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How to properly Winterize your bike.

Old 12-20-2008, 03:23 AM
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Default How to properly Winterize your bike.

ok I've been seeing quite a few post about how to properly winterize your bike,to store it for the winter and what to do ect. So here are a few tips that will help you with winterizing your bike.If anyone else have any other tips,Please feel free to share with me.And if anyone has any questions Just ask and im sure a cbrf member will answer them.Sorry if there was already a writeup about this But i was unable to find one myself before this post.

First Washing your bike!
Give your bike a thorough cleaning. A gentle wash detergent and water will suffice. By removing road grime and insects you will protect the finish of the bike. Avoid spraying water directly into the opening of the muffler. If baffles get wet and are not dried prior storage, internal rust could result. Likewise avoid moisture in the air cleaner housing. If the housing becomes saturated, it could act as a choke, making cycle difficult to start. Dry completely with a good chamois. Clean and polish all aluminum and stainless surfaces with the appropriate metal polish. Finally finish up with a coat of good wax polish on all painted and chrome surfaces. Clean the chain. Spray off all the built up residues with WD40. Lube the chain.

Next stablizing your fuel.(Very imporant step)
Add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. Fill your tank with gas as full as it can go. This is very important. As fuel ages, more volatile components tend to change, leaving sludge and gummy substances that can affect the carburetor. Run the bike so the gas and fuel stabilizer get to the carburetor and fuel injectors.then turn of the fuel and run it dry

Carbuerated bikes only
If you have a carburetor, drain your float bowls. Shut off the gas petcock and drain the gas from the carburetor bowls. Consult your manual for location of drain screws. Of course if you have a fuel-injected bike, there isn’t anything to drain.

Oil maintaince
Once the engine is warm, you can change the oil and filter. Oil chemistry changes over periods of extended storage. Old oil can develop acidic qualities, which can corrode engine parts.

Fork Maintaince(Not recommended)
Using an oil-squirting device, put oil over the stationary tubes on the front forks. Get on the bike, hold the front brake and bounce the bike up and down to work the front suspension. This will keep the rubber seals from drying out and protect the exposed fork tubes.

Motor/cylinder maintaince.Not reccommended/Experiance people only!
Remove spark plug wires, and carefully with a spark plug wrench remove the plugs. With your oil-squirting device, get some motor oil in the cylinders. Approximately one teaspoon of oil will work well. Tuck the plug wires away somewhere safe so they do not arc, then spin the motor with the starter for a few revolutions to get the oil spread around. Remember to keep your face away from the spark plug holes. Oil will squirt out! Clean and gap the plugs and put them back in. Replace plug wires.

Battery Maintaince!
You may want to remove the battery. Some batteries may require charging every four weeks with a “Battery Tender” type of charger. Built up sulfates on the plates can ruin a battery during cold storage and inactivity. A thin coat of Vaseline to the terminals on the battery can prevent corrosion. This small step will mean an easier spring start up and no extra cost of battery replacement.

Cooling system maintaince
If your bike has a liquid cooling system, check it’s level of anti-freeze with a hygrometer. Drain, flush and replace antifreeze if necessary. We suggest this replacement be done every two years. Do not leave the antifreeze level low or empty, this could lead to rust or corrosion of the cooling system. Check all other fluid levels at this time.

Lube your cables. Lube suspension and pivot points. Lube the drive shaft (if you have one). Check the air cleaner and the fuel filter. Look at brake pads. Give your bike a good once over.

Got leather?
Clean and treat all leather with a high quality dressing.

Proper storage
If your storage location is bare concrete, we suggest using a piece of plywood, MDF, or old thick carpet. This will insulate the bike from becoming damp. We also suggest storing your bike with all the weight removed from the wheels. A bike stand or some blocking works if you have a wheeled lift. A center stand and some blocking will work too. Do not store your bike near any ozone emitting devices, such as motors, freezers, furnaces or electric heaters. The gasses created by the above will deteriorate rubber parts.

One last rub down!
With a clean cloth, wipe good quality light machine oil over all the metal surfaces, except the disc brakes. Spray a little WD40 in the tail pipe(s). Cover your tail pipe opening and the air intake with plastic wrap and a rubber band. You can also cover drain hoses as well. This will prevent any opportunistic pests from making a cozy winter home in your bike.

Also Very inportant final thing to remember while in storage

Do not run the engine for short periods of time over the storage period, this can lead to condensation due to engine and combustion byproducts in the oil.

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Old 12-25-2008, 03:19 AM
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Default RE: How to properly Winterize your bike.

How about giving your bike a hug every once in a while? j/k Nice write up ~ 94cbr600kid
Old 12-25-2008, 04:40 AM
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yea i just talk to it at night before bed tell "her" everything will be alright april will come around soon..Also for any newb riders.if you pee in your exhaust pipe it keeps the packing in the exhaust fresh..Try it
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bump bumpity bump for a good post...
Old 09-26-2009, 07:35 PM
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Great post BUMP
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What do you lube your cables with?
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