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It's too dark and too wet. I thought I might ride thru the winter to shorten my commute, but I just don't have the jam! So, there's fuel stabilizer in the tank, the battery is on a charger, everything is in general pretty clean, and it's tucked away under its cover. I don't have a garage, so it lives on a pad in the back yard.

Previous winters have taught me that the chain ends up rusty, especially where it contacts the sprockets. I don't mind much, cuz it seems superficial and I clean everything up come spring, but it'd be nicer to avoid it if possible. So I slathered a thick coating of Bellray waterproof grease over the chain and all the indentations on the sprocket too. We'll see if things are any better come 4 month's time...

Anyone try the same trick? Comments?


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Mine went a bit surface rusty over last winter as well (parked on a covered deck, while under a bike cover plus full tarp as well); this year ... she's nesting in a corner of my living room ...

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try an old sheet or blanket which is more likely to soak up moisture. Before covering your bike, give the metal parts a liberal spray with a corrosion inhibitor such as WD40 which repels water. Try to store your bike in a warm and dry spot such as next to a hot water system.
 

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Pulled it into my Dad's shop for the winter. Might have some wood dust come spring but it's not going to freeze! Change the oil & filter next weekend, add fuel stabalizer and look forward to skiing!
 

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I just recently saw a Shell station with a new 93 octane Supreme option; yet am not certain if it is ethanol free or not.
 
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I just recently saw a Shell station with a new 93 octane Supreme option; yet am not certain if it is ethanol free or not.
Yes. I’ve recently made 2 calls to different offices of Shell Canada to determine the ethanol %’s of each option on their new fuel octane levels. And 2 local Shell stations. Mixed and inconsistent answers as yet.
 

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Be careful with those brushes as they may damage the o-rings in your chain. And about that floss you've been using Don...
 

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Interesting. Chevron needs the competition. But does Shell have it on a separate hose ? I've seen 94 at a Petrocan in Osoyoos but its on a shared hose, bummer.
Good question. About 4 yrs ago, Shell went from separate hoses from all 3 octanes, to 1 shared hose. So yes, to be a fussy person, you should pump .8 of a litre Into your car before filling up a jerry can.
 

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Good question. About 4 yrs ago, Shell went from separate hoses from all 3 octanes, to 1 shared hose. So yes, to be a fussy person, you should pump .8 of a litre Into your car before filling up a jerry can.
Wow! That's like, fussy to the n-th degree! Let's say there really WAS 0.8 L of fuel remaining in the hose - which is highly unlikely, since the entire internal volume of the hose, judging by the length and diameter, is roughly that same figure... At 10% ethanol, that would be 0.08 L of ethanol. Into a 15 l tank, that would amount to about 0.5%. OK, that's not NO alcohol, but...modern fuel systems are designed to tolerate 10%, or even 15%. I suppose I should admire this level of fastidiousness... (?)
 

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I'm not concerned with a bit of ethanol but if I buy supreme I want 100% supreme. According to my search, there could be a cup or a gallon left depending on hose and plumbing. No one really knows or I haven't stumbled on the facts. I doubt gas companies would want to advertise this info.
More money for gas stations. Sell a cup of regular for supreme prices adds up in time. Sure, it works both ways but regular outsells premium by a lot. I'll stick with Chevron but I've seen 91 on separate hoses at Canco stations.
 
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