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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 11:09 PM
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I also use fogging oil, remove plugs spray some in, turn over a couple of times and spray again, and yes use a tender! we sell a bunch of batteries every spring

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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 11:36 PM
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Originally Posted by DRVMN View Post
Do you recommend putting some oil down each cylinder during storage?
For several years we paid for our snowmobile race parts by buying and selling old sleds that we'd pluck out of peoples back yards. Doing that, I've torn down a lot of 2 stroke engines that have set in various places for years and years. I've seen many set seized engines. But, in anything that has been stored even slightly out of the elements, the bores usually have little/no rust. 4 strokes are even less prone to bore rust.

In my experience, unless you store your stuff in a swamp, fogging for off season storage is not necessary. If it makes you feel better, by all means....fog. But you won't damage the engine if you don't.

Odd, it didn't look that soft before I rode into it...

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post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 12:29 AM
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I leave my battery in. easier to get the daily commute going that way.

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post #14 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 05:11 AM
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I have left the battery in on my 95 and have a "float charger" as compared to a trikle charger. They are different. My stock batteries lasted about 5 years each but I have switched to AGM.

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post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-26-2012, 08:20 PM
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I leave my battery on the bike so that I can ride it whenever I want to..I have four bikes running and one stored so my batteries get more abuse than most of you because I can only ride one at a time..As to dropping oil down the sparkplug holes, that might be a reasonable idea if you are going to store the bike for a year but for 3 or 4 months it is just overkill..

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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 03:29 PM
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I leave the battery in my bike. hooked up one of the supplied cables to the battery and plug in the tender as needed, takes 30 seconds with the cable installed!! Mine came with 2 cables- 1 with alagater clip ends and 1 with permanent attachement ends and both just plug into the tender plug. And yes a tender is well worth the investment!!!
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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 06:27 PM
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I either leave the tender on (C-Tek) or remove the negative terminal from the battery to prevent parasitic drains. A modern motorcycle battery is an AGM type and only needs to be topped off every 6-9 months of there is no load applied. Ensure your battery tender is compatible with your battery type and that the voltage is no higher than 13.4 V so that a flooded battery doesn't dry out, 13.6V for an AGM.

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post #18 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 10:02 PM
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I have the best way to take care of my battery.
I ride the bike all winter. I went for a nice ride yesterday.
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post #19 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 09:04 PM
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After I cut the grass today, I went for another ride. I had to change my T shirt first, it was all wet.
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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 02:55 AM
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Back when I lived in Maine I always took the battery out. Big reason is we tend to ignore toys in the off season. I saw a bike that had the battery crack and leak. Acid and aluminum don't get along good at all
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