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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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the winter is coming, the winter is coming

snows coming any advice on keeping the bike in good condition until the spring

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Yay for louisiana with snow once every 5 yrs haha sorry had to do it
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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thanks old dad nd joker your one lucky dude I'm in boston where the weather is bipolar
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snows coming any advice on keeping the bike in good condition until the spring
I assume you mean "winter", like bike stuck away for 3-4-5 months.

Is many things that can be concerned about. I think two big things are:

1) Not outside, not even outside under a cover. But if haas to be outside, a cover is better than uncovered.

2) Battery Tender float/maintain charger on battery (not necessarily that specific brand.)

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The winters may be bipolar where you are, but that means it ain't ALL bad.
Get the bike out and ride on the nicer days during the winter.
There will be decent days, I canoe a lot on January 1st, but then I ride in the cold as well, lowest this year was 14 degrees.
As others have said, keep her out of the weather as much as possible and keep the battery charged. My battery is new and I can tell a difference if it has been parked for 3-4 days.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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ight thanks i currently do have it outside with a cover but i have the battery in my house its not even in condition to ride on a day to day basis I'm still working on it but thanks for all the advice I'm trying to get in a basement asap.
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Oh, I didnt ask:
Is it truly gonna be stuck away for 4-5-6 months?
Or..... do you intend to get it out on occassional nice days?
If do get it out on nice days: Be aware that even if road looks clean and dry, there is likley salt dust that will get on bike and corrode it (especailly engine cases, aluminum wheels) unless you hose it down after the ride. ANd when get back from ride on nice winter day (meaning 38 or 42 dgreess you may not be to intersted in getting out a hose and splashing around cold water).

With bike in basement, maybe not be intending to get it out on occassion.

Battery in basement better than battery sitting outside, but still would be better to have a battery maintgence charger (Battery Tender) even in basement or garage.

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