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post #1 of 8 Old Jan 3rd, 2007, 9:51 am Thread Starter
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Unhappy winterized - or lack thereof

Tried searching for previous information on the topic to no avail. It will have been almost 6 weeks until I return home for the first time after working out of town.
I left the LT at home, plugged in (BMW gel charger), in a heated garage all nice and cozy for the winter. I didn't lift the front tire off the ground - but it is on the CS, so the rear is lifted. I also forgot to use mouse poison & Stabil.

First and foremost, I'm afraid of a dead spot developing in the front tire. The thought of a vermin infestation in my tupperware isn't a huge worry, but I will be checking when I return and would surely hate to find that. Bad gas shouldn't be a problem after 6 weeks. Are these issues worthy of worrying about? They consume me like an oven that was left on consumes a worrysome mom. What can I do when I get home besides check for problem? After 6 weeks, I'll be itching for a ride... and I don't want to have a front tire blowout or massive front end wobble! Are there any other things I should worry about for the next 2 weeks?

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-Ryan from the South Pole
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post #2 of 8 Old Jan 3rd, 2007, 9:59 am
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Don't worry about it 6 weeks shouldn't be a problem. Units sit on a showroom floor that length of time..or more.
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post #3 of 8 Old Jan 3rd, 2007, 10:01 am
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There is so little weight on the front tire I would not worry about it. Gas should survive the 6 weeks considering the temp has been fairly constant in the garage. I would not worry about it. Just give it a good once over check the tires and ride it.

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post #4 of 8 Old Jan 3rd, 2007, 10:04 am
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I put my bike up every winter for at least 3 months and sometimes 4 between rides. I change oil, fill it up with gas, add stabilizer and hook it up to a battery tender. Starts right up in spring with no problems and have never found a flat spot on the front tire. I wouldn't worry about it. Ron
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post #5 of 8 Old Jan 3rd, 2007, 10:06 am
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Check tire press & ride, the rats will jump off. Don't forget to unplug the tender!
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post #6 of 8 Old Jan 3rd, 2007, 10:17 am Thread Starter
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very good points - esp the one: rats will jump off plus showroom floor time and gas at same temp the whole time
very good to know. makes me feel better.
thanks a bunch guys
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post #7 of 8 Old Jan 3rd, 2007, 6:59 pm
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You did everything you needed to do...

Hooked up the Battery Tender.. . everything else is debatable..

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post #8 of 8 Old Jan 3rd, 2007, 7:28 pm
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Texas winteriing... bring it here and we'll keep the oil and coolant circulating, the fuel refreshed, tires properly rolling, fresh bugs squished and an odometer check.... for a nominal fee of course..

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