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post #1 of 8 Old Oct 8th, 2008, 11:54 pm Thread Starter
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2008 R1200RT will be stored in garage, 50-60 degrees F, with battery keeper. Live in Spokane, WA, so am unlikely to ride between 11/08 and 3/09 (will get my speed/turning/freedom fix on the ski slopes). Should I run the tank nearly dry and put it up, or fill it up and stabilize, or other? Thanks, JohnnyRay.
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post #2 of 8 Old Oct 9th, 2008, 12:31 am
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Re: Winter Storage: Gas

You should ride it down to my house and I'll make sure it is well ridden all winter long.

I would just top off the tank and put it away. I've never had an issue with storing a bike this way.

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I use Seafoam for Winter storage. With a full take of gas to.

1 ounce per gallon. Run the bike to make sure it's in the fuel system.

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Seafoam or Sta-Bil in a full tank. Run it through for a short ride to make sure it's all through the system, including the injectors.

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post #6 of 8 Old Oct 12th, 2008, 7:02 pm
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Re: Winter Storage: Gas

In 20 + years of riding, I have never "winterized" a bike. I do put a trickle charge on it if it sits for more than a month. We have a 1988 Suzuki Intruder I bought new, and have never had a problem. I try to ride at least once a month, the whole "rounder" thing, and it gets quite chilly around here.

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Seafoam or Sta-Bil in a full tank. Run it through for a short ride to make sure it's all through the system, including the injectors.
Ditto this! I prefer Sta-Bil. It is CHEAP insurance. And it sounds to me like you know that you aren't going to ride it for the better part of 4 to 5 months. (And frankly, that is your prerogative. ) Storing any gasoline-powered engine this long without treating the fuel is just asking for trouble. Expensive trouble on an LT.

Also, you may want to consider putting the bike up on it's centerstand and then getting your front tire up off the ground.

Oh, and ... change the oil before you put her away for hibernation. The acids that reside in used/unclean oil are really bad for a bike that's going to set for months and months. Once it's changed, don't start the bike again until Spring.

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Or...you could just move to North Carolina...were we don't have to stop riding at all! But, seriously...my vote goes with Stabil....just be sure to run some of the stabilized gas through the engine first.

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