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Old 12-01-2012, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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?


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Old 12-01-2012, 09:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Old 12-02-2012, 02:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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


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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
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