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Old 12-14-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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In most parts of the country, it's time for motorcyclists to garage their bikes for the long winter months. But before you put your machine into storage, enjoy a few last rides then show it some love. Winterize itódetail and polish the entire bike, clean and lube the chain, prep the gas tank, drain and change the fluids, charge the battery, protect the battery terminals and exhaust pipes, fill the tires, place it on front and rear stands or a center stand, and cover it with a motorcycle cover.
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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I'll be riding daily through this "winter", like last year, so I winterized my gear selection instead
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:30 PM   #3
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Winter? isn't it like in the 70's all this week and next week?
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Winter? isn't it like in the 70's all this week and next week?
Don't you know it's almost Christmas?
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Great information.


if we actually had a winter
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In most parts of the country, it's time for motorcyclists to garage their bikes for the long winter months. But before you put your machine into storage, enjoy a few last rides then show it some love. Winterize itódetail and polish the entire bike, clean and lube the chain, prep the gas tank, drain and change the fluids, charge the battery, protect the battery terminals and exhaust pipes, fill the tires, place it on front and rear stands or a center stand, and cover it with a motorcycle cover.
'prep gas tank' = top the tank?
'fill the tires' = I thought only if bike is not on a stand?


This winterizing thing is foreign to me.
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'prep gas tank' = top the tank?
'fill the tires' = I thought only if bike is not on a stand?


This winterizing thing is foreign to me.
Prep tank = use something like STA-BIL.

Tires should be inflated to recommended pressure no matter if the bike is on a stand or not.
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We are in winter right now! 72 degrees outside and my home air conditioner is running in low speed
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Prep tank = use something like STA-BIL.
Oh yeah, I knew that.

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Tires should be inflated to recommended pressure no matter if the bike is on a stand or not.
Oops, time for a tire change. Oh well, I need new ones anyway.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:33 PM   #14
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We are in winter right now! 72 degrees outside and my home air conditioner is running in low speed
U guys hit 30's a couple of times while I was there, it ain't all 70's
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I usually stop riding from the first week of Dec to the first week of March, never felt the need to winterize my bikes, all i do is warm up the bike once a week and thats it, i do keep a battery tender connected to the ducati, for some reason the battery goes dead quicker than any other bikes i have had so far, i also replace front/rear tires when i start riding again.
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Great information Colonel, thanks for the write-up



This is how you prepare for a real winter,
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We are in winter right now! 72 degrees outside and my home air conditioner is running in low speed
You're running AC? :-)

Keep air pressures right, keep the tank topped off...and a pot of coffee or hot chocolate handy at the end of the ride.
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