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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do when storing your scoot for the winter months. I put a tender on the battery, cover it, put dryer sheets around, plug my tail pipe ( even though i havent had issues with critters on the garage) and Sea Foam in my fuel should I do anything to the chrome? Thanks

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Have a full tank of ethanol free gas if you can get it. I take Stabil or Seafoam to the gas station for the last fill up so its all through the system by the time I ride directly home. Change the oil just prior to that last ride so its circulated through the engine. Place squares of 1/4" plywood under the tires if you are not raising the bike on a lift for the duration. NEVER start the engine unless you intend to go for a ride for at least a half hour. Worst thing you can do is start the engine, run it for a few minutes and shut it down. Call your insurance agent and suspend the liability and collision, but leave the comp in effect. Saves a bundle to do that. Every vehicle,even if it is not running, should have comp on it. Ask your agent why.

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Very helpful RICZ, just out of curiosity, why the plywood under the tires?

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Very helpful RICZ, just out of curiosity, why the plywood under the tires?
The purpose of the plywood is to insulate the tires from the cold concrete. A long time ago I read that tires deteriorate when remaining on cold concrete for extended periods.

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I plug the battery tender in once a month for 24 hours rather than leave it plugged in. I read somewhere that this will "exercise" the battery rather than just keep it fully charged. Supposedly, excercising the battery promotes a longer battery life. However, I haven't ever had a problem doing it both ways.

I fog the top of the cylinders, change oil and filter just before storage, stabilize the a full tank of gas (Stabil or SeaFoam) and run the bike for a few minutes to get the stabilized gas through the entire fuel system. The bike gets covered as do the ends of the exhaust. Never had a problem but I know the little critters are in the wood pile so they might find there way inside. Lastly, I raise the bike so that both tires are off the floor.

Then I read it a bedtime story, kiss its forehead, wish it sweet dreams of long curvey sand-free roads, shut the light and then close the door on my way out.

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Just cover the bike the chrome will be fine.
Who cares if a critter gets in the pipes he will leave when you start it.
Take all pet food or any food out of where you store the bike. No food no critters.
If you have a real battery tender leave it on it will not harm the battery.
Wood blocks for the tires is a good deal.

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I'm lucky enough to live just far enough south to be able to ride just about year around. I don't mind the cold but really don't like salt so if it has been snowing I usually wait for it to wear off before I get the bike out. Even in east TN there are days in Jan and Feb that can get into the low 70's so those are the days I get a cold and call in to work and then take off on 2 wheels.

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If we have a winter like last year, as long as the roads are clear, i'll be riding mine.

Only the Shovelhead gets put away for the winter. Cold and 50 wt. dont mix too well.
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Don't have to worry bout putting bike up I ride year round as long as no snow or ice and always take a ride on new years day
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I ride year around as long as there is no ice, snow or heavy salt on the roads. I also have a heated garage which makes it easier.

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