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post #1 of 23 Old Sep 13th, 2018, 5:50 pm Thread Starter
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I am new to BMW bikes, so I was wondering if I need to do anything special before putting my K1600gtl away for the season (just had hand surgery)
it is stored in a unheated garage
the oil has been changed, fuel stabilizer added and it is on a battery tender
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post #2 of 23 Old Sep 16th, 2018, 10:03 pm Thread Starter
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Re: Winter Storage

well, I am guessing with no replies, I must have it covered
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post #3 of 23 Old Sep 16th, 2018, 10:55 pm
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The only additional thing I might also do is get it up on the center stand which you may have already done so the full weight of the bike is not sitting on one spot on the tire for an extended time. Other than that, you have the basics for storage covered.

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I am glad my winter storage is just adding an additional layer of clothing to combat the cool. Rarely ice or snow. Only on the higher mountain tops.
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You have done as much as reasonable. Just do not start it up until you are ready to ride it.
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The only other step I take is to make sure it's filled with ethanol free fuel before it goes into storage. Probably doesn't really matter for shorter term storage (i.e. less than a year), but it makes me feel better about it.

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The only other step I take is to make sure it's filled with ethanol free fuel before it goes into storage. Probably doesn't really matter for shorter term storage (i.e. less than a year), but it makes me feel better about it.


Ethanol fuels really attract water, even if you add a stabilizer. Anything over a couple of months should be free of ethanol or drain the tank. I endured an extensive repair to a generator from leaving fuel in it (after adding ethanol stabilizer) for only 8 months of sitting.


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Note sure if the air box intake is easily accessable on the K1600 but I stuff a plastic bag in mine to prevent pesky rodents from building a nest. I also leave a post-it note on the spedo to remind me in the spring that the bag is there.

We discovered this when my LT was used for the "Wrench Day" at the CCR at Osage Beach MO. We had to get a shop vac from the resort maintenance department to remove all of the stored seeds, yarn, etc., from blocking the air filter for the rodents who were planning on an extended Ohio winter. The bike had been kept in an unheated garage and there was no other evidence of mice!

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post #9 of 23 Old Sep 17th, 2018, 1:47 pm Thread Starter
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Re: Winter Storage

thanks for the advice
my previous bike did not have a center stand, so that is something I never even thought about
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I am glad my winter storage is just adding an additional layer of clothing to combat the cool. Rarely ice or snow. Only on the higher mountain tops.

Well, to be Frank,

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laughs
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it's starting off as a tough winter
we have had snow twice already (only stayed a couple of days) but unless we get some nice weather, it's going to be a long winter
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thanks for the advice
my previous bike did not have a center stand, so that is something I never even thought about
I have started to place drier sheets (e.g. Bounce) under the seat and in various other nooks in the fairing to discourage mice from taking refuge during winter storage. I have never had any problem with mice but a neighbour had much of the wiring in his Vespa destroyed by mice while the scooter was stored in an unheated garage.
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I have started to place drier sheets (e.g. Bounce) under the seat and in various other nooks in the fairing to discourage mice from taking refuge during winter storage. I have never had any problem with mice but a neighbour had much of the wiring in his Vespa destroyed by mice while the scooter was stored in an unheated garage.
Moth balls work as well. A couple of pie pans or make one from foil and place under the bike front & rear

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A guy over on the FJRowners forum built a pretty nice portable temp/humidity controlled storage unit I am contemplating. My bike gets put away for 5 solid months and I end up with puddles of salt water on my garage floor. Once dry, it blows around like dust and gets all over. I mop my garage floor at least 4 times per winter.

At minimum I fill the tank with non-ethanol gas and Seafoam, put a cover over it, and put a piece of insulation board under the front tire to prevent a flat spot, and attach a battery tender if I can't remove the battery easily.

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A guy over on the FJRowners forum built a pretty nice portable temp/humidity controlled storage unit I am contemplating. My bike gets put away for 5 solid months and I end up with puddles of salt water on my garage floor. Once dry, it blows around like dust and gets all over. I mop my garage floor at least 4 times per winter.

At minimum I fill the tank with non-ethanol gas and Seafoam, put a cover over it, and put a piece of insulation board under the front tire to prevent a flat spot, and attach a battery tender if I can't remove the battery easily.

