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Storing your bike over winter

Post by masterofinsanity » Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:47 am

Well got up this morning to see the first signs of frost so thought i'd start a post for storing the bike over the winter for those of us that don't use the bike in the cold months.

did a quick search across the net as you do and found this from http://www.motorcyclebasics.com/
(hope they don't mind us pinching it?)

Steps for storing you motorcycle


Clean It! - The first thing that you should do is wash your motorcycle. The last thing that you want to do is let your bike sit for months with dirt, bugs and road grime on it. Come spring you will have a tough time getting it off. Trust me!

Chain: - Once the bike is cleaned then you want to thoroughly clean and lube your chain.

Lube It! – As well as the chain all other parts that are prone to rust and corrosion, this would include the bolts, cables, and switches. (WD40 or another rust inhibitor will work here).

Oil: - It is a good idea to change your engine oil. Used oil has contaminants in it that can adhere to parts of an engine. Changing your oil will remove these materials. It is important that once you change you oil, you do not run the engine for a long period of time, this will just contaminate the oil again!! Starting it for a brief period will lubricate the parts in the engine. Don't go for a ride however.

Gas Tank: - I have heard that it is recommended that you drain your gas tank. This is not a good idea as it allows condensation to form. The tank should be filled to prevent condensation. Once the tank if full you will need to add fuel-stabilizer to keep the gas for going stale. You can purchase fuel-stabilizer at your local bike shop.

Carburetors: - If your bike has carburetors then you will need to drain the fuel contained in the float bowls. Fuel left in side them will become stale, and turn into varnish gumming up the inner workings of the carburetors. This will require disassembly and cleaning. To drain the float bowls there are screws located near the bottom of each carburetor, check your owner's manual.

Battery: - Remove the battery and place it on a charger. The best kind of charger is a 12 volt charger, which will charge a battery to full (14.4 volts) capacity and then automatically switch to (float/ maintain) insuring that the battery will not be overcharged. A regular charger will also work, but you will have to take care that the batter will no be over charged. If you leave your battery in your motorcycle over the winter, by spring time it will not have a charge.

Tires: - Having your motorcycle sitting in one spot for extended periods of time can create flat spots in your tires. The best solution for this is to elevate both wheels off the ground with front and rear stands. If you do not have a set of stands and do not want to spend that kind of money, your other choice is to periodically, (a couple times a month will do) move your bike around so that it is not sitting on the same part of the tires all winter long.


I would also recommend that you do an inspection of your tires, making sure that they do not have any punctures.
You should also add some extra air (5psi or so) to your tires for storing, because there will be some air loss over that time.



Taking the time now to properly store your motorcycle will not only protect it for the ravages of time and Mother Nature, it also makes it easier to get your bike up and running again when the warm weather returns in the spring


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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by Zedder » Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:03 am

Some good tips there mate. Thanks for posting this. :smt001



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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by wonderpupp » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:14 pm

So far my ZX6R has come out in the winter, for a few hours at a time - but ends up back in the garage festering in the muck it gathers. Ewww.



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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by masterofinsanity » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:35 am

thought i'd bump this topic as the winter approaches.don't forget to check your coolant mixtures guys.


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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by Mori Man » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:43 pm

WD40 = Water Dispersant attempt #40

You need something like Wurth spray oil / rust inhibitor to stop rust - WD does put a coating on but its not rust proof !

If you've got a concrete base garage /hut / shed / house put a wood sheet under the tyre's or better yet get a 6X3 sheet of Stirling board (OSB) and sit the bike on top of that, you get the added bonus of when your working on the bike spills don't stain your concrete. This helps prevent "creep" into the tyres it also stops you getting cold toes standing on an ice cold block of concrete :smt001

Sounds nut's but an old blanket / duvet over your cherished one also stops dramatic temp changes and the effects of mother nature.

Coat your damper rod and stanchions in grease.

Fortunately i don't have this delight anymore as the bike is only ever of the road for 6 weeks top's here :smt001 Still get 20c day's just now :smt007


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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by jake » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:54 pm

for the racebikes,dont forget to get that water out before this weekend!



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Post by masterofinsanity » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:59 pm

why this weekend?


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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by jake » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:38 pm

sposed to be fkin freezin init



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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by lewisdale » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:54 pm

mines kept outside under a cover, one thing ive done is puit a coating of oil on the forks to stop them rusting



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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by masterofinsanity » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:17 pm

just been out and its -2' C so time to check the antifreeze lads.........well not exactly at this minute but asap!!


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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by Mori Man » Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:48 pm

masterofinsanity wrote:just been out and its -2' C !!

shocking

+18'c day
+5'c night

:smt003

Sorry , I'll get me (summer) coat on :smt002

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Re: Storing your bike over winter

Post by RedexRobB » Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:16 pm

see the first bit of frost here a few weeks back when we had a cold snap. Just been wet and cold since....



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