Happy new owner of a dl650 2017, been riding for the first time this summer too, couldn't be happier. But living in Quebec, it means my bike is going to sleep for the next 4 to 6 months. Now, I want to get it ready properly.
My bike currently have about 650km. I was planning on having the first check done before storing it but I won't have time to get it to the dealer in the next month. Thus, I'll have to take it to them on spring, when everyone is getting there bike checked.
I've topped to fuel tank, added about 80ml of motomaster field stabilizer, ran for about 10 minutes (time to get back to my house from the gaz station).
Now, I only have the oem side stand. I bought a batter tender plus 12v 1.25a. I'll remove the battery and put it in my basement with the battery tender on it.
The bike itself will be in my garage (separate from house). It's not heated but it's still isolated. The coldest I registered was -10C (was about -35C outside for a week when it reached that temp).
I do use the garage for my car also. That mean I'll enter in the garage with my car full of ice, snow and salt. There's no drain in my garage for water. The car is less then a feet from my bike.
What else should I do to properly get my bike through winter?
I have 0 mechanical knowledge and no nothing about parts name (except really basic stuff like chain, seat,...). I do want to learn, but I'm a slow learner.