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post #1 of 22 Old 12-02-2016, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Top 10 Signs Itís Time To Winterize Your Bike



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Iíve often felt that the real reason many motorcyclists donít winterize their motorcycles is that they keep holding off in hopes to squeeze in one more ride. Although the MO Towers are located in Southern California, many of us ventured from colder climes to the Great American West in an effort to enjoy year-Ďround riding. The journalism gig is just something we managed to weasel our way into as a means of supporting our habit.

In an effort to help dedicated riders in places that have real winter, the following list contains sure-fire signals that it is time to winterize your motorcycle rather than continue riding it or letting it sit unprepared developing the mechanical manifestations of Parked Motorcycle Syndrome.
Read more about the Top 10 Signs Itís Time To Winterize Your Bike at Motorcycle.com.
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-02-2016, 05:14 PM
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We can ride a lot of the mild winter here but the traditional Harley guys winterized their hogs a month ago.
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winterizing my bike consists of putting the mesh jacket in the closet and pulling out the textile then putting heavier gloves in tank bag

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I don't winterize my bikes but I will keep the bikes on a tender during the colder months and always have stabilizer in the tank in case I go a month or so without riding. The winter is way too long to go without riding and I would go batshit crazy if I couldn't ride for a whole season. If guys like V-Tom can ride all year long in Canada then none of us in the states have an excuse not to.


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I love the "Indian Summer" days we get here , and I have heated gear. Garage is heated so it's just Stabil and the battery tender for me. And when it's snowing I can ride the Honda Cub EZ90 and harass the kids on sleds.
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We can ride a lot of the mild winter here but the traditional Harley guys winterized their hogs a month ago.
Ironically when the first few half-way decent days come in or March the first bikes I usually see out are Harley's.

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I don't winterize my bikes but I will keep the bikes on a tender during the colder months and always have stabilizer in the tank in case I go a month or so without riding. The winter is way too long to go without riding and I would go batshit crazy if I couldn't ride for a whole season. If guys like V-Tom can ride all year long in Canada then none of us in the states have an excuse not to.
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Well I pick my days and last winter was an exceptional winter for getting some riding in. Usually February is a write off but last year we had a nice warm spell in February. (This was likely because I had my bike at the dealship to get the recall done. Since I wasn't expecting to ride in February I said no rush. Of course during the whole time my bike was in the shop it was very much above seasonal and dropped to single digits įf when I went to pick it up.)

If the bike is going to sit then my experience is that only one thing is a must and a second thing is probably a good idea:

Battery maintainer is a must to keep the battery from sulphating. Any time a bike sits for more than a week or two I would plug in the maintainer. (Not so much an issue for me but for my wife's bikes.)

I think Ethanol-Free gas is a good thing for storage based on all I have read.

If you are actually letting it sit for a few months then a cover over the bike with some mothballs under the cover to keep rodents away is likely good.

If you do regular maintenance to your bike (IE change the oil regularilly, keep air in the tires, keep the chain well lubed) I don't think you really need to do much else unless it makes you feel good to do so. I think most of the rest of the stuff doesn't really matter a lot.

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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Guanella Pass last week.

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What tires are you running?

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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