Catching a Yellow Jacket in your shirt @ 70mph can double your vocabulary
I was lazy last year and all I did was:
-put in fuel stabilizer and fill tank
I charged the battery in the spring, threw it back in and it fired up after a couple tries. IMO, alot of the stuff people will tell you to do is a little overkill for 3-4 months storage. The only thing I would do differently this year is shut off the fuel supply and run the bike until it stalls - had I done that, it probably would have started on the first try.
Things to do for storage on a bike. Use the search button!
a) make you sure you have good gear
b) ride year round
Saves the hassle
If you wanna say something, speak into the mic. It's right above my balls.
you could leave it at one of the many shops for winter storage and you won't have to worry about it. Come spring just get your insurance, call shop and p/up your bike
So much work & so little time!!
Awsome write up! i kept searchin and wasnt sure if i covered all my bases for winter storage but this answers all! great thread.. now i dont need to make a repost :P and now i can store my moto properly!
How important is removing the battery? (I hadn't even thought to do that.) I just bought my bike new and stored it right away. So far all I've done is put gas stabalizer in.
***If it's a race bike, put the coolant back in or you could end up with a cracked block next spring*** (If your garage isn't heated.)
And click on "Service & Rapid Service", Darrin (BCSB member WillyDarrin and Head Mechanic at Kamloops Yamaha) has some guide lines on storing your bike. You can also click in "Seasonal Storage" to request info by e-mail.
See you next season!
"Teach me to do it myself" Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952)
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Remove it or if it's somewhere you can connect a charger than leave it in the bike. Remove the saddle and connect a trickle charger to it. Either buy a Battery Tender from one of the bike shops or get a 1 amp charger from Canadian Tire and pick up a light timer at the same time. Set up the timer for 1/2 hour per day and plug the charger into the timer and connect to your battery. Red to red (+) and black to the frame or the "-" terminal of the battery. It'll be fully charged but not over charged (it's just a hard on it to over charge it all winter) and rarin' to go in the Spring.
A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.
FWIW, I use one of those $20 solar chargers from Cambodian Tire and hook up my battery for a day or two a month.
That's worked well over the last 4 winters
Take it to a "bigger" shop and ask for an oil change.....they should get to it around spring time...hahahah
Based on the stories posted here this is not far from the truth....
They may need to order in a filter...and a washer for the drain plug..." that would be a back ordered item... should see it in a few weeks (6-10).....then the mechanic would have to get the service manager to schedule it in....(2-4) weeks...but he wont have the propper tool to remove the oil filter...(2-4) weeks...the service manager will order it from Ebay since the shop owner is so cheap...Then they realize they ran out of your "special oil" and will have to wait till the next order....once they get to your bike some "other mechanic" went and used the oil filter they brought in for you on another customer...so they re order and the wait continues...
see incompetence has a use...
Remembering Bill Mclean.
Having had a colonoscopy......I have now seen where the sun don't shine......(Me)