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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2019, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Rookie mistake?

Hey everyone. I’m in need of some advice. Coming off of my first winter as a bike owner I need to know what should be done when the weather changes and I can get my baby out of storage. V Star 950 tourer had tank filled with treated fuel and battery was pulled and is on tender. I didn’t change the oil before storage. What should I do? Just drain oil cold to keep crap out of motor? Or get it up to temp and then change. Change oil 2 times? Please help me with any thing else I should check before I get one and start riding. Longest....winter...ever....
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you already did what you need to do, stabilize the fuel and keep an eye on the battery so it does not self discharge

put the battery back in the bike, check your tire pressure, start it up and pick up where you left off the day you parked it

Nothing is going to go bad on the oil just sitting in the cold. If its due for an oil change take it for a short ride to stir it up, and then change oil and filter like you normally would.

Some people keep their oil for the 4000 mile recommended interval, even if its longer than one year. Others change it every 6 months no matter what. If you are running synthetic oil, I would keep it for the full 4000 mile distance, unless the bike is sitting for years.

The bike might feel just a bit off with the tank full of stabilized fuel. Nothing dramatic, or maybe its just from not riding for several months and it takes a few hundred miles to get in tune with the bike again. I usually try to run the stored tank down as far as possible before putting fresh gas in the bike.. but thats just me.

No mistakes on your part - nicely done.
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Some other things you can do to get ready...

pull the liner and cheek pads out of your helmet and wash them. Sometimes it takes more than a day to dry out

if you have textile riding gear toss it in the wash

if your left boot has a hole in the sole, good time to order a new pair from bikebandit or revzilla
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Thanks! I’m trying to not over think it, which is hard not to when you are sitting inside dreaming of riding in the spring. I guess I will just get her out and take a ride and change the oil. I think I will run the tank to empty and then put fresh gas in it. Then it’s on to installing all the mods I’ve been collecting all winter. New exhaust, tuner, headlight, grips. Can’t wait to see it all done. Thanks again for your response.
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Will do Bevo. I’m curious what you guys will think of it.
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Here we go ladies and gents. Finally warm enough to ride here in eastern Pa. I said I would share my mods when they were all installed.

-New V&H twin slash cut slip on exhaust

-Cobra big air intake

-Cobra Fi2000R O2 fuel tuner

-Led Daymaker headlight

-Kuryakn Kinetic grips with throttle boss

-Low and mean coil relocation bracket and cover

Most of them were fairly simple to install. I did them over a few months. Some took some time and frustration but I am extremely happy with all of it. I’m considering new handlebars in the future but haven’t decided yet. Hope everyone is having a good and safe time riding.
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