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I’ve often felt that the real reason many motorcyclists don’t winterize their motorcycles is that they keep holding off in hopes to squeeze in one more ride. Although the MO Towers are located in Southern California, many of us ventured from colder climes to the Great American West in an effort to enjoy year-‘round riding. The journalism gig is just something we managed to weasel our way into as a means of supporting our habit.

In an effort to help dedicated riders in places that have real winter, the following list contains sure-fire signals that it is time to winterize your motorcycle rather than continue riding it or letting it sit unprepared developing the mechanical manifestations of Parked Motorcycle Syndrome.
Read more about the Top 10 Signs It’s Time To Winterize Your Bike at Motorcycle.com.
 

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I came on the site this morning specifically to get opinions about winterizing my bike. We are supposed to get snow this weekend and once the salt gets put on the road I probably won't ride again until March or so. I have a couple of winter projects I want to do to the bike like replace the ACCT with manual ones, add some Memphis lowers and possible drill the clutch basket. However, these are projects for later on. In the very near future I need to get it winterized. I've seen a couple of opinions on the youtube which were almost opposite of each other. One guy says to fill the gas tank up and put some fuel additive in it to prevent the gas from gumming up and also to keep the inside of the tank from rusting. Another one says to completely drain the tank, take it off the bike and swirl oil around the inside of the tank. Also another one I saw is to put plastic baggies over the end of the exhaust pipes and secure the with a rubber band which I thought was a pretty good idea. Other than giving it a good cleaning, which is going to be a part of the projects I will do this winter, I'm not sure of all the things I need to do for winterization. Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Gibby,I went through the same things,the first time it came to winterize my bike. Now this is all I do .I fill the tank with gas,add Seafoam,they tell you how much to add per gallon to stabilize the gas. Then I run the bike until it gets warm,shut off the petcock,let the carbs run dry. I put it in the garage,which is not heated,so I remove the seat,take out the battery,bring them inside,put battery on minder,charger,AGM battery.Then I put mothballs in the bags,the battery holder,spread them around bike. Oh yeah,put it on centerstand.Cover it with old sheet. As it only sits for maybe 3months,thats it. In the spring when I roll it out ,I put the battery back in,open the petcock,choke,and hit the start button 4 or 5 times and my 25 year old bike fires right up. After warming it up I change the oil. That's all I do to mine.I usually wait until after the first snow to put it away,I ride in cold weather,but took advice and dont like the stuff they put on the roads after it snows. Thanks,ODD for that. Some guys do more or less,I guess its up to you. Read the verses for more advice. Good luck.
 

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some of ride in the snow, no need to put them away
 
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some of ride in the snow, no need to put them away
mine isn't running right now otherwise I'd be riding

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1. check gas
2. check oil if bike stops smoking
3.check air in tires
4. spray all tins and frame with wd40
5. go ride

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We got our first snow today. Probably 4"-5". My youngest daughter wrecked her car, broke the spindle on the passenger side. No one was injured. Trucks spreading salt. I probably won't ride until after a couple of rains wash the salt from the road.
 

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Negative 8 degrees with 7" of snow on the ground. It's probably time.
nahhhhhhh

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Depending on the type of mufflers on your bike, it might be a good idea to plug or cover the ends to keep small rodents out as they like to build up hidden stashes of food. Back in New Hampshire, I've known people who started their bike up in the spring and had a shotgun load of acorns and stuff come out of their mufflers.
 
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