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post #61 of 103 Old 10-23-2012, 08:29 AM
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Winterizing bike

Im new to bikes dont know much about them etc. Getting cold here in nj and am wondering the basics to go about winterizing my bike. I got a garage and all so its not gonna be out in the snow.etc.duh. But what are some basic things i can do to the bike. Ive heard flushing things out etc, dont know how to do any of that lol. Any help would be great, thanks
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First things first: Get the tires off the ground.

1. Buy some paddock stands.

2. Fill up the tank with gas.

3. Buy and pour Sta-bil into the tank and run bike so it runs through the system.

4. Buy a trickle charger(preferably one with a 'float' mode) such as the Battery Tender Plus system(which is what I have) and hook it up to the battery.

5. Cover the exhaust with a trash bag. That's the only way something can get into your engine. Things like spiders love stationary objets.

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First things first: Get the tires off the ground.
As another newb who is about to garage his bike, why get the tires off the ground?

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Im new to bikes dont know much about them etc. Getting cold here in nj and am wondering the basics to go about winterizing my bike. I got a garage and all so its not gonna be out in the snow.etc.duh. But what are some basic things i can do to the bike. Ive heard flushing things out etc, dont know how to do any of that lol. Any help would be great, thanks
Almost time for me too but I'm gunna drag it out as long as I can
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now instead of goin the route of takin the battery out etc. Can u start n run the bike once every few weeks or so? to keep the battery goin. wont be able to ride it a that much if theres snow on the ground, but id rather start it up n take it down the block to keep battery goin. or just even start it and let it run for a little. Is that a bad idea?
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As another newb who is about to garage his bike, why get the tires off the ground?
so you don't get flat spots on the tires from it sitting in the same spot for months on end.

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now instead of goin the route of takin the battery out etc. Can u start n run the bike once every few weeks or so? to keep the battery goin. wont be able to ride it a that much if theres snow on the ground, but id rather start it up n take it down the block to keep battery goin. or just even start it and let it run for a little. Is that a bad idea?
if you have a tender on it, you wont need to start it for the batterys sake. It will already be fully charged. Starting could help to circulate some oil around the engine and keep certain parts lubed up. I'd think the bike would be okay till it comes time to fire up next season, then hand crank the engine to swish around some oil then fire her up.

I've never winterized my bike, but from what i've read most left the bike all winter. maybe once every couple of week start her up and ride her around.

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so you don't get flat spots on the tires from it sitting in the same spot for months on end.
Thanks for that info, I honestly had no clue that this could happen to any tire... I learn something new on this site every day...

you know, instead of doing work, like I'm supposed to be doing.

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Thanks for that info, I honestly had no clue that this could happen to any tire... I learn something new on this site every day...

you know, instead of doing work, like I'm supposed to be doing.

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ive also heard if u dont have tire stands to put them on. put tires on a piece of wood and rotate the tires every 2 weeks or so. like move bike forward/backward to get the tires on the ground at a different part of it. dont know how well thatll work though
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why would you want your battery not being used to sit below freezing outside? im going to take mine out and keep it in a warm spot in my basement off cement floor

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why would you want your battery not being used to sit below freezing outside? im going to take mine out and keep it in a warm spot in my basement off cement floor
who would leave their bike outside all winter long

But if your bike is sitting outside all winter long, yes pull that batter off and take it inside. Tuck it away in a good ventilated area and leave that biitch on a trickle.

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I don't put mine up for winter either. I ride all year.
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