air in the tires?

I really need to move to AZ so I don't have to worry with this stuff. :razz:

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Let's see here...

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What would be the best oil to put in the cylinders? Marvel Mystery, or is there something better?
You can get a fogging oil to spray into the cylinder. That's usually the recommended way. Most auto and bike shops should carry it (got mine at Canadian Tire).
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Seafoam or sta-bill in the gas?
I've used Sta-bil with good success.
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Air or no air in the tires?
I generally air them down, but not empty (the manual states 20%). If you can't store it with the wheels off the ground, the manual also recommends putting a board underneath the tires...I did that last year, and the tires were fine.

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What will I need to do next spring if I use the fogging stuff? What about if I use oil?

Thanks to everyone for the suguestions too!!!! :si0031

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What will I need to do next spring if I use the fogging stuff? What about if I use oil?

Thanks to everyone for the suguestions too!!!! :si0031
Worst case is you will have to change spark plugs, but probably not. Also you can buy fogging oil at Napa, or any other auto parts store.

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What is this "Winterizing" you speak of? :t0011
I think out here in Southern California it means a warm jacket, warm gloves, and defogger for the face mask.

People I know in Minnesota and Wisconsin; Put STA-BIL in the tank, shut off the gas cock, drain the float bowl, pull the plugs and squirt in some motor oil, put the scoot on a lift, and throw a cover on it...

Check your owners manual, they usually address it.
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