Indoor Storage ? - Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums
Street Triple Forum Owners and Enthusiasts of the new Triumph 675 Street Triple.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
Member
Supersport 400
Main Motorcycle: Speed Triple
 
Kutte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Calgary
Posts: 87
Indoor Storage ?

I secured a indoor storage unit last month. Because of the snow came so fast I was unable to change the oil. The storage place as a policy where I have to go in person to make the monthly payments, which I dint mind.
Today went, and wiped my bike down and I turned it on and let it run for a minute or two. Is this bad for the bike if I keep doing this once a month?
Also I'm thinking about changing the oil myself inside the unit soon, I never changed the oil in a motorcycle before, but it looks pretty straight forward, as long as I have the tools. What else do I need to know?


Sent from my iPad
using Motorcycle.com App
Kutte is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 09:00 PM
Senior Member
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: Triumph Street Triple R
 
Allworld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Boston
Posts: 636
Other Motorcycle: 2012 Tiger 1050 SE ABS
Extra Motorcycle: 2006 Sprint ST 1050
Well there are a few takes on this;
How old is the oil in your bike now?
You may just wait till spring or when you plan to ride it.
If you are not going to ride it, you could fill the gas tank, add a stabilizer to the gas, remove the battery and keep it on a tender all winter.
I ride my bikes all year, however some times due to road and weather conditions I don't get out for a week or so, in which case I will run the engines for a about 10 minutes every few days, I also use a product called "sea-foam" on a regular basis.

You can't have mountains without valleys.
2009 Triumph Street Triple R 37,400 miles
2012 Tiger 1050 SE 6,500
2006 Triumph Sprint St. 64,200 miles (Retired)
Allworld is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 10:55 PM
Lifetime Premium
Site Supporter
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: '00 TBS
 
petermholmes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Schenectady, NY
Posts: 638
Other Motorcycle: '09 ST3R
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kutte View Post
Today went, and wiped my bike down and I turned it on and let it run for a minute or two. Is this bad for the bike if I keep doing this once a month?
YES!!! You'd be far better off leaving it alone. That or, once you've started it, run it for at least 20 minutes to get the bike fully warmed up. Short runs cause acid to build up in the oil, which is the last thing you want to do.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kutte View Post
Also I'm thinking about changing the oil myself inside the unit soon, I never changed the oil in a motorcycle before, but it looks pretty straight forward, as long as I have the tools. What else do I need to know?
It is easy to do. The oil will drain faster and more completely if it's warm.

For your battery, if you've got electricity in your storage unit, I'd suggest getting a BatteryTender (http://batterytender.com), wiring it in, and using that. If not, take the battery out of the bike, store it in a warm dry place, and charge it at least once a month until you're ready to use it again.

And +1 on what Allworld said about filling the tank and using Seafoam (or another gas stabilizer such as Stabil). A full tank allows less condensation to form, thus helping to protect your tank from rusting. Stabilizer helps deal with the absolute crap they pawn off as gasoline these days by preventing the gas from forming varnish everywhere in your fuel system.

Last edited by petermholmes; 12-01-2012 at 11:11 PM.
petermholmes is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
Member
Supersport 400
Main Motorcycle: Speed Triple
 
Kutte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Calgary
Posts: 87
Thanks guys for your help. The oil is about 5k on it and it was semi-synthetic. It's deep winter hear in Calgary so I won't be riding till late April hopefully. Yeah in going to need to get that battery tender and change the oil for peace of mind


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com App
Kutte is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 02:47 PM
Senior Member
SuperBike
Main Motorcycle: 2010 Triumph STR
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,677
Other Motorcycle: N/A
Extra Motorcycle: Cannondale Freeride MTB
When re-installing the oil drain plug make sure you install the washer too and don't over-torque it. The oil filter just goes hand tight plus a quarter turn with a filter wrench. A shot of gasoline stabilizer in the gas tank helps. Charge the battery once a month with a 1 amp charge for a half hour (its a small battery) or use a tender. Throw an old comforter blanket over it to keep dust off and prevent accidental scratching. Remember after filling with oil (around 3.4 liters) that the engine needs to run to fill up the oil filter so you get proper level check. - Wayne
Wayne's Striple is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options
All posts must adhere to Forum Rules

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter your valid email address, that can receive an automated confirmation message. Otherwise, you won't be able to gain full access.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
T100 cover, indoor advice azrat Air Cooled Twins Talk 19 01-05-2011 10:28 AM
Indoor use of a battery tender dshafer54 Sprint Forum 14 12-29-2009 11:23 PM
Indoor rock climbing, anyone else enjoy this sport? Tattoed Red Head Biker Hang-Out 5 06-23-2009 11:39 PM
definitive indoor storage customcafe Club Cafe' 8 12-12-2005 06:33 PM
Storage on 05 ST perfectweb Sprint Forum 8 10-20-2005 07:14 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome