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Offline JimO

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Winter Storage
« on: November 29, 2015, 01:58:56 am »
I know this has been covered before but I can't seem to find the thread for recommendations for putting the bike up for the winter. Any help out there?  Thanks.
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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2015, 10:50:33 am »
If it's going to sit for more than a month or so, I suggest you do the following:

1) Get as much of the Ethanol-laced gasoline out and find some E0 (Ethanol free) gasoline and fill it up.  Alternatively, use some quality fuel stabilizer to keep the Ethanol from separating and making a mess of things.
2) Change the engine oil and filter.  I also prefer to change the final drive oil at every oil change.
3) If it's been more than a year, flush your brake and clutch fluid and use new DOT4.
4) If it's been more than a year, flush the coolant.
5) While you have the plastics off, check the air filter and replace if necessary.
6) If you haven't done so already, install a battery tender pigtail so you can keep it on a tender all winter.
7) Hope for an early Spring!

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2015, 11:12:31 am »
If it's going to sit for more than a month or so, I suggest you do the following:

1) Get as much of the Ethanol-laced gasoline out and find some E0 (Ethanol free) gasoline and fill it up.  Alternatively, use some quality fuel stabilizer to keep the Ethanol from separating and making a mess of things.
6) If you haven't done so already, install a battery tender pigtail so you can keep battery on a tender all winter. 

This ^^^ is what I do.  Mine is in an attached garage, seldom gets below freezing inside. 
I start it/run it every 2 or 4 weeks in vertical orientation for 1/2 minute. 
Ride for short distances if weather is OK.

Have a friend in town who doesn't mess with ethanol free or fuel stabilizer or battery tender, and his C14 runs just fine.
Similar storage, but he rides his more often in winter than I do.
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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2015, 12:54:06 pm »
I do as Red Fox.  Bike stays on battery tender when not ridden all the time.  I do my oil changes in spring when riding season starts and have done so for 40 years.  I have a 2 mile loop around our neighbor hood and will make the ride a few laps every 3-4 weeks after letting it warm up.  I do it on my Harley Ultra as well.  Some may say it is the wrong way but its always worked.   :beerchug:
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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2015, 02:17:11 pm »
Thanks, folks. I do the battery tender whenever the bike isn't in use so that part is done. Pain to take the little cover off though.
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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2015, 02:32:50 pm »
Thanks, folks. I do the battery tender whenever the bike isn't in use so that part is done. Pain to take the little cover off though.

Route your pigtail under that cover to the outside so that you don't have to take it off to charge the battery.  :beerchug:

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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2015, 03:26:32 pm »
^^^^^^^What he said!  :great:
I just installed mine yesterday. The pigtail can be routed towards the rear and will tuck in beside the plastic and frame when not being used.
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Re: Winter Storage
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2015, 09:19:47 pm »
I never crank my bike if I'm not going to ride at least 20 miles. Any less and you don't burn the condensation out of the oil. Running for very short time only contributes to higher  amount of condensation.
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