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post #1 of 3 Old 03-15-2009, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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I'm the guy who jumps into every topic about bike storage, and the do's and don'ts, and mentioning that you need to fill the tank with gas and a fuel stabilizer..

Last fall, I shoved my KLR to the front of the garage and didn't prep it..

I prepped my BMW, and my GoldWing, but the KLR got ugly stepchild status and wasn't touched until today..

The weather's been nice for the last few days.. I rode the Wing to work on Friday when it was 9 degrees (F) out.. Popped right off, like I knew it would.. It was a chilly ride to work, but I dressed for it, and the ride after work was WONDERFUL!!

So, today I pulled the KLR out of it's stall, expecting the worse.. I didn't charge the battery, fill the tank, change the oil or anything else before putting it up for winter.. As luck would have it, after pulling the choke and cranking the starter (still without a charger on it) it popped a couple times after running the starter for a few seconds, and then settled into a nice high idle.. I let it warm a bit and then rolled it backwards to find the rear tire just about flat..

I shut it down and checked the oil, put what air I had in my tank into the rear tire, and gave the bike a quick look over.. I rode to the gas station to fill the tank, since it had 180 miles on it when I put it away, and then filled both tires to 34f and 36r rear, and went for a ride..

The darned thing rode like I put it way yesterday!!

So, at 16,740 miles, the bike is an oil change away from being ready to ride for the season!! I must have a really slow leak, or a loose valve stem on the rear tire, so I'll check that over and keep an eye on it, but in the end, I can't complain about this old workhorse.

I got lucky with this used 02' KLR when I bought it in 04' at 1300 miles.. It's a keeper!!!
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I'm the guy who jumps into every topic about bike storage, and the do's and don'ts, and mentioning that you need to fill the tank with gas and a fuel stabilizer..

Last fall, I shoved my KLR to the front of the garage and didn't prep it..

That's to be expected. The doctor smokes, the lawyer lies, the body mans car looks like crap .......

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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