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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 09-13-2007, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all;

Fall is almost here and the riding season will be ending soon, at least up here in the northeast. The past three years I've stored my bike at Great Bay up in Hampton, NH, but this year I finally have my own garage to keep her in. Any suggestions for the best way to winterize and store my Bonnie?

I'd appreciate any advice you have, especially since Don took care of everything before.

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Old 09-13-2007, 02:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Arrow This is what I'm going to do . . .

Fill the tank up with high test
Add dry gas
Turn petcock off and run her until she shuts down
Put her up on her center stand
Put the cover on

I'm sure I will get scolded for doing something or forgetting something here!
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First-DO NOT USE STABIL OR ANY OTHER ADDITIVES IN THE TANK. It's ok for movers, but you are best off to take the tank off and empty it and keep it in this house. If you can't do that, fill it up with racing fuel. Run it dry and drain the floats.Second: get a battery tender. Take the battery out and put it in the house and put the charger on it once a week or so. Mine is going on 5 model years old and never had a problem. I like to take as much off the bike (seat, tank) so I can give the frame a good cleaning with silicone spray or Black Chrome. I center stand it, put a small wood block under the front tire and wrap the whole baby in visqueen sheet. Then I put the cover on it. Residual salt from the cars can get to her if I don't and I will not let my baby get that stuff on her.
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Old 09-13-2007, 02:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Autumn is here too and won't be long until the ice and snow set in.

Clean the bike. Spray with something like Motorex clean and preserve. Fill the tank to full and and add an additive. Run the carbs dry. Take out the battery and store indoors and top up with a good charger once a month. Cover the bike and wait for spring. Then change the oil and ride on!

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Try to get the tyres off the ground and let a bit of air out. Saves you having to move the bike every couple of weeks.

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Old 09-13-2007, 02:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Move the wife's Love Seat out of the Living Room, and store the bike there. Nice, warm and dry!
Seriously, all of the previous comments, plus do all you can to provide a dry atmosphere. I put a 6 ml plastic dropcloth down on the garage floor first, then roll the bike on top. Cover it up with old flannel blankets -NOT plastic tarps.
Wiping the bike down with something like "Old Greaser" recommends to preserve the finish beforehand will go a long way in keeping her lookin' good for next year.
Here's one we can debate - I always drain the tank by riding as much as I dare before running out of gas, put in about 1/4 cup of Marvel Mystery Oil (here we go again!), then jut run it out in the driveway until she's empty. Next spring add fresh gas, and for me anyway, works every time, no fuel related first start-up issues.
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Thumbs up Marvel Mystery Oil

Gob - I might try that this Winter. It makes sense to me.
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First-DO NOT USE STABIL OR ANY OTHER ADDITIVES IN THE TANK.
Why? I used it last year with no springtime issues... not that I won't next spring, but what do you know that I may not?

I'm thinking of adding a natural gas heater to the garage this winter - that may be the best option short of living-room storage.
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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An empty tank attracts condensation with temperature changes = rust (unless you can be bothered to take it off and bring it indoors). A full tank of petrol (gas) doesn't cause any rust. The additives are just to stop the petroleums from breaking down and causing sticky globs. Still best to empty the carbs as there is only a small amount of fuel which will break down with time and gum things up.

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Old 09-13-2007, 03:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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1. *** is winter?

2. *** is wrong with stabil?
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