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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Winterization (if that's a word)

I'm new to riding and I've never let a motorcycle sit through the winter. I don't remember seeing anything in the owner's manual about what to do with the bike if it is going to sit for a period of time through the winter months, but I do know that batteries tend to go dead. Can anyone recommend a charger or any other device for keeping the battery alive? In addition, is there anything else I should plan to do? I'm hoping I'll still be able to take it out occasionally over the winter months. I'm in Maryland and today it's in the mid 70s outside. If only I wasn't at work ....
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Our Walmart's down here sell a battery tender made for bikes and ATV's that comes with a pig tail you can leave mounted on your battery terminals and can quick connect it when you pull the bike in the garage and keep the battery maintained for the entire time you leave her parked. They run about $20.

If you add seafoam to your gas about once a month, it will help keep your fuel system cleaned up, and if you know you're going to park her for a while, just fill the tank to full, add a few oz's of seafoam and make sure you run it a minute to fill the carbs, then shut down and you're good to go. Seafoam and a full tank will keep any condensation from building up while she's parked and she'll fire right off next time. IMO, it's the best stabilizer made.

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fergs is the quick route, if your gonna park her til spring heres a link to the thread in the verses.
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Reading these posts and where everyone is from, Ferg's method is about all we need down here. Ice and snow do happen occasionally, more frequently here in north east texas than down south with Ferg. However, most winters here in Texas (at least on my end, out west is a different story) temps average in the mid 30's to mid 40's and sometimes in 60's and 70's. So a complete mothball for the winter doesn't generally happen. Of course, if your like me, I ride year round except when I have to get both the kids or the bridges ice.

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Thanks everyone

Thanks everyone, I'll look for the battery tender and the sea foam and check out the link. That's exactly the info I was looking for. What a great web site this is.
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Yeah, you might want to cancel your membership here if you're allergic to awesome.

Another thing you can do this Winter is get some extra cold weather gear and keep riding. That's what I do. I just got a black balaclava and wear it with my shades. My buddy Texas told me I look like a ninja on a motorcycle. LOL!!
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With the advent of synthetic oil, do the instructions change at all? Does the oil still turn acid over the winter? Do you discard that expensive stuff? My bike will only be down for the frozen months...January and February... so could I just park it and fully warm it
(long enough to evaporate them moisture) and continue normal maintenence?

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With the advent of synthetic oil, do the instructions change at all? Does the oil still turn acid over the winter? Do you discard that expensive stuff? My bike will only be down for the frozen months...January and February... so could I just park it and fully warm it
(long enough to evaporate them moisture) and continue normal maintenence?

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If you could time an oil change for late December, I'd use the good stuff, as it does hold up better for sitting, and then use it like it is once you start riding again until it reaches it's mileage for another change. If you wanted to put an oil in there just for the storage, you can certainly use the Rotella dyno, and you can get it pretty cheap. It actually has better sheer stability (holds it's viscosity longer) than the Rotella synthetic and a very good additive package as well. I'm seriously thinking about changing over to the dyno for my winter oil. Our winters seldom get into the 20's or lower. The Synthetic 5W40 might do you a little better on cold starts in really frigid temps though, in case you were tempted to get the bike out on a sunny, but cold January day!

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Synthetic Oil:was Winterization

A change to synthetic in December works. The semi synthetic in it now is about seven months old.

As for the Synthetic 5W40, winters in central Ohio are mostly above twenty degrees. We will get a serious freeze to single digits in early to middle February, usually, but this kid won't be riding a bike when that happens.

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If you could time an oil change for late December, I'd use the good stuff, as it does hold up better for sitting, and then use it like it is once you start riding again until it reaches it's mileage for another change. If you wanted to put an oil in there just for the storage, you can certainly use the Rotella dyno, and you can get it pretty cheap. It actually has better sheer stability (holds it's viscosity longer) than the Rotella synthetic and a very good additive package as well. I'm seriously thinking about changing over to the dyno for my winter oil. Our winters seldom get into the 20's or lower. The Synthetic 5W40 might do you a little better on cold starts in really frigid temps though, in case you were tempted to get the bike out on a sunny, but cold January day!


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