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Old 11-18-2015, 12:13 PM   #1
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Bike Winter Storage Tips?

Just gave my bike a wash last weekend and moved it into storage.
Filled up the gas all the way, going to put some stabilizer in later.

What else do I need to do?

Btw, my storage is actually my house's basement (yay for walk out basement!), usually around 18'c there.

I assume I should disconnect the battery? I don't have a tickle charger, but do I need one if the battery is going to sit in room temperature anyway?
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:51 PM   #2
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Get the trickle charger. Cheap insurance.
I put my bike up on front and rear stands to keep the bike's weight off of the tires and suspension.

I'd put the fuel stabilizer in and ride it around the block to make sure the fuel and stabilizer is properly mixed and the fuel in the lines have the stabilizer.

Can't hurt to make sure the chain is properly lubed. Moisture in the air may cause rusting on the chain.
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If its carbed turn the fuel shut off to off and let it run out of fuel. This way there is no fuel in the bowls to gum anything up. If injected just run stabilizer like mentioned above and if you can get it off the tires and on stands. If you dont have any use some thick carpet under the tires to help put a barrier and keep from flat spots.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:32 PM   #4
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I have a tickle charger for sale

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Old 11-18-2015, 09:51 PM   #5
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You can also stuff your exhaust with cloth or something, to prevent mice or other creatures that might want to crawl inside.
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I keep mine pretty basic...

I do a complete wash and dry of the entire bike immediately before storage... that way any contaminates don't have the opportunity to sit and eat away at the bike all winter. I also clean and wax the chain. I take the battery out and put the bike on front and rear stands and toss a cover over it. I also put on my disc lock.

My bike is in my garage but I still keep storage insurance through ICBC. Having had a bike stolen before I'm not going to take any chances.
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