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Old 11-24-2013, 12:13 AM   #1
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Winter is coming...

, it's already here, just wanted to make the reference.

Any tips/tricks for maintaining your bike through weather like this? It's my first bike and only ride (and the last time I'll be on four wheels) so this particular event is new to me (didn't have to worry with a car) and i need to be fairly certain it'll be ok.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-24-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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, it's already here, just wanted to make the reference.

Any tips/tricks for maintaining your bike through weather like this? It's my first bike and only ride (and the last time I'll be on four wheels) so this particular event is new to me (didn't have to worry with a car) and i need to be fairly certain it'll be ok.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanx in advance.

texas winter is too short to do anything....if you are not going to ride your bike for more than 5 days, hook it up to a battery tender. And start up your bike once every 2 weeks if you dont plan on riding...
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Check tire pressure often, "winter" means you can see 30-80 in a few days. With small volume tires this can make a noticeable difference.
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:40 AM   #4
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Pay close attention to your tire pressures since the Texas weather can't make up its mind, 90 one day 40 the next. Some could make the argument that if it's your daily you may consider the viscosity of your oil. Riding everyday in cool weather and if you keep your bike outside overnight could merit changing the weight of your oil. I actually had a discussion today about the effects cold weather may have on a air cooled bike as opposed to a liquid cooled. Also faired and nonfaired bikes. I also give my bike a little bit longer to warm up. Being colder loosens up the machining tolerances in your engine and drivetrain. Not bike related but if you don't already have one I suggest buying a Balaclava. Makes all the difference in the world. These are just things I consider and my opinions on what to consider. Either way stay warm and ride safe.
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:40 AM   #5
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If you're not going to ride for extended periods, put your bike on stands. I believe I read on a thread somewhere that sitting in one spot isn't good for softer sportbike tires. At least move the bike.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:42 AM   #6
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Thanx again for all your help and advice. Yeah...there's one point here in the next couple of weeks that I know I won't be riding it for about 6-7 days, so I'll try and find a tender, and make sure the tire pressure's in check before I pull out.

Again, the help is much appreciated.
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:41 AM   #7
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For 6-7 days a battery tender is not required.... If you're that worried just start your bike up every few days and let it idle for a bit. The tire pressure comments are spot on.
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I wouldn't worry about charging or stands. It will be fine. Just start it every week and let it idle a bit. It's fine
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if I read your post right... the bike is now your only ride and you will be riding it almost daily... if that is the case just do your normal daily pre-ride check and you will be fine...
maybe ride a bit more defensively as in winter and bad weather folks in cages are not expecting to see bikes out on the road and they pay even less attention.
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:08 PM   #10
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Yesterday was the first time I cranked one in 2 weeks and the other in about a month. You don't have anything to worry about if its only going to be sitting for a week. Remember to check tire pressures before you ride though.
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The main problem you will have if you don't ride it for a few months is the gasoline in it. Even if you start it once a week, you are not going to use up the gas in the tank, so before you park it for an extended time, fill it up with treated gasoline, then ride it a some to have the fuel in the lines also be treated. After that, what they said.

I have a bike that currently doesn't get ridden. I start it and let it warm up to operating temperature once every two weeks or so. It has treated gas in it. No problems.
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tire pressure, tire pressure, tire pressure oh and i dunno maybe im more sensitive to the cold then others but some sort of long john type things for your legs and glove liners. just rode from 1960 area back into pearland. my legs are freezing
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Watch cornering on cold tires and leaves...you can slip out easily.
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