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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-16-2009, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings fellow Vulcanites!

At the beginning of this summer, i purchased my first motorcycle, a Kawi Vulcan 900 Custom. I enjoy the bike and have added several thousand miles on it already. However, since I am new to motorcycling, I have several questions/ concerns regarding winter storage. I'm planning on keeping my bike covered in my driveway (I don't have a garage). I live in upstate New York and over here, we can get some pretty cold winters/ snow. I was thinking of purchasing the Battery Tender Plus and leaving it connected to the bike for a few months. I doubt that I will be doing much winter riding.
Now I ask...

Is a battery tender an absolute necessity for cold weather outdoor storage?

and if so...

Will Snow/ Cold exposure damage the Battery Tended Plus if it is plugged into an outdoor power outlet and exposed to the winter elements?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-17-2009, 12:55 AM
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If you pull the battery then you can keep it plugged into the Tender inside.

If the Tender was covered so the elements wouldn't affect it then it should be okay. But the above would be better.

Make sure your cover is good and tight. Getting moisture under there and having it sit like that all winter can't be good. You can't get it stored somewhere? Most dealers new or used have winter storage services. I know the ones here are like $250-350, depending on what you have them do.

Personally if I didn't have a garage and a brand new bike, and lived in cold winter climate like ours where getting to safely ride during the winter is rare. I would find a way to keep her inside. Either a buddies place or pay the money. Even a storage facility would be better.

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Fully charge the battery and bring it inside, it will keep a charge much longer. You can get a cheap ($5) float charger from Harbor Freight. I use 3 of them in my boat during the winter. I have several spare batteries I keep in the garage. When I pay the mortgage I top them off with a charger. Either way, disconnecting the battery from all electrical circuits during storage is the way to go. I don't winterize my bike since I ride it if there's no snow or ice. An extension cord in the driveway probably isn't a good idea when you need to remove snow. Get a good breathable/vented cover so that condensation can evaporate.

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I'm going to keep mine in the storage shed out in the back yard. It's not heated or insulated, but at least it's out of the elements. Maybe I'll take the battery inside or at least into our insulated attached garage, on a Battery Tender. The odometer should be able to keep it's mileage reading without being hooked up for that long, I would assume. Supposed to be "unforgettable".

What I'm wondering is, do you other northern folk who, like me have to put it away for like five months or so, also do the extra step of Fogging Oil in the cylinders?

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DO NOT FORGET TO PUT A FULL TANK A GAS..BOTTLE OF HEET AND SOME STABIL..thats more important than the battery

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like the first person said, keep it inside. it will be safer there and plus you wont keep thinking about it when your trying to sleep in the middle of the night.
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I'm from Canada and store my bike usually for abougt 5 1/2 months. I remove the battery and periodically check it. Fill the tank and stabilize the fuel. I cover the bike and then in the spring I put the battery back in and away I go.

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I have heard that Sea-Foam is better for fuel storage then Sta-bil. Cuz Sea-Foam is made to be burned, while Sta-bil is supposed to be drained out.

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I also use the Sea Foam, instead of Sta-Bil. Works great.

Some have said they've had problems with Sta-Bil, but I couldn't vouch for that myself. Usually, starting in October I always keep a maintenance dose of Sea-Foam in the tank and always bring it home full like that. Around here (Minnesota) one never knows which ride just may turn out to be the last one of the season.

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Definetly bring the battery in. I store mine in the basement, off the cold floor, and put the tender on it overnight about once a month. I live in northern ontario and store it in my shed. not heated. If you tarp it make sure the tarp isn't actually touching the bike anywhere as it will hold moisture in, build a frame around it and tarp the frame. this will keep the snow off it.
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