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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I can ride a lot better than I can walk. I had to sell my dual sport because I simply could not get on that high seat. But if you like the bike, have a place to keep it, and can still ride it some, I'd keep it. When it's gone it's gone. I have stored bikes for years with no damage. I drained the carbs, drained the gas tank, and put in $20 a gallon small engine fuel. It can also be used as storage fuel. It has no ethanol in it, and should last for 2 years without going bad. All you need to do is put 1 gallon in it. Then park it on the centerstand. Because you have fuel in it, you can start it whenever you want. I start my Royal Enfield up at least every 2 weeks, warm it up, use the clutch to keep it from sticking, turn the front tire a little to keep it from flat spotting and keep the brake from sticking, I push the suspension up and down, basically move everything on the bike that was designed to move. I have a 2016 Honda Rebel I'm doing the same way. I have an advantage here because I live alone. I am divorced, my kids are grown. So I took all the furniture out of the living room, ripped up the carpet that needed to be replaced anyway, and painted the concrete floor with gray epoxy paint. I keep 4 bikes in there, and can also work on them in the AZ summer because I have A/C in the house.
I seem to have an option that I have not seen on here. I have hard leather bolt on saddlebags, and a Kawasaki bracket that you mount the bags to, and it also relocates the turn signals. I bought it back in '02, and don't think I have ever seen another one.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike