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Old 03-09-2007, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know, "WTF is wrong with you?"... but I didn't do a damn thing to my bike this year but move it over in the garage and put the kickstand down before winter. I had a dream that this winter would be like last winter and I'd be riding a few times. Well, that obviously wasn't the case for many north easterners. I guess my question is, is there anything I should/could do now that might help my poor sled when it is actually warm enough to turn it over? Is it too late for fuel additives and other stuff? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks folks.
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Old 03-09-2007, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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give it a once over, check tire pressure, change the oil and maybe pull the plugs and give each cylinder a spritz of fogging oil before firing it up. Fuel should be ok...I don't do much more than clean / wax and cover mine....never had a problem.
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Drain your tank and your float bowls... save the gas for your lawnmower.

Fill it with some new gas and an "intank" carb cleaner. Ride it.

You'll know soon enough if you need to anything more.
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Old 03-09-2007, 02:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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99% chance it will be fine just like it is!!


just start it up and you will soon know!
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Charge the battery and give it a go.
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All we do all winter is start the bikes every now and then. They have
been just fine.
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If it starts, ride it and fill it with gas. If it don't start, give the battery a charge, start it and ride it and fill it with gas.
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Old 03-10-2007, 06:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I know, "WTF is wrong with you?"... but I didn't do a damn thing to my bike this year but move it over in the garage and put the kickstand down before winter. I had a dream that this winter would be like last winter and I'd be riding a few times. Well, that obviously wasn't the case for many north easterners. I guess my question is, is there anything I should/could do now that might help my poor sled when it is actually warm enough to turn it over? Is it too late for fuel additives and other stuff? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks folks.
You'll be fine. If you want to drain the carb bowls and tank just to be sure, that's a good idea. Put fresh fuel in. Don't leve it sit too long without fuel - moisture and all. A few months is still only short term storage. It sat on the showroom floor and in a crate before that that long before you got it, in most cases. I wouldn't worry too much. Change the oil after you run it the first time, just to ensure you get any condensed moisture out.

This makes the first year ever that I've winterized a bike, and that only consisted of putting stabil in the tanks of the Sabre and the Burgman about a month ago - they're both offsite. Even with that, the Sabre's coming out today. Just didn't feel right not having it here, but alas... I needed the garage space this year.
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Old 03-10-2007, 06:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sew on your Crazy Canuck's patch and ride! I bet the bike will be fine.

Let us know if she starts.

If the weather is good enough April 13th, ride it to Port Dover for the "biker" rally.

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Old 03-10-2007, 11:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Didn't winterize mine this year,,,never do. Today I took it out for the 1st time this year and found that the biggest thing I had to do is lift the kick stand.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!
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