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post #1 of 29 Old 10-14-2013, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Due to some unexpected things, I will have to finish my riding season next week. I will be putting the bike away until probably March. Besides battery charger and fresh oil as well as full tank of fuel, what other steps would I need to take to protect the bike? It will be sitting in an unheated storage unit. What kind of fuel stab. would you say is best? I will be covering it with bike cover and was thinking about closing the intake so that the mice don't get in, but I don't know how to reach up in there.
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I've used stabil without issues. Traps and decon in a couple of corners of the garage.
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put some plywood under the tires.

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I've read that fogging the cylinders along with stuffing a clean rag in the exhaust hole to keep moisture from inside the muffler also helps with winter storage. I've used Stabil and also used Lucas Fuel Stabilizer....either one works great. A few mouse bait traps and you should be good.
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Startron in the fuel gets good recommendations.

Air the tires up to the sidewall max for storage, then back down to your preferred riding pressure next year. I don't think that parking on concrete is a problem unless perhaps it is always moist with alkali seeping up.

Moth balls or a moth block keeps critters and mold away.

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I was considering moth balls as a mice repelant, but hopefuly with sub zero temps and unheated storage nothing will want to come in.
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Definitely use a fuel stabilizer, just pick one.

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I pull my battery and leave it in the warm house.

When parking on concrete, I've always understood you should NOT use a cover. The moisture that comes off the concrete just gets trapped under the cover. This is assuming you are parking indoors.

I think outdoors, being covered in snow would be worse than moisture trapped under a cover.

Perhaps a get a cover with vents?
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I pull my battery and leave it in the warm house.

When parking on concrete, I've always understood you should NOT use a cover. The moisture that comes off the concrete just gets trapped under the cover. This is assuming you are parking indoors.

I think outdoors, being covered in snow would be worse than moisture trapped under a cover.

Perhaps a get a cover with vents?
My buddy left his chrome bike outside over the Winter and come Spring the thing is rusted. Glee will be sitting on foam pads on concrete floor covered with vented Guardian cover.
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My buddy left his chrome bike outside over the Winter and come Spring the thing is rusted. Glee will be sitting on foam pads on concrete floor covered with vented Guardian cover.
Yes, outside I would cover it no doubt. If its in a garage, I personally wouldn't cover it.

I know some guys with "chrome" bikes that had rusting just from the moisture trapped under a cover while they had it parked inside a garage with a concrete floor (concrete released moisture). Pitted chrome is no longer pretty. Hopefully a vented cover remedies that.
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