1. Add a fuel stabilizer, such as Stabil, to the gas tank, following
the directions on the bottle to ensure youíre adding the correct amount.
Fill your gas tank all the way up. Start your bike and let it run for
about 10-15 minutes, to get the stabilized fuel throughout the system
and into your carbs or fuel injection system. You can run this gas in
the Spring. I have been doing this for many years and have never had
a problem. Itís much easier than draining the tank. If your bike is carbureted,
you should drain the carbs. I didnít usually drain the carbs when I had
carbureted bikes, the Stabil seemed to do its job. If your bike is stored
for over 6 months, go ahead and drain them.
2. Change your oil and filter. Never store a bike with dirty oil, as
it contains acidic breakdown products that can eat away at your engine
over time. If your bike is stored less than 6 months, itís ok to use
this oil in the spring. If itís been longer than 6 months, change it
again in the spring, as condensation could have formed.
3. Clean your chain (WD40 works well) and give it a coat of chain lube.
4. Give your bike a good cleaning and waxing.
5. Remove your battery and bring it indoors. Make sure (if itís a battery
thatís not maintenance free) the cells are filled with distilled water.
Keep it charged. A Battery Tender can be hooked up and itíll take care
of it for you. Or, once a month, charge it overnight with a 1-amp trickle
charger. Starting the bike periodically to charge the battery is a bad
idea. First of all, it wonít fully charge the battery; the bike needs
to be ridden at sufficient rpms to accomplish that. Also, since it wonít
be running long enough to be at operating temperature, so condensation
will build up, and the bike wonít get hot enough to dissipate it. Water
in your engineÖ.bad!
6. Cover the end of the exhaust pipe with foil or something to keep out
dirt and/or rodents. If your air-box is open, cover that, too.
7. Throw an old sheet or some other breathable cover over it. Donít use
plasticÖitís that condensation thing again.
1. Remove the spark plugs. Add about a teaspoon of fogging oil to each
cylinder. Turn the bikeís engine over (not starting it) to coat the cylinder
walls with oil. I donít do this, as itís nearly impossible to get to
the spark plugs on my bike. It would take hours and lots of cursing.
A trusted mechanic told me not to worry about it unless the bike was
to be stored for more than 6 months.
2. Get the wheels off the ground. If you have a center-stand, put it
up on it. Again, I donít do this; I have no center-stand. I park the
bike on some cardboard to at least provide some insulation. Make sure
your tires are properly inflated. If your tires need replacing, wait
until spring. Cold winters arenít all that great on tires.
3. Go to the motorcycle show in January. Read motorcycle books and
magazines. Dream about spring!