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post #1 of 5 Old 12-29-2010, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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klr winterizing

Other then putting stabil in the gas and running it through the system what do you guy's do for the winter lay up.My bike is brand new with only 25 miles !
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-30-2010, 12:14 AM
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I ride mine every weekend in the winter. That keeps all the fluids nice and mixed and the gas don't go bad.

If you MUST store it for a few months, put Stabil in the gas, run it for a bit and shut it down. Turn off the fuelcock and put the battery on a tender.

In the spring, change the oil and ride!


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post #3 of 5 Old 12-30-2010, 08:38 AM
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Yeah, with a brand new bike like that, just run it enough to get some Stabil, or any other fuel stabilizer into the system. Toss a charger on the battery once a month for a few hours, or grab a battery tender.

Truthfully, I wouldn't change the oil in the spring. The bike only has 25 miles on it, so in the spring just start and ride.

Before I put bikes away in the fall I change oil and filter, so the bike sits all winter with fresh oil, and in the spring it's ready to ride.

Enjoy that new bike when the weather allows!! Mine are put away until the salt's off the street. I rode snowmobile on Monday and Tuesday night to subside the riding desire.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-30-2010, 06:29 PM
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Easy! Don't put it away and move to South Texas - it was 78 degrees this afternoon. Rode to work, went for a short ride after work (got out 2 hrs early) and plan on riding this weekend too!

Actually I plan on taking the Kid and his XR80 over to the local trails and let him burn some hydrocarbons. I'll go with him but I know better than to try to stay up with him. This soft (I mean SOFT) coastal sand is really tough to ride a heavy bike in. Kinda' wants to sink in and plow around then dump you off...

I've had mine 3 weeks now and I've already dumped it on both sides. Soft sand is also very forgiving. Know where I can get some good crash bars?
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-31-2010, 02:38 AM
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Winterizing a KLR;

Change your tires, next year I am going to have a pair of Explorers studded, that's the ticket



These are OK but on ice, well you know how that is. Studs are the ticket, then I can use it for trips to the store and post office and stuff like that without having to white knuckle the grips all the way to town and back.


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