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I traded a 98 R1100RS this past spring for a 2005 LT. In the past I was lucky enough to have a friend hold it in his heated garage. This year--at home, I have a well covered car port, unheated, with electricity. Question: Should I just cover the bike and hook up a battery tender for the gelcell? If there are some mild winter days, I could still venture out. Other option: remove battery, keep dead bike in carport. Any advice appreciated.
 

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Put a ski under the front wheel and ride it

TimK12LT said:
Question: Should I just cover the bike and hook up a battery tender for the gelcell? If there are some mild winter days, I could still venture out.
... all winter long! :histerica
Or, you could ship it to ABQ and do fly and rides throughout the winter. :)
 

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Tim, you'll be surprised how well the fairing, heated seats and grips work. As long as you dress right and there is no ice on the road you should be able to ride comfortably down to 0 or 10 below. So don't putthe bike away, keep it on the charger and you'll be pleased when your buddies are ticked at you for going riding on those days when it is 30 degrees and the sun is shining.
 

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TimK12LT said:
I traded a 98 R1100RS this past spring for a 2005 LT. In the past I was lucky enough to have a friend hold it in his heated garage. This year--at home, I have a well covered car port, unheated, with electricity. Question: Should I just cover the bike and hook up a battery tender for the gelcell? If there are some mild winter days, I could still venture out. Other option: remove battery, keep dead bike in carport. Any advice appreciated.
Tim,

I covered mine with a waterproof, fitted cover and left the trickle charger on mine all winter @ the lowest setting (2 amps). Even at Wisconsin Winter temp's, I would think you'll be ok.

On the first sunny day (hopefully W/O ice on the roads), your in business!

PS: You don't have to move South.
 

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I give her a drink of fuel stabilizer, put her in a covered trailer, hook up the charger, cover her up, and she sleeps all winter. Just like a big old bear she sleeps all winter. Sometimes on a warm dry day when the sun is shinning I will wake her up by starting her just to see if she is still alive.

I also take some pressure out of the tires.
 

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I know you don't want to hear any smartass comments
on how to survive the winter from a guy in Florida,
but I do have a tip that might be usefull,
back when I was single at one point in my life I had four bikes,
I used a regular household timer ($5-10) and plugged my battery charger(s) into it
then set it for a couple of hours per day
 

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SilverBuffalo said:
I know you don't want to hear any smartass comments
on how to survive the winter from a guy in Florida,
but I do have a tip that might be usefull,
back when I was single at one point in my life I had four bikes,
I used a regular household timer ($5-10) and plugged my battery charger(s) into it
then set it for a couple of hours per day
Sure we do, Hans! Even in Florida, like California, it sometimes gets under 70 (degrees).
 

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Tim,
there have been several posts about trying to keep mice out of your bike. Parked in an open carport you may or may not have a problem with mice. Still you might want to keep an eye on your baby while she sleeps.

Roy
 

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Cold winter storage:
  • Change the fluids (especially the engine oil) before winter.
  • Remove the battery and charge it every few weeks.
  • Keep both tires off the ground.
 

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Mpls, MN here, I manage to ride all 12 months every year. Some years its only a day or 2 some months, but there are years ('86-87) I have ridden all but 1-2 weeks for the whole year.

In a car port keep her covered and the tender on or remove the battery and charge it every few weeks.

BUT if you want to ride when the opportunity is there I'd change the oil to synthetics for easier starting, also I use ACF-50, which is used in the aircraft industry to protect avionics and metal from corrosion (salty roads for us that are more firmly planted on the ground). I spray it on everything including the wiring, this stuff works great, I have turned several of my FL friends onto it because it protects from sea spray as well.

Another tip, when you finished any winter ride get into the habit of plugging in the tender before you put the cover back on you never know when that 12-20inch snowfall will hit.

My Harley Ultra has always been my winter bike for the last 10 years because of the protection but this year I may be riding the 12GS Adv all winter.

Check out http://www.yearroundriders.com/ for winter riding tips.

I can't remember where I got mine from (I bought a gal) but here is a linky to a source for ACF-50 http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/acf50.php

One last word - Gerbing

Dave
 

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Drier sheets

bigbear said:
Tim,
there have been several posts about trying to keep mice out of your bike. Parked in an open carport you may or may not have a problem with mice. Still you might want to keep an eye on your baby while she sleeps.

Roy
I have put drier sheets (Bounce) and the like under places where mice have roomed in the past during the winter in some things in the garage last year and it seamed to keep them away. Neighbor told me about it said they dont like them and seamed to work !! I am going to try it place some under the seats and other places and see if that keeps them off the LT.
 

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Mpls, MN here, I manage to ride all 12 months every year. Some years its only a day or 2 some months, but there are years ('86-87) I have ridden all but 1-2 weeks for the whole year.

In a car port keep her covered and the tender on or remove the battery and charge it every few weeks.

BUT if you want to ride when the opportunity is there I'd change the oil to synthetics for easier starting, also I use ACF-50, which is used in the aircraft industry to protect avionics and metal from corrosion (salty roads for us that are more firmly planted on the ground). I spray it on everything including the wiring, this stuff works great, I have turned several of my FL friends onto it because it protects from sea spray as well.

