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Old 12-24-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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Bike storage Q's (Charger, Carb, Oil,)

Hey guys a few quick questions about storing the bike:

I dont care to leave the bikes battery on a trickle charger for months at a time is it "OK" to say, trickle charge the bikes battery once a month? Does this do any harm if the battery, say, consistently loses charge and is then trickle charged not ridden then discharges again (and recharges?) over the course of 3-4+ months?

Also, if I do not wish to drain the carb, is it sufficient to put some stabilizer in the fuel then dispurse it thru the bike and turn the petcock off causing the bike to stall? (Does this help any? Is it anywhere near as effective as draining?)

And lastly, to save myself a spring oil change and to still rid myself of the used acidic oil in the crank, can I simply drain the bike and store it vs. draining + refill then re-drain in spring? Would this be too harsh on the motor to have all the oil drained out and any residual flow to the bottom of the crank leaving no lube in the heads come the 1st start in spring?

Just wondering if anyone can give me their two cents worth on a few subjects
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:51 AM   #2
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Don't store it. Just keep riding.

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I see no reason to drain the oil. That will do more harm than good. If you have carbs you can close the fuel valve and run till it dies. That will empty the carb bowl. Newer smart maintainers will switch on and off to properly maintain a battery. Fuel additives would be a good idea either way
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:06 PM   #4
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What bluewave said - you're right to be leery of the old school, simplistic battery tenders which simply trickle charged constantly - that'll kill a battery.




Do some research on CTEK - they're the provider of all the top car brands' OEM trickle chargers (Bugati, Ferrari, Aston Martin, etc etc etc). All those fancy cars that get run a handful of miles/year and spend the rest of their time on the trickler charger.
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This video really doesn't get into the details of how the charger does its work, but does rattle off all the car companies which use it. Friend of mine w. a 360 Challenge Stradale always kept his car on a CTEK, and the dealer couldn't believe he was still on a healthy OEM battery after five years - said the OEM battery always needs replacement after two years on those cars.

Edit: here's a little more detail about how this charger works: http://smartercharger.com/smarter-process/

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Old 12-24-2014, 12:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link. Made me go ahead and get one for the mustang lol
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:51 PM   #7
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I'm a big fan of Battery Tender brand. I have 3 battery tender Jr's that are always plugged in when I'm not riding.
They come with a little pigtail plug that attaches under the battery terminals and then you can let it hang out somewhere inconspicuous but still convenient. Whenever you park the bike, plug in and forget about it.
My last bike had a battery that lasted more than 5 years. That's pretty uncommon.

As for the rest, don't drain the oil until you do an oil change.
Drain the float bowls or run them dry.
Add gas additives to the tank, even better drain the tank, pour some oil in it and roll it around until all the inside is coated.
When you're ready to run the bike, add gas and it will dilute the oil and it will run fine. Just don't use too much or drain out the excess.
If you have bike stands, put it on them and your tires will be happy.
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Seems easier to fog the tank with a corrosion inhibitor IF you really felt you had to. I wouldn't
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How long are you actually going to store the bike?
Draining everything for a month or two doesn't really seem worth it to me.
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Old 12-24-2014, 02:08 PM   #10
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How long are you actually going to store the bike?
Draining everything for a month or two doesn't really seem worth it to me.
This. It doesn't stay cold for long here.

Throw some stabilizer in the gas, run it for a bit, turn it off, and throw it on a battery tender.
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Thanks, now that you put it into perspective a drain is probably overkill but the rest is great info i really appreciate it
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This. It doesn't stay cold for long here.

Throw some stabilizer in the gas, run it for a bit, turn it off, and throw it on a battery tender.
This is what I do.. Starting in December I Make sure to add Marine Stabil every time before I go get gas. This way I don't have to worry. And it sits on a tender when not riding for more than a day or two..

Mine has been sitting for two weeks right now. I have to fix a small coolant leak before it gets taken back out.
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Drain the carbs with the float bowl drain screws. Not that hard on an SV I think. That is cheap easy insurance against fuel issues. Plus, use Sta Bil in the gas, always, cause it will help against ethanol flashing in the carbs when the bike isn't ridden for a couple of days.
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Hey guys a few quick questions about storing the bike:

I dont care to leave the bikes battery on a trickle charger for months at a time is it "OK" to say, trickle charge the bikes battery once a month? Does this do any harm if the battery, say, consistently loses charge and is then trickle charged not ridden then discharges again (and recharges?) over the course of 3-4+ months?

Also, if I do not wish to drain the carb, is it sufficient to put some stabilizer in the fuel then dispurse it thru the bike and turn the petcock off causing the bike to stall? (Does this help any? Is it anywhere near as effective as draining?)

And lastly, to save myself a spring oil change and to still rid myself of the used acidic oil in the crank, can I simply drain the bike and store it vs. draining + refill then re-drain in spring? Would this be too harsh on the motor to have all the oil drained out and any residual flow to the bottom of the crank leaving no lube in the heads come the 1st start in spring?

Just wondering if anyone can give me their two cents worth on a few subjects
let me get this straight.....

Yer smart enough to think acid forms in oil that will set for a short while, but not smart enough to know that this area has 7.36 days of Winter.....gotcha.

Just checking
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