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03-18-2008 11:48 AM
Smitty My bikes are "winterized" at the end of the season which up here in Western Canada is around latter part of October, what which change to fresh oil, stabalizer in the petrol tank, then topped up at a local fuel station. I use a Battery Tender that I plug into the battery & since the bikess are in a normal, but well locked up garage. That is it. Come late Spring & I can assume the Mountain roads are pretty clean on salt/sand then I roll out the bikes to check the air pressure.

About to ride one of three bikes, I will fire it up & dust the bike down besides noting no oil or anything has hit the fresh cardboard I place from rear to front wheel. I know it is now a matter of starting to ride.

As for most other things they were done just before "winterizing" the bikes & around May or June I will dump the coolant & brake fluid for fresh liquids. No Battery Tender till sometime in '89 so the battery was taken into my home or our shop to be put on a shelf & checked every month. Basically that is it & has worked for me since back in 1946, bar coolant, or brake fluid as they were not in existance some yrs back. Neither was fuel stabalizer, but petrol was probably better in the old days.

Also with British bikes one pretty well had to go over the bikes constantly as things tended to fall off or break down. These days with metric bikes it is more or less a piece of cake as the bikes fire up with easy (like one is not kicking over the engine 20 or 30 times at the start of the new season---true some bikes just took 4 to 6 kicks to come into life though two-strokes could be fussy) & ride like a charm after 6 months of storage.
03-18-2008 06:58 AM
Vash I would lube the clutch and throttle cables, change the oil, drain the tank (most bikes dont have fuel filters, better not run that crap thru the engine), Lube and adjust the chain and check the tires for dry rot. After that, check the fluid lever in the radiator, state of sprockets, brake pads, brake fluid (if its darker than tea, you need to flush it), and since the bike is new to you check the fork seals for leaks.

03-18-2008 05:00 AM
kanwisch The oil thing is an old wives' tale. I switched mine ('05 model) back to dino oil (Rotella) and have had no issues. Too bad he didn't run in some Stabil to the tank before winter.

I'd probably flush the brake fluid on both resevoirs, check the clutch for ease of use (might have to lube the cable). Check the brake pads to make sure there's some pad left on both ends. Check tires for proper inflation level, change oil and filter, and turn it over to make sure she runs alright. Once you get it running, run through the remaining gas and refill the tank and run that too in less than a few days. The fresh fuel should help flush out some of the settled residue from the untreated fuel. Wash and wax the thing thoroughly.

I'd probably avoid using any of those fuel system cleaners unless you really have engine issues.

EDIT: Get a service manual if you plan to do any of the service work yourself. You might be approaching the period when checking valve clearance is required.
03-17-2008 02:37 PM
Spring Service for 04 ZX6R

Just bought my 04 ZX6R this last weekend. Owner replaced battery but thats it. Bike has sat all winter and fluids are low and need changing. Owner also said I need to use full synthetic for everything since thats what he used and you cant go back. What all should I/Do I need to get done?

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