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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-27-2006, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Winter storage tips (for those affected)

No big secret, I live in Wisconsin. It's already been below freezing here, so it's about time to put the bike in storage for the season.

I'm lucky enough to have heated underground parking, but I still like to prep my bike just in case.

You'll need:
-Oil and filter (filter wrench possibly, and oil collection container)
-Stabil or other fuel additive
-Tools to take battery out, and battery tender or charger
-Soap and water/cleaning materials
-Cover for bike/stands/cardboard

How to:
Take your bike for a little bit of a ride to get her warm- but not hot! Run her to the gas station, you'll want a full tank of gas for this. Once she's warm, go home and change the oil. This is a step that once you've seen it done, you can probably do on your own. I like the K&N filters because they are easier to install/remove, and they have the space to safety wire it for the track.

Once you have the oil changed, add the Stabil to your gas tank. Read the directions on the bottle!

Take the battery out of your bike. You'll want to keep it somewhere warm for the winter (mine was on my kitchen counter all last winter, but I also had tires in the living room, so I'm a little weird.)

Wash up your bike, get all the icky bugs off of her, give her some love!! Let her dry, and then careful move her to where she'll be stored. If you have bike stands, you will want her in those for the winter. If not, try to find a piece of rug, cardboard, or other softer surface for the tires to sit on. DO NOT let your tires sit on bare concrete, you'll have a flat spot in spring!!
Cover her with a breathable fabric, bike cover, or similar.

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PS- Don't forget to take anything you might need out of the truck/storage of your bike. You'll forget it's there and look for it forever. Also, put your bike key somewhere obvious or you'll look endlessly in the spring!!

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Re: Winter storage tips (for those affected)

Now that your bike is done, here's what to do with your gear:

I like to clean my helmet. I take off the shields, wipe them down, and wipe down the helmet casing. I put them in their little bag, and store them in the house.

I like to hang my leathers on THICK hangers. Like the big display hangers they use in nice department stores. They are hard to find, but may have come with your gear. I take luke-warm water and a soft cloth to remove any bugs/debris on my leathers. DO NOT soak them in water!! Just wipe them off like you would a kitchen table. Let them dry for a bit, then take a leather conditioner and rub that all over the leather. Make sure you get the spots that tend to wear faster really well- like under the arms, elbows, collars/cuffs, zipper sides, etc. Let dry in open air before putting away.

I like to take my boots apart, wipe down, and WD-40 them so they don't squeak as bad. Let them dry, put away.

Put your bike gear all in a similar area so you can find it in the spring. Take note of what you may need, add it to your holiday list!!

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You are on it!!!!

I myself like to ...wax, wash it, fill her with gas, and keep riding!!!
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You are on it!!!!

I myself like to ...wax, wash it, fill her with gas, and keep riding!!!
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Thats what I do too..even though we have this thing called snow to keep us from riding.

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Thats what I do too..even though we have this thing called snow to keep us from riding.
snow shouldn't stop you from riding her....
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Re: Winter storage tips (for those affected)

and if nothing else... leave the battery on the bike and start it up every couple of weeks or so. that'll keep the oil moving around a bit and keep the battery charged. but hey... to each his own. I ride year round unless its raining... forget that!

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Re: Winter storage tips (for those affected)

Oh yeah.. if no one posted it.. if you put a fuel stabilizer into your bike for the winter be sure to run your bike up to temp to ensure that the additive goes into the entire fuel system and that it doesn't just sit in the gas tank.

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helpfull, thanks

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DO NOT let your tires sit on bare concrete, you'll have a flat spot in spring!!
Normally after a year of riding tires are shot so it doesn't really matter. If your tires are still good though stands are a good idea. Good stuff but I think ron covered this already
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ya doesnt WI suck?
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