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Old 11-19-2012, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's almost too overwhelming

For how good of a resource the internet and this board are, it gets overwhelming.

I have a 2012 Bonnie and don't know much about anything with a motor. I can do the simple stuff, but even tightening a chain is foreign to me, for now.

Then you go and look for tips, suggestions, and what not...specifically, this time of year, with storing for winter.

One guy disassembles the whole bike and puts each nut into it's own plastic bag.

The other guy throws it into a ditch for winter and wipes it off in spring.

The other guy takes his battery inside, the other doesn't.

One guy adds sta-bil, the other guy says if you do your bike will be a pile of rust in the spring.

Maybe it's just because I don't know that much on the mechanical side, but holy cow...can it get overwhelming.

I'll be spending this winter learning more about my new bike, because I'm not even sure I could tell you if it's fuel injected, has carbs, or anything else like that.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the wonderful world of triumphrat.net!

A good basic article on how to winterize your bike can be found here:
http://amaproracing.com/rr/news/index.cfm?cid=51636

You have a 2012 Bonnie? It is fuel injected. From your avatar it looks like to have a Bonneville SE. I have one of those (at least it used to be, before I started messing with it)

Good luck with everything, we are here to help if you have questions.

p.s: If your questions are about tires, oil, or chain lube, I highly recommend you google search "bonneville tire triumphrat" or something to that effect. Those topics have been covered to the point of insanity a few times here. I will give you my suggestions now, Avon Storm 2 up front, Avon Azaro in the back. Rotella T6 oil, Dupont Teflon Chain Lube or PB Blaster TDL for the chain. Happy hunting.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Then you go and look for tips, suggestions, and what not...specifically, this time of year, with storing for winter.
Clean the bike, wax the paint, lube the chain, give it fresh oil and filter, remove battery and put on tender, fill tank with fresh fuel (a little splash of Stabil won't hurt anything), over inflate tires (50 psi or so) to minimize flat spots, store the bike someplace dry - fuggedaboutit.

You can do less, or more, but why would you?
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I take the battery out and put it on a shelf in my basement. Oh, I shut the gas off, too.

That's about all I do.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Some threads on Winterising and storage on this "sticky":

http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-tech...ml#post1150597
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Some threads on Winterising and storage on this "sticky":

http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-tech...ml#post1150597

Yea, I went through and read those, hence this thread.

It's just surprising how many different theories there are out there. I don't think I've seen two people completely agree yet. They'll get close, but then someone will throw something else in.
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Clean the bike, wax the paint, lube the chain, give it fresh oil and filter, remove battery and put on tender, fill tank with fresh fuel (a little splash of Stabil won't hurt anything), over inflate tires (50 psi or so) to minimize flat spots, store the bike someplace dry - fuggedaboutit.

You can do less, or more, but why would you?
That's all I've ever done with other bikes, four wheelers, lawn equipment, etc.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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+1. WhatEVER you decide to do, obtain the Haynes manual immediately. It will inform every decision you make going forward.

Really. Get one now.

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Don't be too nice to it. Pretty soon it will start to expect that kind of treatment all the time.
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