Join Date: May 2013
Location: Left Coast, Canada
When living on the prairies I too put the bike away for about 6 months at a time. The oil got changed preferably in the fall so the bad stuff wasn't sitting there turning into sludge for that long. However, if it had been in for less than half the usual 5000 km I let it sit because it would be fine. I don't take short trips so letting it sit with moisture in the oil was never a problem. If your circumstances are different and you do take short trips, you can extend the time a bit so your oil change gets done when it gets winterized. In short, don't store it with bad fluids in it and give them time to get nastier.
Being put away for that length of time in an unheated shed I always fogged the engine, treated the fuel and moved the seat into the house. Fogging protects the top end that won't be sitting in oil. At that time I also had to check the antifreeze but with the Vic that's no longer a needed step. I'm sure a few other things as well that escape me at the moment. Covered it with a breathable non-wicking material bike cover and let her rest. If it's kept in an unheated shed like mine was, leave it alone. No starting it to warm it up or just wanting to hear it. No uncovering it. Nadda.
Also look after and cosmetic and repair items in the fall or over the winter so you're ready to go as soon as the gravel/sand comes off the road. The added bonus of fogging the engine will be to wipe out some of your famous mosquitoes when you start it up. Not to worry, just make sure your own house is upwind.
Contrary to VJ's opinion, modern oil is exactly the reason I add Lucas to every oil change on a bike since the late 70's.
PS Battery out and in the house at prairie temperatures. Charged it up about once a month. Batteries typically laste 5 or 6 years and got changed whether they needed it or not.
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Last edited by 53canuck; 04-12-2016 at 12:17 AM.