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Old 11-18-2012, 01:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If you are worried about flat spots on your tires just push it a foot or so every two weeks if you have the room. Also, the carb on our Aero 750's can be drained. Remove tank and air cleaner housing. Then, see attachment.

I rode through last Winter. It didn't sit for more than two weeks without running.

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Old 11-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The jack helps with storage space too . . . I can keep the bike in an upright position and roll it close to the wall, giving me more room in the garage.

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Old 11-18-2012, 04:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by gat803 View Post

If your oil is due for a change, change it. Other than's fine. This is the oil that's in your engine anyways. If it was that caustic it would have destroyed the engine a long time ago.

Air your tires up. Modern tires don't flat spot when aired properly, and it won't hurt them to sit on cement for 3 or 4 months. They sit on the ground the rest of the time.

It's not necessary to lift the bike of the ground. Springs weaken thru action, not by sitting static with very little load on them. Again, they sit normally the rest of the year.

Run the gas out of the carb/carbs or don't. The fuel inside will evaporate in a month or so anyway, and the carb will be dry at start up either way.

The two most important things are Stabilize the gas, and don't start the engine during storage unless you can RIDE it up to normal operating temperature. Engines run in cold weather for short periods of time attract moisture, inside and out. The leads to rusted out exhaust systems and excess water in the crankcase. Letting it idle and reving it isn't enough.
Gat has it nailed. Just follow his instructions. No more, no less.

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