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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 11:41 AM
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Oil and filter change. The oil is then good to go next year.

Coolant is fine. It has anti freeze. Draining it leaves the cooling system unprotected by the corrosion inhibitors in the coolant.

Either fill the tank to prevent condensation or drain it and swirl a tablespoon of oil around the inside to prevent rusting.

Run the fuel system dry.

Clean and polish it. Put a drop of oil on all the pivot points.

Remove the battery. 4 hour trickle charge once a month will keep it in good condition.

Tie plastic bags over the exhausts to prevent condensation.

Either use stands or if it's on a concrete floor use a bit of old carpet so that the tyres are not in contact with the concrete. Tyres should be above pressure if the bike is standing on its wheels.

Cover with a dust cover.

Leave it. Do not start the engine to 'warm it up'.

I prefer to ride mine all Winter. The UK doesn't get cold enough to need heated gear. Zipping the liner into my jacket is enough. And something to keep the chill off my knees for a long ride at motorway speeds if it's below about 5C.

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 05:24 PM
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I prepped the bike for winter storage today, sad sad day. Oil and filter change, *stabilizer to full fuel tank, drive chain lube, battery and seat removed, tire pressure check, cleaned, propped on paddock stands and covered. This worked well for me last year during my first storage over the winter. She started right up in the spring!

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If the bike is stored inside for just 4 or 5 months, just add fuel stabilizer before your last ride, spray the brake rotors with WD40 (clean off with alcohol in the spring), remove the battery and keep in cool location and charge at 1 amp for a half hour each month, and throw an old thick comforter blanket over it to help prevent accidental scratches or dents over the winter and keep the dust off. The oil is ok as long as it is low mileage since the last change. Keep in a location where nothing can accidentally fall on it.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 04:51 PM
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How long is it safe to keep the bike on the paddock stands? I plan on riding it at least once a month because the midwest winter hasn't been too frigid as of the past few months, would it be ok to just throw it on the stands for a few weeks at a time, with a cover over it, and not mess with the fuel at all?

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If you're going to ride it at least once a month, it's fine. You just might need to pay some attention to the battery. Although I'm not a lover of battery tenders it might be worth fitting one for this level of useage.

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