I can't give you any advice on keeping the bike fresh never had to do it and I am sure you'll get plenty of advice from these members here that are more than knowledgeable. However I would like to thank you for your service to this great nation of ours. Keep your head down and be safe, enjoy the sand box my friend. Thank You.
As far as storing the bike, put seafoam in the tank and fill it to the top to prevent rust (or you can kreme the tank and leave it empty, I'd just do the first option). Disconnect and remove the battery. Put that electric grease on all the electrical connections (I forget what its called, but it's available at any hardware store). Best if you can have a friend come and move it every now and again to keep the tires from sitting on one spot. Or you can remove the wheels and stack them (with spacers) so they don't rot.
You take care of yourself and your buddies and if you happen to meet up with any Canucks while you are on tour please let em know their being thought of too. We're proud of all of you North and South of the border and we want you all back safe and sound.
Do your Job, Be Proud, Get Your Ass Home!
Oh, and....trickle charger, drain the gas or put some fuel stabilzer in, light spray. of oil in each cylinder, bike up on blocks, check the collant for antifreeze level, light spray of oil on all exposed metal and a dust cover. Don't wrap it in plastic that just traps humidity! I've kept old cars stored for years like that without any issues.
With any luck at all, I'll be passing you on the way over. I'll be home in 4 weeks. I'll have a ride and a beer(in that order) to you. Stay safe, shoot straight. BTW, don't worry about the bearded guy. He's under 300 tons of rock and dirt in Tora Bora, and has been since they bombed it in 2002.
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