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Old Jan 7th, 2009, 6:24 pm Thread Starter
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Winterizing?

Hi,

I have a 2009 LT. My problem is that my poor bike is sitting outside in the snow! Oh it's covered, I just wonder what kind of damage 15 degree temps and all that snow is going to do to my baby!
I decided that I would go out once a week and start it up to bring it up to temperature. But, I found out that letting the engine idle for long periods of time (15 minutes) is bad.

Any winterizing ideas?

Thanks for your help!

Steve
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Old Jan 7th, 2009, 6:27 pm
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Hi,

I have a 2009 LT. My problem is that my poor bike is sitting outside in the snow! Oh it's covered, I just wonder what kind of damage 15 degree temps and all that snow is going to do to my baby!
I decided that I would go out once a week and start it up to bring it up to temperature. But, I found out that letting the engine idle for long periods of time (15 minutes) is bad.

Any winterizing ideas?

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Winterizing?

I ride mine year round and am fortunate to have her in the garage, and, we almost never get snow in Mooresville.

But, I am a MA native and understand the winter.

Normally, I would put some STABIL in the tank and run it a little to get the stuff into the injectors. Put the battery on a tender. I usually pull the plugs and spray some fogging oil, spray a little light corrosion inhibiting (WD-40 Like) oil on exposed metal, keep the smow from piling up and thats it.

I assume you have it on the centerstand already.

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Winterize your Gear, not your bike!

We had a vicious cold snap this morning where it hit (gasp) 44 degrees f. and remained there for a torturous 35 minutes, just long enough for my commute.
44.... wow doesn't that just P!$$ U off...Southern California has been suffering also....we are all the down into the 30's now during the early mornings.....


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Hmmmmm, rode a PGR mission last week with the high only 35. Sure was invigorating.

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I decided that I would go out once a week and start it up to bring it up to temperature. But, I found out that letting the engine idle for long periods of time (15 minutes) is bad.

Any winterizing ideas?
Don't start it anymore until you are ready to ride it & warm it up thoroughly. Keep the battery on a battery tender (it is best to keep it cold rather than keeping it inside anyway). Put a cover over it. Most of the damage has already been done (and not really all that much IMHO) by leaving it out to get iced up.
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move the bike to the corner of the living room. you can do your maintance while watching tv. it will be ready to go in spring.

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I can't believe you guys are complaining about temperature in the 40's!
When it gets above 40 degrees I go out and ride, providing the streets are clear of ice.....

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They only thing I can think of is move............hahaha

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