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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-20-2018, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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I hope I'm doing this right! I actually have a question - I bought my bike on Saturday. They serviced it and it has a full tank of gas, clean oil - new filter - all the good stuff. My question is, when should I drain the carb? I don't necessarily plan on putting it up for the winter yet, I'm hoping to have it out a few more times if the weather cooperates (I need to learn to ride it comfortably!). We're not sure how long it can sit before we drain the carb. We did put fuel stabilizer in the tank. Thank you in advance!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-20-2018, 03:00 PM
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Welcome.

It can't hurt to drain the carbs anytime to get any sediment out of the bowls.

Most guys put stabilizer in the fuel and leave it in the carbs after ride for winter.


Not sure if dry carbs are better or not. I don't drain mine.

If the small amount of fuel left over has a chance to dry will it cause more problems because of a layer of crusty sediment???


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What swifty2014 said about the carbs. I don't put my bike up for the winter, here in Central Alabama we can ride most of the year and have never gone over a week or so without riding the bike.

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Welcome to the forum! As mentioned, most just stabilize the fuel and leave them be. I used to run my outboards dry for the winter, but never bothered with the bike as I try to ride all year, road conditions permitting.

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Leave them. Seafoam in a full tank. Put the battery on a tender, cover it and leave it.


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Like the rest of the guys, I never drain the carbs when I store my bikes.
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Nice one! My congrats
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-22-2018, 07:38 PM
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If you are not planning to ride it on a regular basis, I suggest you to fill the tank up with ethanol-free fuel, if available in your area. Ethanol in a regular gas has a tendency to attract water from the humid air that may cause the formation of rust inside your steel tank. If you drain carburetor bowls, check for the presence of the fine rust sediment. It may tell you something about your bike's history.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-22-2018, 11:52 PM
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Leave them. Seafoam in a full tank. Put the battery on a tender, cover it and leave it.


Sitting on my VTX making Vroom Vroom noises.

https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/me...e71386-vtx.jpg

Thats just what I did !


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Welcome! Mine never gets put away.

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