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post #1 of 21 Old 08-14-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Not using bike for the year..what should i do to maintain it?

Hey guys, sadly i'm not going to be able to use my bike for the next year and will be sticking to my car. Therefore i'll be leaving it parked in the garage.

I will have someone to start it up and let the engine run every 2 weeks or so, but apart from that, do I need to do anything else? Like will the fuel degrade or damage the engine if its not changed in a year? I've heard of some people adding fuel stabilisers. Are these advised or not worth it?

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I wouldn't even bother starting it up every two weeks. Put a battery tender on it or disconnect the battery completely, and put it on the centerstand if you have one (to minimize tire flatspotting, but that's only a temporary condition). I haven't had any problems with fuel that's only a year old, either, only with fuel a couple years or older (in my experience).

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The only 'worry' is if you leave it full of crap fuel, make sure the fuel wont go off :-)
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fuel stabilizer cannot hurt and it's cheap insurance. fill the tank to minimize condensation and run the bike with the stabilizer to distribute it through the lines.

give metal parts a light coat of wd-40.

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+1 on everything above. A year is not that long and I wouldn't have someone start it up and let it idle. Not much good can come from that.
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--Change the oil and run it momentarily before you lay it up.
--Add petrol stabilizer to a full tank of petrol. When you're ready to ride siphon that old petrol out, burn it in your car, and ride with fresh petrol.
--Air the tires up to the sidewall max pressure. When you ride correct the pressure to the pressure you like (or that shown on the swingarm sticker).
--Connect the automatic trickle charger to the battery. (If it isn't a sealed battery you can fully charge it then drain out the acid. Replace the acid and recharge when you're ready to ride.)
--What do you use in the U.K. to keep moths out of woolen clothing? In the U.S. we use moth balls or a moth block made from naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. They keep bugs and rodents away and prevent mold from growing. You can put these in various locations where mice might nest or chew the wiring.

Don't just have the engine run. It would do more good to take it out for a half-hour or longer run where everything gets thoroughly warmed. Or lay it up as described above. A no-load run of a few minutes just draws moisture in.

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Thanks for the advice. Some really great tips there! Will definitely be implementing them!

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All good points above, but I just want to stress NOT to start the engine. Cold starting puts a lot of wear and tear on a motor since oil is not always where it needs to be right away. It also promotes water condensating in the motor oil.

I stored my Wee for over a year - I stabilized the gas and filled the tank, placed it on the centerstand, kept the battery charged, and took the seat off because mice like to nest under it. It started right up after a year+ I ride it regularly now with no problems.

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One that I have seen used is to put paddock stands under the bike front and rear to get the wheels off the ground. It stops flat spots from forming due to sitting in one place constantly. I'd also suggest making sure you don't have a tank of ethanol laced fuel when you store it. It will go nasty and do damage far faster than proper petrol, so my opinion is to fill it with a tank of premium non-ethanol fuel, stabilise it with your choice of product and make sure the tank is full to the top.
When storing LONG term I've heard of people disconnecting the battery, taking out the plugs and filling both the bores with oil, then refitting the plugs loosely with no leads, and filling crankcase to the very top with oil. Turning it over like that would be a bad thing of course, but it prevents condensation and dry bearings. You could even go all out and block the crankcase breather and fill it to the top of the heads, keeping the entire engine filled with oil, but I think that's going a bit overboard. It would prevent dry bearings and cam-chains etc but you'd have to drain everything when you get back. I do think this would be a bit excessive though.

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Does England have ethanol in the Gas ?

Fresh oil and filter and a GOOD squirt of fogging oil in the gas and crancase and the exhaust. Perhaps cover openings with a little screen

Gas needs to be fresh stabilized and filled right up to the top of the neck

Take the battery out and only a REAL tender will save it. Probably easier to just pitch it and buy new
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