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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. :mad:
 

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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.

steviej
 

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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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I too will ride during the winter, conditions permitting. I call my insurance agent to let them know I'm going out for the day and place a room heater near the bike and aim it at the crank case and tranny to warm the oil for an easier start.
 

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change coolant every 2 years and the old air in the tires too.





must not take much. cant find the overflow tank. maybe
behind the front wheel..:)
 

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Theoretically nitrogen in the tires would reduce deterioration slightly (Less oxygen = less breakdown of the tire I hear).

As for me, my bike is lucky to get put in the garage if its actively snowing, I bought a bike with heated seats/grips for a reason :crzy: In VA it rarely gets icy so I ride year round, just gotta dress warm for those dec-feb rides. :cool:

When I was in connecticut I just put her on wood and once/twice a month on a clearish day rode it around a little to keep the tires from getting a flat spot, the battery charged, and the oil/gas circulated.
 

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change coolant every 2 years and the old air in the tires too.

must not take much. cant find the overflow tank. maybe
behind the front wheel..:)
Victory engines are air/oil cooled so there is no coolant or overflow tank. The radiator looking thing behind the front wheel is the oil cooler.

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Victory engines are air/oil cooled so there is no coolant or overflow tank. The radiator looking thing behind the front wheel is the oil cooler.

steviej
No sense of humor, eh Stevie? :mad::ltr:
 

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well, i tried. at least most of you looked and ignored it. i'll go back to being quiet for a while.

no riding around here for 3 weeks. cold and crappy. sunday dry and 70.hope to be out.
not storing it yet.want to hit 7500 this year.

ive used a battery tender for years. also jack the bike off the
ground.stabil is a must. you cant drain the carbs on a vic[fuelly].
mine is in dry storage in a bag with moisture absorber.
 

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well, i tried. at least most of you looked and ignored it. i'll go back to being quiet for a while.

no riding around here for 3 weeks. cold and crappy. sunday dry and 70.hope to be out.
not storing it yet.want to hit 7500 this year.

ive used a battery tender for years. also jack the bike off the
ground.stabil is a must. you cant drain the carbs on a vic[fuelly].
mine is in dry storage in a bag with moisture absorber.
I haven't ridden since my knee surgery last Monday. I might try a ride this week.
 

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Every week I go out to the garage on my day off, open the big door and fire it up. Let it run for 45 mins to an hour and dream of no snow on the ground.

I'll give it a final season oil change along with a fresh tank of gas and a full detail wash in a couple of weeks. Then up on the lift for a few months or until the weather is above 40 with no ice or snow on the roads.

You guys are beginning to depress me.
 

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Every week I go out to the garage on my day off, open the big door and fire it up. Let it run for 45 mins to an hour and dream of no snow on the ground.
Can't tell if you're joking or are serious, especially since your next paragraph contradicts the first.
I'll give it a final season oil change along with a fresh tank of gas and a full detail wash in a couple of weeks. Then up on the lift for a few months or until the weather is above 40 with no ice or snow on the roads.
But just in case you were serious, it's not a good idea at all to start up the bike and let it idle in the winter, only to shut it off again. Humidity is very high in the winter, and as soon as you shut it off, that warm engine becomes a magnet to all the moisture in the air. You get water where water's not supposed to go, and while your battery gets freshened up, the motor and everything else suffers.

Don't start her up unless you're going for a ride. And also never let the bike idle in a closed spaced (ie. garage).
 
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