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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Storing for the winter

OK, so what do I need to know about storing my bike in my attached garage over this coming Chicago winter?

Do I empty the gas tank like I do my lawnlower?

Do I take out the battery and bring it inside?

Change the blinker fluid? Tighten the screws with a left-handed screwdriver?
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 03:07 PM
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http://www.superbikeplanet.com/winterize.htm

This should tell you all you need to know. It's what I do, except I use a spray can of fogging oil rather than a turkey baster and I don't get the wheels off the ground but I do put a rubber mat and then carpet under them to keep them off the concrete.

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Good topic about now. i'm terrible about maintenance, so i'll probably do the minimum. i have a attached garage, and have considered short rides, despite the weather just to keep things active. any thoughts? i'm thinking a weekly ride or at least a warm up in the garage would be just as easy as the winterizing.

BTW- i'm in charleston sc now, but after myrtle beach next week i'll be headed to toledo OH. plenty cold there.
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A ''warm up in the garage" can create a lot of condensation as it cools back down during the winter. If you aren't going to be riding it, I'd winterize it. It only takes about a half hour to an hour.

I don't know about Ohio, but out here we get snow on the ground from December through March and icy roads longer than that, so the bike sits in the garage.

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Baron's Big Air relocated right side,
tombstone tail light,forkbag,
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alarm, power port, clock,
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A ''warm up in the garage" can create a lot of condensation as it cools back down during the winter.
True that. If you can't ride it, don't start it.

Top up gas and add fuel stabilizer during your last ride.
Change oil if it is about due; if not leave it alone.
Connect a battery tender; no need to remove or disconnect battery.
DONE. (If you have an AGM battery, you don't even need the tender.)

If you must cover it, do not use a plastic sheet. Cover must be able to breath.

Most of the rest of the stuff you hear are things that come from recommendations for LONG term storage and are NOT necessary for 3-4 months.
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This is my winter storage routine.

Wash and wax bike, add Stabil et al, top off tank a little extra full, go for few miles ride to get stabilized gas to the good parts and warm the oil. Change oil and filter (I change once per year ~5000 mi), charge battery, then disconnect negative cable to preclude any parasitic draw on the battery.

At this point the bike sits in cold storage, unstarted until spring, when I blow the dust off, reconnect the battery cable, check the air pressure in the tires, then go for the fist ride of the year.
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Thanks! Chicago winters can get brutally cold so I have no clue how to best protect my investment.
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Not any colder than West Central Minnesota winters.
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Personally I use seafoam for stabilizer and will drain my float bowel. I have found on my snowmobile that even adding stabilizer that some times there would be gook in my carbs after sitting a while so cleaning them and draining the float bowels after fogging the engine was part of my storage routine. Don't think I'll fog my bike but draining the bowel is pretty easy.

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Why are you leaving Charleston for Ohio? Gray Ghost, outside of Florence, SC.
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