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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-27-2005, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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winterize my bike

This is my first winter with my gixxer, I live in jersey. How do i winterize it? I have a garage/ 40 degrees is the coldest it gets.

Do i remove the battery, or just start it up once a week?

Do i put wood under the tires to keep them from getting messed up from cold concrete? (myth or not)

Do i drain oil / gas?

Please help, i have no clue.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-27-2005, 05:54 PM
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Best to change to fresh oil & filter, wash up the bike. Buy a small container of fuel replinisher, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS as the container will be good for large truck petrol tanks so you will need only a small amount, put the required amount in. Ride the bike down to a fuel station & top it up then ride around 20 minutes & all is taken care off in mixing up up.

Remove the battery & have in in a cooler place of the home with a trickle charger on about once a month. OR purchase a Battery Tender (trade name for a firm that churns out a special carger for small batteries of 1.25 amps along with storage time) & so you can leave the battery in the bike & simply plug into the battery. Right now three sportbikes in my garage & three Battery Tenders have been plugged into them since late October.

Just lean the bike on its prop stand. No need of wood for the tyres or front & rear stands to all the other dreams. This is all I do with my bikes, bar the Battery Tender which was not avaliable in past yrs or fuel replinisher that is all I have done for my bikes or bikes of our customers & narry a single complaint plus customers came back to us. Mind you I do have 59 yrs of continual riding experience & often the above was what I also did to my comp bikes.

Come next spring all you will have to do is check the air pressure of your tyres, dust off the bike, unplug the Battery Tenders, press the starter & you are ready to roll only remember you have not been riding for a few months take it easy for your first outing.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-27-2005, 07:06 PM
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Gotta agree with Smitty. Only other thing I'd add, is top your tank off to the overflow with a gas can. Rust doesn't form below the fuel line.

Don't do the starting it up once a week thing unless you can ride it and get the engine completely up to operating temperatures. Redistributing the moisture your oil collects does you no good.

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They've covered everything. There are other tips I've read, but they're pretty excessive with today's bikes.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-03-2005, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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well i have my batt.tender and fuel replenisher. thanks for your help.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-04-2005, 11:51 PM
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what happens, if you have to store outside (no garage)?
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 06:44 AM
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Originally posted by derfdiggler
well i have my batt.tender and fuel replenisher. thanks for your help.
Ok time to bring your bike back out! The roads are getting cleared up now!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 10:28 AM
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Originally posted by fauzt0
what happens, if you have to store outside (no garage)?
Roll it into your bedroom and read to it. Seriously, you wouldn't leave your dog outside in 15 degree winters, why would you leave your bike exposed to the weather. I'd say go find a U-haul, or other storage facility and get a small shed to keep it in for a few months. The small ones only run about 20 bucks a month, and you can get climate control.

Why anyone would winterize a bike is beyond me. As long as there is no ice on the road, my bike is. -- granted I live in texas and I only see ice a few times a year
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