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Winterize/ Refresh - October 24, 2013, 09:56 AM

Unfortunately, I am done riding for the 2013 season so naturally it is time to winterize the bike and start the refresh process. Im pretty competent on what to do for a winterize, but this will be my first refreshing of anything.

For winterizing I will be putting in anti-freeze, fuel stabilizer, change oil, new spark plugs, clean/lube chain, and clean/recharge air filter. Anything Im missing?

What is typical for a refresh (I think thats what youd call it)? Is there someplace I can haul my bike that can take care of all of it? Typical prices?

I am guessing that for a refresh I need to get the forks and rear suspension refreshed, certain pivot points lubed, tolerances checked, etc?

My bike has been through I think 4 crashes this season so Id like to have a pretty extensive refresh/look over by a pro if I can afford it.

What do yall typically do? Any reputable shops that are a one stop type of place? Thanks
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October 24, 2013, 10:11 AM

Brooke's Cycle has a crazy special going on that would take care of the bulk of it for like $70. I just had it done for mine when I only went in for an chain clean/tighten. Also ended up picking up new tires too!
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There is a LOT you can do to winterize it yourself as tyou mentioned above. If you want to general service/refresh of suspension, engine specs, pivots/bearing, etc which is more extensive than the winterizing and check over that one might do in the garage.

I am dropping my bike off at MRP Motorsports in the next week or so to have the engine checked/refreshed, suspension refreshed as well as the "little things like head bearings, brake service/clean, etc. It is not a cheap option to do all that but with 44k miles through my frame and its fair share of spills I think a little TLC is deserved for my baby.

At the very least you want to have the valves checked for spec and your suspension refreshed in the off season. Outside of that most items and cleaning could be done by you if your bike is in decent shape right now(not ridden hard and put up wet like mine)


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October 24, 2013, 11:27 AM

I just drop the water out and put the plug back in. Really don't see the need for anti freeze being put back in.

fuel stabilizer, change oil, new spark plugs, clean/lube chain, and clean/recharge air filter. Anything Im missing? Plus I bleed the breaks and clutch (If you have a hydro clutch.) Now would be a great time also to pull the brakes and give them a good scrubbing or a sonic cleaner and maybe a rebuild. Also check over all the water lines for cracks.


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no water in the radiator and you'll get a lot of internal surface rust. Just cuz they ain't no water in it don't mean it's dry.


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no water in the radiator and you'll get a lot of internal surface rust. Just cuz they ain't no water in it don't mean it's dry.

Sense when did modern sports bike stop using aluminum?


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Sense when did modern sports bike stop using aluminum?

It isn't rust per se, but aluminum does oxidize. I put coolant in because of the anti corrosion properties not because my garage goes below freezing.

For anyone replacing spark plugs, it is worthwhile to check your valve clearance while down that far.


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So pushing it into the corner and attaching the battery tender isn't sufficient?


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So pushing it into the corner and attaching the battery tender isn't sufficient?
At least put some stabil in the tank and run it for a minute.


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It isn't rust per se, but aluminum does oxidize. I put coolant in because of the anti corrosion properties not because my garage goes below freezing.

For anyone replacing spark plugs, it is worthwhile to check your valve clearance while down that far.
Mine goes below freezing

Planning on it. I need to do some research on how as I have yet to dig that far into my bike.
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For me to do:
wash thoroughly
replace/fix bent bits
anti-freeze
fuel stabilizer
fill oil to cap
clean/lube chain
clean/recharge air filter
change spark plugs (maybe, not all that mechanically savvy)
rebuild calipers
bleed brakes
check lines for cracks
plug exhaust and raim air tubes
battery tender

For shop to do:
change spark plugs
check valve clearances
Fix quick shifter
Dyno bike and have custom maps

Yes/No?
Steering stems?
Wheel bearings?
What needs lubed?

Missing anything important to have the bike ready for 2014 race season?

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