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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-27-2010, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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winter storage

Im going to be storing my bike soon and Ive read other peoples threads where they turn off the petcok and run the carbs dry. would running the carbs dry harm the electric fuel pump on my 02 Vstar ? my last bike used gravity feed to the carbs so this was never an issue.

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Its fairly low pressure, just take lines off and plug with bolts. I don't do that. I usually just put "Stabil" in the full tank and ride it for ten minutes or so and then just turn off petcock. "Stabil" will keep the gas good for 6 months. The full tank keeps condensation from causing rust to a minimum.

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And some more Storage tips. Remove the plugs, put teaspoonful of oil in ea. bore
Lube all cables,pivoting points. Air up tires. Cover muffler outlet. Lift bike so the wheels
are off the ground. Remove the battery.(A lot of work-but for long term-good thing)

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I've done "Stabil" or "Seafoam" in the full tank of gas over the wintertime. Last few years it's been Seafoam (use as directed).
Battery stays in but on the tender. I disconnect it a few times over the winter just to fire it up and run it at idle for 5 or 10 minutes. Mostly because I miss riding it and hearing it run.



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Wow, I wouldn't know what to do if I had the bike up for that long. It drove me crazy not to ride for three days for the rain. I usually bundle up with sweat pants and chaps over my legs and a fleece under a lined leather jacket with a mask for the face and keep on riding.
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Wow, I wouldn't know what to do if I had the bike up for that long. It drove me crazy not to ride for three days for the rain. I usually bundle up with sweat pants and chaps over my legs and a fleece under a lined leather jacket with a mask for the face and keep on riding.
I wish it was just about the cold. But black ice gets covered with sand and salt. But getting older is causing my minimum tolerable temperature to go up some.



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I wish it was just about the cold. But black ice gets covered with sand and salt. But getting older is causing my minimum tolerable temperature to go up some.
That's unfortunate, I was afraid someone would mention that getting older thing. I will admit the grey is just starting in my beard and I was hoping it wouldn't slow me down too much.
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That's unfortunate, I was afraid someone would mention that getting older thing. I will admit the grey is just starting in my beard and I was hoping it wouldn't slow me down too much.
It looked like it was going to be a constant that the minimum temperature was almost a dead equal with my age. In my teens cold - snow, sleet, didn't matter, as long as my dirt bike would start, I rode it. In my 20's and 30's it was common to just decide if I needed to wear my snowmobile suit on the ride to work. In my 50's now and I can handle any temperature in the 40's MINIMUM. Colder than that and I take the SD-F350.



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Makes me glad to live in the south, we only have about 3 weeks of weather below 40. Come on down, we'll make room. We don't even have to worry about a double dip recession, we haven't recovered from the first one yet.
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I'll visit but I need my winters. This is the dull period. Too cold to ride but waiting for snow and then it's time to fire up the sleds.



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