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post #1 of 8 Old Sep 17th, 2013, 10:03 pm Thread Starter
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A month ago i had my left kidney removed, i am in good health now but recovery is long. Needless to say shes gonna be in the garage until AT LEAST april. Question, do i just keep a full tank, plugged to the battery tender and start it every week?... or should i tell my buddy to take my much superior than his K1600GT K1200LT for a ride once in a while?

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post #2 of 8 Old Sep 18th, 2013, 12:00 am
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Re: Long term storage

I'd put some startron in her. About 1oz.then top her off. Battery tender, You should be alright.

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Re: Long term storage

I typically store mine from October thru April due to ice, salt, sand etc on the roads. I change the engine oil, fill the fuel tank up, add stabil or some form of fuel stabilizer, plug in the battery tender and never start it again until spring. Unless you get the bike out and ride it for a period of time you don't burn of the condensation created by the heating and cooling cycles. 30+ years of doing this over seven different bikes and none have failed to start in the spring yet...

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Heavy dose of SeaFoam in it and run until you are sure it is through the whole fuel system. I used to use some of the storage fuel stabilizers but I have had fuel issues with them after 5 months of storage, never had problems with SeaFoam as a stabilizer even on a carbeurated motorcycle that sat 2 years.

I also like to get the tires off the hard ground if possible to avoid flat spots Center stand and soft shag carpet for the front tire , and put it on a GOOD battery tender,

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Re: Long term storage

+1 on all!

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Re: Long term storage

It is critical not to start it unless you ride it. As the others said, stabilize the fuel and just park it. I plug mine into the charger for a day or two every couple of weeks during storage.


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It is critical not to start it unless you ride it. As the others said, stabilize the fuel and just park it. I plug mine into the charger for a day or two every couple of weeks during storage.

THIS IS IMPORTANT! So many times I see guys go out and run the bike for 10 minutes in the middle of winter, must be a harley thing. The neighbor does it once a month all winter long, he doesn't understand how my bike will sit in the garage for 5-6 months without problems.

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