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Winter Storage and or not riding - October 30, 2009, 03:31 PM

What to do if you are not riding when it is cold.
1. Engines are best stored with a fresh oil change, and inside a weatherproof
building or shed.
2. Check the battery, clean the battery terminals, and connect a Battery
Tender or similar trickle-charger. If the bike has to remain outside,
remove the battery and store it inside.
3. Lube the chain liberally, and wipe some oil on the fork sliders. Be careful
not to get oil on the rotors or brake pads.
4. Be sure the tires are properly inflated, about 30-35 psi for most bikes. Also
try to get the tires off the ground if the bike is inside. If you don’t have
stands or if the bike is stored outside, try to move it every few weeks to
keep the tires from flat spotting.
5. The gas needs to be treated with a product called "Stabil", a fuel stabilizer,
found in most automotive stores. This makes sure that the fuel will not
break down while the bike is stored, which would leave a sticky, varnishlike
residue that gives motorcycle shops so much work in the Spring.
You will need to run the bike for 5 or 10 minutes after adding the fuel
stabilizer to your fuel to be sure it flows into your carbs. Fuel injected
bikes need only run 1-2 minutes.
You will also want to drain the float bowls on carbureted bikes by
unscrewing the small screw on the carb float bowl. Any fuel left in the
bowls for more than two months will turn into a jet-clogging sludge that will
cost you an expensive carb overhaul in the Spring. If you have a fuel
injected bike, you can skip this step and move on to the next.
6. Be sure your tank is full to the top. Air has moisture, which causes rust in
the tank—no air in the tank, no moisture.
7. If your bike has a liquid cooling system, check it’s level and anti-freeze
with a hydrometer. Drain, flush and replace anti-freeze if necessary. We
do it every two years. Do not leave it low or empty, it will rust and
corrode your cooling system.
8. Go ahead and check all the other fluids while you’re at it!
9. Lube your cables. Lube suspension and pivot points. Give your bike a
good once-over.
10. Your bike needs a thorough wash job before storage. Towel off excess
water and blow dry with a leaf blower.
11. A cover is a nice touch, but be sure to remove it in a high wind if your bike
has to remain outside. Bikes blow over much easier with a cover on them.
12. Make sure the bike is locked up and the registration and other papers are
removed in the unfortunate event the bike is stolen.
13. Do not just run the engine without riding the bike during this period; you’ll
create condensation in the engine and combustion byproducts (acids, etc)
in the oil. If you take the bike out for a ride, you’ll want to get the bike up
to temperature, so make sure you ride around for about an hour.
Equipment and supplies you may need to do this:


Stabil, (fuel stabilizer)
Bike cover,
Rear stand,
Front stand,
Battery tender,
Oil,
Chain lube,
RnR Cycles

45700 WOODLAND RD,#160

STERLING,VA 20166






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Great post this will definitely give something for the noobs to look at when all these how do I store my bike for the winter posts come about....


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And if its a track bike and your storing it outside..and you have watter or watter wetter in it...DRAIN IT!!!


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Guys, just want to put a friendly reminder up- if you are running race take-offs, this cold weather makes the tires hard and they certainly won't get up to temperature, so you won't have any grip to rail through twisties. I can't tell you how many times I took off on my bike not remembering I had race take-offs on in cool weather like this and almost ate it in my neighborhood or the parking lot at work. Well, I did eat it once because of cold race tires. Anyway, BE CAREFUL. Take-offs are a great way to save $$, but if you're going to be riding in these much cooler temps, tip-toe around the hard corners and take it much easier through the slight corners. And, watch out for those damn wet leaves!

Oh, and for those that don't want to winterize their bikes themselves or those that want their bike stored, we can do this for you at RnR Cycles.


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Guys, just want to put a friendly reminder up- if you are running race take-offs, this cold weather makes the tires hard and they certainly won't get up to temperature, so you won't have any grip to rail through twisties. I can't tell you how many times I took off on my bike not remembering I had race take-offs on in cool weather like this and almost ate it in my neighborhood or the parking lot at work. Well, I did eat it once because of cold race tires. Anyway, BE CAREFUL. Take-offs are a great way to save $$, but if you're going to be riding in these much cooler temps, tip-toe around the hard corners and take it much easier through the slight corners. And, watch out for those damn wet leaves!

Oh, and for those that don't want to winterize their bikes themselves or those that want their bike stored, we can do this for you at RnR Cycles.
On take offs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeT7XehSAuM


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That was my bike you wrecked on cold race tires.
Yah, well it burrrly put a scratch on that bike. Yoyodyne frame sliders FTMFW!! Anyway, that does not compare to what you've done to MY bike!!! 3 times!

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I thought she didnt like to ride in the cold?
Hell, no! I hate riding in the cold. Do I LOOK like I'm built for cold? But back in the day, Richard lived in BFE Bristow. Do you know what a BITCH it was to get from Bristow to Chantilly by 8am??!? Man, I'd be an ICICLE when I got to work, and it took me FOREVER to warm back up, but I did it as long as I could just so I didn't have to deal with traffic. HOV, Baby!


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PS we do winter storage and service for $400


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