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post #1 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Winter storage of new bike

I picked up a new 2012 V-Strom 650 about a month ago and due to a variety of reasons, I've not yet been able to accumulate 600 miles so I could get the first servicing done before I take the bike off the road for the winter. The temperatures at night are already down in the 20s and only getting up to the upper 30s to 40 during the day so I'm not riding it to work due to the below freezing morning temps. Rain is one thing, ice is something I avoid.

Is there any reason I can't just clean the bike, fill the tank with no ethanol gas, put in the correct amount of Stabil, hook up the batter maintainer, put it up on stands, put the cover on it and tuck it away in the corner of the attached garage and worry about the 600 mile service in the spring? My main concern is the oil. I've only put 500 miles on the bike so far but I don't know if there's anything special about the oil that's in the bike for the break-in period that'd make it unwise to leave it in there until March or so. I typically like to change the oil after my last ride of the fall just in case.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 11:53 AM
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What you described is fine. The only reason you change the oil after the first 600 miles is that the initial break-in results in a lot of fine metal particles in the oil. You generally change the oil before winter storage so that you do not have any acids in the oil that can eat away at the engine during storage. I doubt if 500 miles is enough to build up a lot of acids in the oil.

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You'll be fine.

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-05-2012, 01:14 PM
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What you have in mind will be fine. These bikes are bullet proof.
When a dealer sells a 2 year old model off the floor, do you think they do an oil change?

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-10-2012, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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We had a few nicer afternoons this week and I goofed off from work a few times (limiting my work week to 'only' 62 hours) and was able to increase the mileage to 610. I had the servicing done on Thursday afternoon and have already added another 100 miles or so and expect to put on another hundred or so this afternoon. That'll probably be it for the year, at least based on the weather forecast.

So far I like to bike ok, I just really should not have been test riding a Triumph Tiger 1050 right before the V-Strom.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-11-2012, 12:04 AM
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After you add the Stabil, run the engine briefly so the stabilizer gets through the entire fuel system.

Connect an automatic trickle charger, Battery Tender or equal, to the battery, or just connect the charger one day a month. Probably OK as well is to bring the battery into a warm area where it can't freeze and store it until you ride next year.

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-12-2012, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I topped up the tank with premium (only because there's no ethanol) after Saturday afternoon's ride, put in the Stabil and went for a 5 mile ride to get it all mixed up. It was supposed to be mild but rainy on Sunday so I didn't figure I'd get out again. When I got up on Sunday it was mild but only overcast, no rain was forecast until noon. Excellent, I went for another long ride and I'm now all the way up to 780 miles on it. I'm also back to square one on the winterizing. I can live with that.

It's in the 20s and light snow today but it's supposed to be in the mid-upper 40s towards the end of the week so maybe, just maybe, there will be another ride or two. My snowmobile and bike are parked beside each other in the garage. I'm good to go either way!

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