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.
-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
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.
Yes, my bike is a girl
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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!!
I am a girl, please don't call me a guy!!
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Last edited by Crash in WI; 10-27-2006 at 04:52 PM.