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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-26-2018, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Winterizing you motorcycle

At the beginning of every spring most posts are about someone's bike not starting. Our northern riders are already seeing lower temps. So let's help prevent the starting issues before they happen. Living in the south winter means cooler temperatures and rain, but I still ride. So I always do a deep cleaning and full wax on my bike before winter hits so rust and corrosion will not start. Will the veteran motorcycle winterizers please jump in and explain what you do and why, no matter how minor, in order to make sure your bike is spring ready.

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Like you, a good wash and wax, then some fuel stabilizer. My garage isn't heated so I bring the battery inside and put it on a trickle charger. It always fires right up in the spring. This year I have a lift so I might lift it up so the tires are just off the floor and strap it to the jack before putting the cover on it for it's long winter nap.
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Like you, a good wash and wax, then some fuel stabilizer. My garage is't heated so I bring the battery inside and put it on a trickle charger. It always fires right up in the spring. This year I have a lift so I might lift it up so the tires are just off the floor and strap it to the jack before putting the cover on it for it's long winter nap.
How about the oil, do you change before storage, before you start riding again or just whenever due?

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Usually whenever it's due, but always in the spring before riding season. It's due now so I'll probably use 10W40 and change that out in the spring.
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KCW, this is for you.

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...My garage isn't heated so I bring the battery inside and put it on a trickle charger. ...
Two things:

chemical reactions are slower at lower temperatures. I think you are better keeping your battery in a cold garage than a warm house, provided the battery stays charged.

A trickle charger puts out a small current all the time. Motorcycle batteries are small enough that a trickle charger for a car will over charge a MC battery.

You either need to check the battery once a month, and if its below 12V put the trickle charger on it for several hours till it ramps up to about 13V, then unplug it and check it next month.

You can use any 12VDC wall adapter rated for 100mA to 500mA for a trickle charger on a lead acid battery, just keep track of the voltage while its charging, and DONT leave it on all winter.

Otherwise you need to spend $30 to $50 and get a battery "tender". It has active circuits that read the battery voltage, and then decide if it needs the trickle turned on for a while. Shake rinse and repeats by itself. You dont have to take the battery off the bike, or even unhook it to use either.

If you have a bike with key fobs or alarms or clocks or other stuff that is "on" when the key is off, you either need to disconnect the battery from the bike for the winter, or you have to use a battery tender, because the connected bike will drain the battery down while its parked.

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Once a month I put the charger on it for 24 hours. That seems to keep it up and I don't risk overcharging it. I've seen too many batteries freeze to leave it in my unheated garage all winter.
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I wash it if it needs it, fill the tank, put in stabilizer, change the oil, pull the battery and put it on tender inside my house, then put a cover over it.

Oh.. since this is my first winter with a carb'ed bike, I also turned the petcock to off and ran it till died (after oil change and stablizer).
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I leave the treated fuel in my carbs. Keeps all the rubber parts nice and moist so they don't dry out and crack.
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I leave the treated fuel in my carbs. Keeps all the rubber parts nice and moist so they don't dry out and crack.
interesting. I have no idea if draining them was good or bad but this makes sense to me.

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