Another tip, when you finished any winter ride get into the habit of plugging in the tender before you put the cover back on you never know when that 12-20inch snowfall will hit.

My Harley Ultra has always been my winter bike for the last 10 years because of the protection but this year I may be riding the 12GS Adv all winter.

Check out http://www.yearroundriders.com/ for winter riding tips.

I can't remember where I got mine from (I bought a gal) but here is a linky to a source for ACF-50 http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/acf50.php

One last word - Gerbing

Dave
Dave,

I went to the Rounder's web site. Well, I was embarrassed--being from SO CA!

That aircraft anti-corrosion coating was great! Thank you.
 

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Dave,

I went to the Rounder's web site. Well, I was embarrassed--being from SO CA!

That aircraft anti-corrosion coating was great! Thank you.
Thanks for all the info guys--this was my first post after lurking awhile. It is my younger brother who gave the first reply about adding a ski... I'm especially interested in the corrosion spray... with all the advice I've received-I look forward to many winter rides, something I never attempted on other previous bikes... Tim
 

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I was out today - went to BMW, got 2 new Metzs installed and bought a battery tender. 32 degrees on the BC. Windshield up, long sleeve T, North Face jacket, BMW jacket, full face helmet, long johns, jeans, tennis shoes. Grips heat on high, seat heat on low. The only reason I couldn't stay out longer is the tops of my hands got too cold. May look into heated gloves (saw some Gerbings at dealership). Anyway, like I was saying, as long as there's no snow on the roads, I can always bundle up!

I did buy the tender though since I will probably go all week without starting it up. I barely got it to turn over today because it was sitting in a cold garage all last week.

BTW: by carport, do you mean garage? people from Wisc don't say carport ;)
 

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I was out today - went to BMW, got 2 new Metzs installed and bought a battery tender. 32 degrees on the BC. Windshield up, long sleeve T, North Face jacket, BMW jacket, full face helmet, long johns, jeans, tennis shoes. Grips heat on high, seat heat on low. The only reason I couldn't stay out longer is the tops of my hands got too cold. May look into heated gloves (saw some Gerbings at dealership). Anyway, like I was saying, as long as there's no snow on the roads, I can always bundle up!

I did buy the tender though since I will probably go all week without starting it up. I barely got it to turn over today because it was sitting in a cold garage all last week.

BTW: by carport, do you mean garage? people from Wisc don't say carport ;)
Ryan,

When it's 32 out, do you ever find some black ice on your roadway?

I commute between two loc's also. In the winter, it gets cold in Lancaster (high desert elevation/under 30 degrees); and I always think about hitting ice in the roadway!
 

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ummm, I rode a moped for 5 years and a 750cc Honda for 3 before getting this LT. rode the scooter year round (in snow, used feet as skis). never had any problem with hitting an ice patch I couldn't see coming on either bike.

I doubt I've had 100% pure luck the last 5 years of riding to not have encountered black ice. I guess if there were any chance of snow/ice/freezing water being on the roadways, I wouldn't go out. Could black ice form without precipitation? I'm no meteorologist.

That's why I was saying I will keep the bike available all winter as long as the roads stay in good shape for riding.

*edit* I just did some research and found that black ice CAN form from fog and other ways besides rain/snowfall. We do have an abundance of frost, dew, and fog in these parts, so I should be more aware of it when riding in below freezing temps. Again, I've never encountered any in my 5 years of riding, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't consider it. Thanks for the thought Jay.
 

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ummm, I rode a moped for 5 years and a 750cc Honda for 3 before getting this LT. rode the scooter year round (in snow, used feet as skis). never had any problem with hitting an ice patch I couldn't see coming on either bike.

I doubt I've had 100% pure luck the last 5 years of riding to not have encountered black ice. I guess if there were any chance of snow/ice/freezing water being on the roadways, I wouldn't go out. Could black ice form without precipitation? I'm no meteorologist.

That's why I was saying I will keep the bike available all winter as long as the roads stay in good shape for riding.

*edit* I just did some research and found that black ice CAN form from fog and other ways besides rain/snowfall. We do have an abundance of frost, dew, and fog in these parts, so I should be more aware of it when riding in below freezing temps. Again, I've never encountered any in my 5 years of riding, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't consider it. Thanks for the thought Jay.
I've heard from other bikers who ride at low temps that water run off from sprinklers and gutters is the most likely culprit.

Once, with air temps approx 30, a buddy went down in a driveway from ice. An examination of the scene revealed that vehicles had splashed water from the unfrozen gutter up onto the driveway. The water froze and the driveway became very slippery. Ouch!

BTW, a carport, at least in SO CA, is not fully enclosed--meaning you have a roof and maybe one wall.
 

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Yeah I looked carport up after I made that comment... feel a little sheepish for not knowing that :) In my defense, they are not practical in the midwest - probably because half the year demands more protection from cold. No one wants their interior the same temp as outside, brrrrrrr

Of course carports in Tex, Fl, and Cal are all fine and dandy because you all have perfect weather year round :p ... besides the extreme humidity, hurricanes, and earthquakes, respectively. Overnighted in Houston mid-summer once, walked outside, started sweating just standing around, and I'm a pretty healthy guy! I'll take my seasons and white Christmas :)
 
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