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post #1 of 13 Old 11-26-2012, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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6 week break - any prep work?

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Due to upcoming hand surgery I'll have a 6 week period with no riding. I'm thinking 6 weeks will be OK to leave the bike, but just checking with the experts in case there's anything I should do. The bike's a 2012 Wee with just under 3000 miles, and it's in my garage.

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Don't know if you are storing it inside or out. Either way I'd fill up the tank and throw in some fuel stabilizer. Keep mine in a heated garage. Rare not to get out a few times a month over the winter, haven't needed a battery tender so far. Good luck with the surg.

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-26-2012, 11:23 AM
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I'd say that's long enough to warrant hooking up a trickle charger, just to be sure the battery is kept in good shape and will be fully ready for action when you are. Add some fuel stabilizer as suggested above, put it up on the centerstand if so equipped, and you should be good to go. Works for the 4-6 week periods when I stand down for the colder winters here in northern VA.

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Thanks for the tips and good wishes. It's kept in my unheated garage, so I think a full tank with some stabilizer and a trickle charge are the plan I'll go with.

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Go for a battery maintainer rather than a trickle charger...
The trickle charger will charge at a continuous rate whether the battery needs any more 'juice' or not.
The maintainer will cycle itself on/off/on again as it senses that the battery needs it.

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Go for a battery maintainer rather than a trickle charger...
The trickle charger will charge at a continuous rate whether the battery needs any more 'juice' or not.
The maintainer will cycle itself on/off/on again as it senses that the battery needs it.
Makes sense - thanks
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Different charger makers use different terms. You'll want an automatic charger with an output of 2 amps or less...and 0.75 amps is OK. Actually, for six weeks, I wouldn't even connect the charger, but it can't hurt. Remember to check the tire air when you're ready to go.

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6 week not riding

WD 40 on the chain - to presvent rusting inplace - or just spin the rear wheel since its on the centerstand
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I've never added a fuel stabilizer and never had a problem. Throw a batt tender on it every week or 2, and maybe start it up with the same schedule till the oil gets warm.
I've got a generator in my shed with 3yr old gas and it still starts.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'll proceed as follows...

1. Ride to gas station and back to warm up the chain and fill with gas
2. Lubricate the chain with chain lube
3. Add gas conditioner (which I already have for my Honda mower)
4. Connect maintenance charger
5. After 6 weeks, disconnect charger, check tires and I'm good to go
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