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Old 09-09-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Winters and storage

Hi guys ! This will be my first winter when my lovely bike will be standing outside since I bought it this year in june. I was curious if its better to take it to storage or let it see some snow by saving some bucks. What are the risks of storage outside in the parking lot as opposed to inside ? Thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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Hi guys ! This will be my first winter when my lovely bike will be standing outside since I bought it this year in june. I was curious if its better to take it to storage or let it see some snow by saving some bucks. What are the risks of storage outside in the parking lot as opposed to inside ? Thanks for your suggestions.
Storing outside in a parking lot is asking for trouble - especially if there is snow. Chances are it will be on its side more than once.

Absolutely rent a spot inside to store it. The damage it would get over the winter would completely offset what you would save by not renting storage.

Add fuel stabilizer, fill the tank with Ethanol-free gas, and run/ride for at least 10 minutes. Change the oil and filter. Check all fluids and do any maintenance (chain adjust and lube, etc) that would need to be done before riding again. You can pull the battery and keep it on a maintainer or just charge occasionally.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:02 AM   #3
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Re: Winters and storage

I store my bike outside for the winter but on a backyard patio, not a parking lot. I agree with Jay V. When I lived in Boston the SV was also stored outside, but I smeared marine wheel bearing grease on the chain and wheeled the bike onto a large tarp and fully wrapped. I also enclosed a bucket of charcoal to use as a drying agent. But, the bike was stored under a fire escape.
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What are the effects of temperature on the tires, does it take a hit as well cuz I remember my car tires got cracks when I parked it outside in winters while I was away.
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What are the effects of temperature on the tires, does it take a hit as well cuz I remember my car tires got cracks when I parked it outside in winters while I was away.
Pressures will drop with the temps, and if they get low enough the sidewall will buckle which will stress the rubber in that area quite a bit. Bumping the pressure before storing would prevent that unless you had a leak.

I don't think low temp itself will cause a tire to dry or crack, but age will. The older the tire is the more likely it is to dry-out and crack.
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Never had issues with tires and cold temps, but I'm talking about Boston and NJ winters, not the frozen midwest.
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Re: Winters and storage

I'm from quebec Canada and I let my bike outside in winter , temperature drop below -20
Keeping gas really low with stabilizer
But the bike is lifted so wheel are not affected , anything else is fine
Filling the tank at spring then start motor let it warm , change oil and filter and enjoy
Bike start like a charm even when it is still really cold outside

Oh and remove the battery
Forgot to charge it this winter and when I plugged back in the bike and there was no problem

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I'm from quebec Canada and I let my bike outside in winter , temperature drop below -20
Keeping gas really low with stabilizer
But the bike is lifted so wheel are not affected , anything else is fine
Filling the tank at spring then start motor let it warm , change oil and filter and enjoy
Bike start like a charm even when it is still really cold outside

Oh and remove the battery
Forgot to charge it this winter and when I plugged back in the bike and there was no problem
Sorry dude, but that's backwards.

You want the tank (steel only) full so you don't get condensation, and eventually rust, as the temperatures change. A full tank minimizes the amount of air/moisture that can condense.

The oil change should always be done BEFORE storing. You want fresh oil, without acids and moisture, coating the inside of the engine and preventing corrosion during storage.

Also - never start an engine up during storage to "warm it up" - it just contaminates the clean oil and defeats the purpose of your oil change.
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Bidou ! Good advice on using stands but I agree with Jay V on tank being full and with a good stabilizer.

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Re: Winters and storage

do yourself a favor, if storing, don't start it unless your gonna ride (not idle) more than a half hour

when it is stored, lift the tank, stuff a kerosene soaked rag in the snorkel, stuff another kerosene soaked rag in the exhaust outlet

this will keep rodents from storing seeds, nuts & acorns in your exhaust and from making a nest out of your air filter in the airbox



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