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post #1 of 16 Old 09-04-2008, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question Winterizing My Bike??

Hopefully I have a good two months to still ride. Unless we have an extremely mild winter, I probably would be putting it away for about four months. What does everyone do to winterize their bikes?
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Hopefully I have a good two months to still ride. Unless we have an extremely mild winter, I probably would be putting it away for about four months. What does everyone do to winterize their bikes?
I haven't had to winterize, but put it up for two Iraq tours the past two years.

I drained the tank the first time, changed the oil and put it up on the center stand. Pulled the plug and gave it a few squirts and spun the motor with the plug wire disconnected. Took out the battery and put it on a tender. Started right up when I got home.

This last time (got back in Feb) I filled and Stabil'd the tank. Rest was all the same. Fired right up again.

There was a debate here in the spring about running it to cycle the oil... I have not done that.

don't have to winterize where I am currently stationed!

Hope this helps!

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What he said but fill and Stabil the fuel tank. Some people drain the carb. I never have as I run it with the Stabil in the fuel. Never had a problem and that includes my CBX's each with 6 carbs.

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I haven't had to winterize, but put it up for two Iraq tours the past two years.

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Thanks to all for the info.

Thank you Sean for your service. Itís very honorable to serve our country! I hope we have continued success in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hopefully we wonít need to compare muscles in Georgia. Good luck to you and all who serve!
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Florida Marine hit it on the head.. Although I haven't tried it, I've been told that Sea Foam does an even better job with preserving gas than Stabil.. I can't verify that, and I use Stabil on a regular basis in anything that gets occasional use, so that it's always protected and ready.. (String trimmer, chain saws, lawn mower, snow blower, etc)
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Florida Marine hit it on the head.. Although I haven't tried it, I've been told that Sea Foam does an even better job with preserving gas than Stabil.. I can't verify that, and I use Stabil on a regular basis in anything that gets occasional use, so that it's always protected and ready.. (String trimmer, chain saws, lawn mower, snow blower, etc)
I've used stabilizer in my sleds along with the fogger, and they always start first try every winter.

So, stabilizer is good, what about fogger?

And we are putting the battery on a trickle charge? I take my battery for my sled out but donít start trickle charging until about October for use by Decemberish.
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I've never used a fogger.. The biggest thing I'm after is keeping the fuel from varnishing and making a mess of my carb and needle.

Even with the little carb on my string trimmer, even after not using it for 4-6 months, it pops off within a pull or two..

Trickle charger, or a float charger.. Harbor Freight has a nice float charger that keeps the battery topped off.. You can usually find it on sale for 12 bucks or so..
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Ditto on what Marine said.

For a month or two I'd add the stabil. For 4 months I'd drain the tank.
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I've used Stabil for many years. Altho Seafoam and Berryman claim to preserve, they are basically solvents. I don't want to take the chance of solvent evaporation and fouling. Use both - solvent to clean up/maintain and Stabil to store.
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