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Winter storage

1726 Views 11 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  BritRider
Even though I live on Vancouver Island, and could basically ride year-round, I've decided to park the Sprint for the winter. I've lots of experience storing a bike for the winter, but have been wondering lately...

Why do I need to replenish the oil when I drain out the old oil? I'm not riding it any where, and have no plans to fire her up. It has always had synthetic oil so the parts should be well protected since I believe synth oil stays on the metal parts much longer than dino oil.

Any thoughts about this??

Must say, I had an enjoyable time this year and look forward to '07!

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The reason that I wouldn't leave my engine without oil is that there are major temp fluctuations in our Northern climate, causing condensation to develop everywhere. I change my oil and filter at the end of the season when I'm sure I'm not going to ride for a few months. You don't have to change the oil in spring. Just fire up the bike and ride, and whatever condensation that has accumulated will burn off. Bottom line, you don't want your aliminium bits in the engine to oxidize.
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