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post #1 of 31 Old 01-30-2018, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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How to Winterize Your Bike

I just bought my 2014 Vstrom 650 last weekend and rode it home and loved it for that first ride! It's now late January and most likely will not ride it until end of March (2 months).

Should I drain the coolant, or not bother? At what point of storage time is it worth it to drain the coolant to prevent possible issues with it becoming acidic?

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Do not drain the coolant unless you are going to replace it. You don't want an empty cooling system. It's oil that becomes acidic with use and should be changed before storage.

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Do not drain the coolant unless you are going to replace it. You don't want an empty cooling system. It's oil that becomes acidic with use and should be changed before storage.
Oh ok, I'll focus on draining the oil for storage then. Thanks!
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Do not drain the coolant unless you are going to replace it. You don't want an empty cooling system. It's oil that becomes acidic with use and should be changed before storage.
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Oh ok, I'll focus on draining the oil for storage then. Thanks!
Should I change the oil filter as well if it is not due for a change for another 5k miles (11k mark, currently at 6k)?
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Suzuki says every third oil change. Some people demand every oil change get a new filter. I did it every second oil change. Whatever you decide will work fine.

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Suzuki says every third oil change. Some people demand every oil change get a new filter. I did it every second oil change. Whatever you decide will work fine.
I'm thinking to change it if it's going to hold oil that turns acidic (if that little bit even matters?). Also...should I put in new oil after draining immediately, or leave it empty until spring?
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Fill it. You can ride with it in Spring. Don't leave any fluids drained. Empty areas draw water from condensation and water is harmful. It can freeze and promote rust. It's especially important to keep the fuel tank full of stabilized fuel.
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I'm thinking to change it if it's going to hold oil that turns acidic (if that little bit even matters?). Also...should I put in new oil after draining immediately, or leave it empty until spring?
Do NOT store the bike without engine oil.
I would even recommend that you change the oil and filter not now but before you start up the bike for riding - and the radiator fluid then also if you feel that necessary.
Fill the gas tank and add an inhibitor. Remove and place the battery on a battery tender. You could even raise both tyres off the ground. And lube the chain.

Cover with an old sheet - NOT a tarp.
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Importance of Draining Coolant for Winterizing Bike

Oil has base in it. It would take a lot of use for it to become acidic. I wouldn’t change it unless it was due for a change.


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