Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Brookfield, MA
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Coming Up On Winter Storage Time!
It's almost that most-hated time of the year here in New England - Winter Storage Time!
I've got my oil change kit & GN4, battery tender and track stands at the ready. This year I'll be storing my bike with the tank full of ethanol-free gas instead of treating it as I have for all of the past seasons since I purchased my 2011 CBR250R new.
Those of us who regularly observe this sad ritual every fall are well versed in the basics. Oil change with fresh oil, gas tank topped off with treated or ethanol-free gas, freshly-lubed chain, up on track stands if you've got 'em to prevent flat spots on the tires and removing or hooking up the battery to a reliable battery tender for the duration of winter.
Added to that are all the small "common sense" things that experience tells you are helpful, like a final wash & wax, a spritz of WD-40 on any exposed bolts and surfaces prone to corrosion and (in my case anyway) eliminating the possibility of pest invasion by throwing a packet or two of "Mouse Proof" mint-scented repellent under the seats and setting a few snap traps around the storage shed.
For 5 seasons now these preparations have rewarded me with a bike that starts on the first crank and is ready to ride when spring eventually arrives, but I always feel like there is more I could be doing to help protect my investment for the interminably long 4 or 5 months my bike sits in suspended animation while the snowflakes fall.
If anyone has further any suggestions or good ideas that have worked for them in the past I'd love to hear them. One thing I'm still unclear on (and have discussed with MotoMike in past seasons) is the advisability of blocking off the exhaust pipe outlet with a plastic bag to (supposedly) prevent condensation build-up and rust on the inside of the pipe. I've always heard that it's a good idea, but Mike seems to think that the constant temperature changes in a closed exhaust may actually PROMOTE condensation.
What's your personal experience with these "accepted" practices? And do you do anything differently or in addition to these age-old storage methods that you've found to work?