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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have used StaBil in bikes, but only the BLUE marine stuff. It seems to work fairly well, but the fact is, even with StaBil OR Seafoam, or anything else in gas, gas still evaporates. And when it does, it leaves sticky gooey stuff behind. It would take a long time for a significant amount of gas to evaporate out of a tank, but it does not take long for a float bowl full of it to evaporate, and leave residue behind. Thats why I recommend draining the carbs for storage. That way you drain everything out, including the part of gas that does not evaporate. To prevent corrosion in the empty carburetors, I recommend draining out all the gas, filling them with WD-40, then draining it out. It will leave a coating that will protect the metal, and yet is easily dissolved by gas when you fill them up again.
I have one Yamaha XT225 in extended storage right now, and have no idea how long it will be before I get it going. Nothing wrong with it, didn't even really need it, I have another one I use, but I got this one so cheap I couldn't resist. It ran fine when I bought it. The XT225 is my favorite street legal trail bike and it is getting hard to find nice ones. I have the carb apart in a tupperware bowl, the bike sitting up on a 5 gallon bucket with both wheels off the floor, there is no chain or front sprocket. The bike is in 5th gear, The tank was emptied and coated with WD-40, and the intake is plugged. About once a month, I remove the spark plug and the plastic from the intake, and spray 3 in 1 oil into the spark plug hole and the intake, then turn the engine over with a socket, then put the plug back finger tight, and the plastic back over the intake. This lubricates the valves and cylinder walls, and moves the piston in the cylinder to prevent the rings from sticking. I should be able to store it in a closed shed for years this way without damage.
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
Last edited by VN750Rider/Jerry; 12-05-2011 at 08:26 PM.