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post #1 of 35 Old 10-02-2013, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Should bike be started once per week if you can't ride?

I may not be able to ride my bike for multiple days, sometimes even a few weeks due to my appointment schedule with clients. Should I be starting the bike at least once a week or some other interval for good measure/maintenance?

My neighbor has dirt bikes and quads, and he starts them once a week so they don't "gum up" (his words). Is the same true for the vstrom's after some period of time?
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If an engine is not going to "work", not just idle, for 20 minutes or more, don't start it or it won't "burn" off the water it generates. Condensation from colder outside air is bad enough but water is only one byproduct of combustion. Mix it with other byproducts and the resultant condensation from combustion is acidic. Keep the tank topped up so water in the air inside the tank is kept to a minimum. Adding Sta-Bil or other fuel preservative to the tank if it is to be left for more than a month won't hurt and may help if given enough miles on it to get it through the fuel system on the last ride. Use Marine Sta-Bil or other ethanol treatment if there is ethanol in the fuel. Keeping the battery charged with a maintainer as pictured above can help too.

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By "gum up", he is more than likely refering to the ethanol problems. I have had the same problems in my toys that don't get used on a regular basis, but never in only a week. I use treatment in those machines gas, but even untreated gas would be ok for 2-3 weeks minimum. I have left my street bikes sit for more than a week with pump gas in them and never had a problem.

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That's stupid

Just keep gas filled to the brim, if long anticipated then stabil or seafoam
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bike should not be started unless your riding it, period.



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What I use and Marine Sta-Bil to get me through the winter, so should work fine for a week or month too.

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I would add though, no problem, if go for a ride ( hour or more)once a week



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bike should not be started unless your riding it, period.
Correct. This much is true. If you are not going to ride it for over 15 minutes or so, do not start it at all.

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Even gasoline without ethanol gums up if left in carburetors long enough without operation. Much less of a problem in fuel injected engines. Ethanol only attracts more moisture, and adding the label dose of stabilizer, running briefly to circulate the stabilized gas throughout the system, and topping off the tank gets it good for many weeks.

For just a few weeks, don't worry. Add the stabilizer if you think it might be longer than a month. The battery is good for at least a month without a charge unless it is weak and soon to die. When you ride it, give it a good ride where it gets up to temperature and then ridden 20 or 30 minutes more at minimum. Have fun on it!

Your friend who starts everything each week...the harm he does probably isn't significant, but if it is, let us know his excuses and what factor he blames--probably the ethanol that causes the rest of us no problem. (I just park my Honda lawn mower for much of the winter, and it starts with about 3 pulls when I get it back out in late winter. I run my portable generator under load for a pint's worth of gas once a year, run the tank dry, and drain the carb--it's ready for a black out. I run my chain saw, gas hedge trimmer, chipper, and Honda 4-stroke string trimmer out of gas and drain the tanks when I'd done with them for the year.)

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