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post #1 of 11 Old 11-29-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Storing outside all winter

Well basically I think I screwed up and old man winter is going to win this year. I have a place that I have already paid for to store my bike but I waited to long to get it there and now there is a bunch of snow on the ground.

I am hoping the snow goes away but on the off chance that I don't get a day to take this thing to the storage garage any tips on leaving it outside all winter?

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-29-2013, 10:40 PM
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I would just dress warm and ride it gingerly to the storage place. I plan to ride mine for a gas fill up tomorrow. Just watch out for ice. A high of 0 in Kingston tomorrow. You'll consider that downright balmy weather in another month or two.

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-30-2013, 07:59 AM
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Its been floating around between -8 to 0C here in Halifax, NS but we haven't got any snow yet so i still i ride my V-Strom to college everyday. Must say its not fun at all (about 8-10km ride) wearing extra layers, Windscreen on highest position and Have Oxford heated grips and its still feel freezing, but its better than a 40 mins bus ride.
I'd say wait for a somewhat sunny day so the roads are dry and take it to storage!

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-30-2013, 09:33 AM
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I don't have an answer for the OP, but I just had to say that you guys remind me of myself back in 1958 & '59 when I started riding. My parents couldn't keep me off my Cushman Eagle no matter the temps or conditions. Now at the tender age of 69 and with 55 yrs of riding behind me, I am living vicariously through you "young guns". Think I'll just put another log on the fire and wait for March or April to fire up the Wee & Valkyrie.


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post #5 of 11 Old 11-30-2013, 09:39 AM
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I say that if you don't get it inside this year embrace it. Cover it with Christmas lights and be the proud owner of the most unique outdoor display in your neighbourhood
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-30-2013, 09:44 AM
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Lots of things to consider if you are going to store it outside. Good breathable cover, don't store the bike on the south side ( sun heats up and too many temperature variables ), mice like small places ( air filter & exhaust ).

As others have noted, pick a sunny day, with no snow ( your snow will likely melt this time of year ) and ride it to your storage place.
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-30-2013, 09:52 AM
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How about a friend or nearby trooper with a truck/trailer?
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-30-2013, 10:52 AM
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One thing you should do if you don't get the bike indoors is to MAKE SURE you have antifreeze in the coolant system that is rated to -40 (or somewhere around there)
You don't want that block to crack because somebody forgot that fluid.
If I remember correctly, Southern Ontario doesn't get those -45 temperatures too often but it never hurts to double check.....
You also remember that a discharged battery can freeze solid. (Ugly)
post #9 of 11 Old 11-30-2013, 11:06 AM
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If you have to store it outside, cover it up, remove the battery and bring it indoors, make sure your antifreeze is at least -40 and plug up any places where mice can get in, especially the air box. You might also want to cover up the seat with something like a heavy duty visqueen, in a couple layers as cat preventative. Cats like to get in places like that, and pee on it. You can wash the cat urine off the metal parts of the bike, but if it soaks into the seat, you might as well get a new seat come springtime. In fact, you might even want to remove the seat before you cover the bike up and just wrap a bunch of visqueen sheeting around that section of the bike and call it good.

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post #10 of 11 Old 12-01-2013, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for all of the advice guys. This week is looking like it might warm up so I am going to try for Tuesday morning before work.

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