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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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its too damn cold up here in MN starting to think about winterizing my bike. what do you guys do as far as winterizing your bikes. drain the gas or sta-bil? drain the oil or leave it? i've never had a fuel injected bike so any pointers would be great.

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You're right it is too damn cold up here in MN right now. Don't drain the gas, actually you want to fill it up. Any room for air can lead to corrosion. Just throw in the correct amount of stabilizer(run it for a few minutes after doing this). Definately, leave the oil in the bike. I generally started all my bikes once a month and let it get to operating temp. then shut it down and put it away. By doing this you will keep all the seals fresh. Not saying it would start to use oil next summer but, over time there is a chance it would. I wouldn't give up on another day or two of nice days just yet.
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well thanks for the info, i'm being optamistic but it sure is tough when you have to wear a jacket just to walk outside much the less ride out side
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Hey guys, your right about the cold. It sucks. Still hoping for one more ride before I put the bike away. The weatherman says 50's for Sat so that might be it . For storage, I fill the tank and add seafoam, take a short ride to get it through the system, change oil and filter, a little shot of fogging oil in the cylinders, one quick crank of the motor. Then put bike on a stand to get the tires off the ground. Hook up battery to battery tender, throw a cover over it and wait for spring. Its not a real good idea to start the bike during storage unless your going to get it hot enough to burn off any condensation you'll create by starting it. Seals will be fine over winter without running. You'll do more damage by creating moisture in the motor by starting cold.
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thanks for the info. where do i get fogging oil and then how do i apply it just through the spark plug hole? thanks again. -ACE
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You can get the fogging oil at any auto parts, marine or cycle shop. Some of your big box retailers may have it if they have a automotive section. Just pop out the plugs, give it a shot for about 2 seconds, screw the plugs back in and crank the motor without starting it and you should be good.
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