Anyway here is the link and pics as you won't be able to view them if you are not a registered member.

https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/8-f...r-storage.html









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Waste of time & money. Just ride it if you can or start the bike up once a week. Winter storage no not here.
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Waste of time & money. Just ride it if you can or start the bike up once a week. Winter storage no not here.
Starting the bike occasionally in the winter...If you don't get the bike and oil up to operating temperature and run that way for ten minutes or so, the water formed in combustion will collect in the bike engine and exhaust systems. In the engine the water joins with combustion products and oil to form acids and sludge. In the exhaust it forms rust. If store your bike or go weeks without the possibility of riding, just keep your battery on a smart motorcycle rated charger and relax, don't start up your bike, it is not good for it.
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Starting the bike occasionally in the winter...If you don't get the bike and oil up to operating temperature and run that way for ten minutes or so, the water formed in combustion will collect in the bike engine and exhaust systems. In the engine the water joins with combustion products and oil to form acids and sludge. In the exhaust it forms rust. If store your bike or go weeks without the possibility of riding, just keep your battery on a smart motorcycle rated charger and relax, don't start up your bike, it is not good for it.
I don’t necessarily disagree with you , but to build box like the one in the pictures .... no way.
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Waste of time & money. Just ride it if you can or start the bike up once a week. Winter storage no not here.
Not a waste of time or money IMO. My garage floor ends up with puddles of salt water for months on end. With a high traffic garage this gets splashed around and tracked in the house. I literally mop my garage 3-4 times per winter if we get a warm day.

Once the first snow falls, roads are covered with white salt powder until spring and we get good heavy rain to wash it off. You will not see a cycle on the roads of any type from Dec-Mar around here (minimum stretch). There are usually a couple 2-3 week stretches in Jan and Feb where the temps will not get out of the single digits.

Most Harley dealers will store your bike for about $45-$50/month. I built a very similar box for $130 total. Money well spent to protect a near $20K bike IMO. You obviously have no idea how long or brutal a winter can get. If you don't believe me, ask the new Russian guy. I am sure he can relate lol. It sucks.




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Not a waste of time or money IMO. My garage floor ends up with puddles of salt water for months on end. With a high traffic garage this gets splashed around and tracked in the house. I literally mop my garage 3-4 times per winter if we get a warm day.

Once the first snow falls, roads are covered with white salt powder until spring and we get good heavy rain to wash it off. You will not see a cycle on the roads of any type from Dec-Mar around here (minimum stretch). There are usually a couple 2-3 week stretches in Jan and Feb where the temps will not get out of the single digits.

Most Harley dealers will store your bike for about $45-$50/month. I built a very similar box for $130 total. Money well spent to protect a near $20K bike IMO. You obviously have no idea how long or brutal a winter can get. If you don't believe me, ask the new Russian guy. I am sure he can relate lol. It sucks.



Obviously I don’t know where you guys live and you don’t know where I do either . I see now you guys must live up in Canada . So as not to start a international incident between the USA & Canada I offer my humble apologies I live in the St Louis area and just got 6” of snow last Thursday. Earliest snow we have had in 27 years. Still don’t see a wooden box for my bikes though Nice looking RT you have there
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Obviously I don’t know where you guys live and you don’t know where I do either . I see now you guys must live up in Canada . So as not to start a international incident between the USA & Canada I offer my humble apologies I live in the St Louis area and just got 6” of snow last Thursday. Earliest snow we have had in 27 years. Still don’t see a wooden box for my bikes though Nice looking RT you have there
Not a problem. Not Canada but rather a few states north in WI. It really was not that much expense or time to throw this together and I debated just storing elsewhere to keep it in a more protected environment but I could not see paying $50/mo. It is going to be in there for the next 5 months so I know it is protected from everything but the cold. WI really uses salt heavily and last year my Super Tenere center stand was literally sitting in a salt water puddle. Did not want that happening to the RT.

Take Care and hope it is a short winter. I am already getting antsy to get it back on the road. They have already put salt down so I won't be back out until after the first heavy rain in March or April.

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Not a problem. Not Canada but rather a few states north in WI. It really was not that much expense or time to throw this together and I debated just storing elsewhere to keep it in a more protected environment but I could not see paying $50/mo. It is going to be in there for the next 5 months so I know it is protected from everything but the cold. WI really uses salt heavily and last year my Super Tenere center stand was literally sitting in a salt water puddle. Did not want that happening to the RT.

Take Care and hope it is a short winter. I am already getting antsy to get it back on the road. They have already put salt down so I won't be back out until after the first heavy rain in March or April.
I have a few buddies that live up your way. Been to southwest WI quite a few times and up along Lake Superior too. Ya everybody is salt crazy here. predicting upper 50's to low 60's here by Wednesday
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