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Old 09-05-2009, 04:13 PM   #1
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Question Bike Storage

As the riding season begins to fade, I will begin to work a LOT to the point where I am only home a few days/month starting now until next year February/March. Any advice on what's the best way to store a bike in a garage for 3 weeks at a time before riding for a few days again?

I have a rear stand and a bike cover.
  • Is it advised to leave it on the kickstand or use the rear stand? I am guessing use the rear stand
  • Should I buy a front stand? Any advantages to using a f/r stand?
  • Any other things I should do for semi-term storage? BTW this is a non-carburated bike.

I know there are probably articles online about this but I'd rather get a local opinion. Thanks MH
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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These are good questions... Im curious of these answers.
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Flat spots can slowly form but a mile of riding will clean it up on most bikes these days.

Put stabil in the gas tank; I usually just start the bike for 20 minutes every other weekend. A battery tender will keep the battery up but it doesnt help keep oil on the cams and cylinderwalls. Prolonged sitting could cause more damage on startup.

Lube up your levers, kickstand; anything on the normal lubrication checklist... If you dont have easy access to air; over fill the tires so when you do go to ride later the air in your tires isnt too low. Clean and lube the chain.
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Change the oil before you leave to get any contaminants out of the system
Fill the tank and then add 3 ounces each of Stabil and Seafoam and let the bike run for a few minutes to get it through the system.
Plug in a Battery Tender.
If you have stands put the bike up on them.
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Storage is for wimps. The best riding season is now to May. Enjoy the cooler weather. geeessshhhhh there's no pleasin' some people.
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Storage is for wimps. The best riding season is now to May. Enjoy the cooler weather. geeessshhhhh there's no pleasin' some people.
Oh believe me I want to ride in the cold weather more than anything - Im from upstate NY But the reality is I will be away (as in other states and Canada) working for weeks at a time heavily between now and next spring, which includes all major holidays. Sucks but that just means that I will be riding everyday when I come home. I have been riding almost everyday since I bought the bike just to squeeze in as much as I can
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Change the oil before you leave to get any contaminants out of the system
Fill the tank and then add 3 ounces each of Stabil and Seafoam and let the bike run for a few minutes to get it through the system.
Plug in a Battery Tender.
If you have stands put the bike up on them.
I had a friend advise me to take the battery out of the bike and put it on a battery tender; he said a surge through the circuit could fry the electric system. Have yall ever had a problem leaving it in the bike?
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I'll rent it to you for 6 wks
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Hmmmmm........ Tell me what the rental is first. I'm pretty much sure the storage fees will be around $20/week higher!

Seriously, you're more than welcome to store it at my place (and you keep the key of course). I know I'm not real close to you, but I'd be more than happy to store it for you while you're gone. There are several other people on here that are offering the same thing.
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Hmmmmm........ Tell me what the rental is first. I'm pretty much sure the storage fees will be around $20/week higher!

Seriously, you're more than welcome to store it at my place (and you keep the key of course). I know I'm not real close to you, but I'd be more than happy to store it for you while you're gone. There are several other people on here that are offering the same thing.
Thanks for the offer but I'll keep it in my garage. I'm just wondering if there is any advice/suggestions for puting it away for a few weeks
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+1 on what cali and pat said!!!

plus i'd get a front stand if i were you
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also...on thursday, were you riding on 45 south around almeda mall at 10:15-30 ish? i think it was you i pulled up near you on a black r6?

there was a copper right behind you too... i waved

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Doesn't hurt to put a cover on it... helps keep the dust off. Mine sit for up to a month at a time and I haven't had any issues with them. I always keep a full tank with a little Seafoam in it. Full tank helps keep down on the condensation.

I don't have tenders on either one and haven't had an issue yet, BUT I make sure the batteries are in good shape and not 10 years old.

I like to wash and clean the bike before I park it for long term, lube the chain and other points as needed, check the tires and fluids. That way when I get home it is just check the air and fire it up.
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also...on thursday, were you riding on 45 south around almeda mall at 10:15-30 ish? i think it was you i pulled up near you on a black r6?

there was a copper right behind you too... i waved

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Yes! I was coming back from ASI...thanks for the heads up! Thats one thing I hate about bikes...I can't find cops. I've had a cop sneak up on me 3-4x now and luckily they never pulled me over..not sure why not. I tend to enjoy frequent 'bursts' of speeding on the freeway when it's clear and then I slow back down to reasonable speeds.

Thanks for the input, everyone Sounds like I should get front stands...
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