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I'am trying to store the bike the way the manual says. They want a table spoon of oil put down each cylinder. I'am concerned about getting grit into the motor. If you just pour oil down into the valve covers there is going to be some left at the spark plug hole which will attract dirt in the future. All I can think of is to get a hose smaller then the spark plug thread, then place it into the cylinder. Is there any easy way to do this.

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Spray in some "fogging oil", available at your local auto parts store. A can should only run a few bucks, and it comes with that little red straw like WD-40 comes has. I really think all ya need is some Stabil in the gas and fresh oil in the motor if it's to be stored in a garage.

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I go out to my garage and run the bike for half an hour or so every couple of weeks, as well as moving it a few feet to rotate the tires. I figure thats as good as winterizing, and I get to hear it run to boot.

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I hope you don't mean your letting your the engine idle for 30 mins! That's not kind to your motor.


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Pete,

I hope you don't mean your letting your the engine idle for 30 mins! That's not kind to your motor.


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Thanks for the info. My bike is stored in my under ground parking lot. I put a good coat of wax on, applied rust inhibitor, refilled with fresh oil, removed the battery (recharge it monthly), stabilized the gas and put my bike cover on it. I even put the tires on cardboard to get them away from the concrete. You can even put 10 psi more in the tires so they will not flat spot, but on todays modern tires with kevlar this is not a problem. Monthly: I start the bike up and run it until it's warmed up (5 - 10 min.), move the bike around and depress the brakes and clutch. I plan on getting it back on the road in April. I think placing oil into the cylinders is for longer durations of storage.

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I'm not a fan of running a bike in the winter unless it can be taken out and ridden to bring it up to operating temp. About all the idling in the garage does is help build up condensation in the engine & exhaust.

My process has always been, when its time to put the bike away for the winter, fill the gas tank, put some Sea Foam in the gas, change the oil & filter, take it for a short ride to circulate the new oil & the Sea Foam through the intakes/carb/injectors, put the battery on a battery tender, take the weight off the suspension ( tires off the concrete ) and then leave it alone until spring.

There is nothing wrong with putting some oil down the cylinders or fogging them as others have suggested, but it can be a pain to get to the plugs on these bikes. If the bike was stored in a non heated garage where there was freezing & thawing going on then this would definitely be a good idea, heated garages not so much of an issue.
 

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Reviving a 10 yr old thread. Cool. Fresh, cheap oil. Full tank, Startron added prior to shutdown. Remove battery, place on basement shelf, charge 1x month, 30 mins, or so. Cover bike. Ignore following 3-4 months. Drain and replace the cheap storage oil come Spring time. Lube chain and go!
 

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I'm not a fan of running a bike in the winter unless it can be taken out and ridden to bring it up to operating temp. About all the idling in the garage does is help build up condensation in the engine & exhaust.

My process has always been, when its time to put the bike away for the winter, fill the gas tank, put some Sea Foam in the gas, change the oil & filter, take it for a short ride to circulate the new oil & the Sea Foam through the intakes/carb/injectors, put the battery on a battery tender, take the weight off the suspension ( tires off the concrete ) and then leave it alone until spring.

There is nothing wrong with putting some oil down the cylinders or fogging them as others have suggested, but it can be a pain to get to the plugs on these bikes. If the bike was stored in a non heated garage where there was freezing & thawing going on then this would definitely be a good idea, heated garages not so much of an issue.
Absolutely agree..... don't be starting the bike through the winter!! More harm than good..........
 

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So I placed my bike in my basement this year. It's heated. Usually remove the battery & hook it up to a battery tender. Haven't done anything special. I have the tank near empty because it's indoors.

Any comments? Suggestions? Have I made a a grave error unbeknownst to myself?
 

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Same here. I just change the oil prior to storage, put in some seafoam in the tank and let her sleep until spring. Then it's just a matter of changing the oil again and ride.
 
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