For those that it applies what do you do in order to prepare your bike for the winter. This is my first upcoming winter with a bike and I am unsure as to what I should do. Do I drain the gas and oil and if so how? Do I change the oil before the winter and then start it up every week and let it run for a while? Some help on this matter would be greatly appreciated as I want to take the best care of my new baby.
Anyway, here are a couple of answers as they were provided to me when I asked the same question years ago. DO NOT empty your gas tank. Fill it half way, add gas stabilizer, then top it off. Change the oil. Pull the battery and connect it to a trickle charger if you have one. If you don't, store it somewhere where it will not freeze. DO NOT turn your machine over occasionally and let it idle - this will not charge the battery, but it will allow condensation to build up. If you don't have a stand, put your tires on a non-porous surface (plastic sheet). There are a ton more, so you should probably read some other threads. Good luck. Also, be prepared to be flamed by those from warmer climates who think "winterizing" means putting on long sleeves.
I just remembered - put your helmet in a plastic bag when you store it. That way you won't get a face full of dust when you first put it on next Spring. (I remembered because my helmet is currently sitting on my windowledge, and I'm staring blankly into perfect 78 degree weather while I'm trapped in an office! )
Thank you, that was very helpful and I will search old threads to read more about it. Especially since right away I don't even know where my battery is (just being honest) let alone how to take it out. That article you posted was a lot of help though.
Oh and I know what you mean about yesterday, it was gorgeous around here!! I hear today is supposed to be just as nice, let's get in the days while we still can!!
Sounds good, those are two of my favorite places, rt 2 because I live right there and further west it gets real pretty and NH because if I get a ticket up there I don't think it makes my insurance go up. I have only had my bike a week and a half though so I will probably try and get better before I try riding with others. Right now I am just trying not to leave skid marks when cars make left turns in front of me. A little nerve racking in the begining. Maybe when the spring comes though.
Originally posted by BC_Don After adding the stabilizer, make sure you run the bike for enough distance to get that stabilized fuel into the float bowls and through the jets (25 miles or so should do fine).
That is good advice. Better yet, add a little of the stabilizer to the last 3-4 fillups this fall and run it through BEFORE you put it away. A neighbor just put the Stabil in the tank and didn't run it through. He ended up with deposits in his carburetors. Looked like rice. Really screwed up the bike.