Opinions differ on this but Short runs IMO will throw water in the pipes and if you do not get the bike real hot to burn it off, that water could produce rust. Also I doubt a short run would charge that cold batt like a nice tender in the warm basement. One more thing I do is put a large sheet of plywood under the bike to park on.I have the bike in the back of the garage, about the warmest part of it. I am going to get some new stabil as I think the stuff I used last year has gone to crap. As far as pulling the batt, would staring and let it run for a while each week or every other week work as well? That is what I am planning on doing with my other small IC engines.
Colder temps is right... i look forward to when it warms up to 0°F. The reason i pull my batteries is because i winterize two bikes, a riding lawnmower, a camper, a boat, and a sportscar. I put all my batteries into a central location and rotate them through the trickle charger.I noticed both of the earlier posters are in MN, where a warm spell is less likely and colder temps would mean that bringing the battery inside might be a good idea.
Hey check out this oil filter wrench. Instead of one that only works one a certain size of filter. I have some that will go around any filter, but the handle goes to the side and on our bike you can't do that. But this one uses a socket from the end. http://www.sparkplugs.com/more_info.asp?AAIA=&pid=41397When I changed the oil last weekend, I could NOT get the filter off. It's my first DIY oil change after the dealer did the 600-mile service. I managed to ding up the filter enough with channel-locks so then even when I bought the correct filter cap wrench, it wouldn't hold on there either. So I'll take it back in the spring and let THEM deal with it. Maybe not to the dealer, but to another trusted wrench I know.