WINTER STORAGE


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WINTER STORAGE

Postby hap2 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:40 pm



If I can't put the 1500 up on it's centerstand, is it better or not to just drain the air from the tires? Also maybe spray tires with rubber protectant.

Also, should I drain the air from the rear shocks as well? I would do this to prevent the air from freezing. (if that's possible)

Battery out & gas tank full with stabilizer.

Cover bike up with a breathable sheet.

Put mothballs or fabric sheets in exhaust pipes & elsewhere.

Remove battery.

What else?

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby seabee_ » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:02 am

Try putting 2 pieces of 3/4 in plywood on the floor and roll the front and back tires up on them. The extra 3/4 inches will help to get it up on the center stand. Hopefully this will help.
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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:43 am

Why would you not be able to put the bike on the center stand? If it's a strength thing, maybe a friend could help.
Anyway HD's do not have center stands, nor several other bikes I've owned. Those were parked on my garage floor on their side stands, with no ill effects!
Tires should be checked for proper air pressure. Nothing else is needed.
Depending on where your storage is:
There is no need to remove the battery, unless the bike will see below freezing temps.
Whether you remove the battery or not, plug it into a Battery Maintainer(such as a Battery Tender).
I see no need to let the air out of the shocks. Air does not freeze!
Stabil in a almost empty tank, then fill w/gas, ride it for at least 5 miles and then park it!

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby redial » Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:16 am

Or you could just come South, and not have the worry of putting your lovely GW into winter storage and ride the months away.
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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby brettchallenger » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:54 am

redial wrote:Or you could just come South, and not have the worry of putting your lovely GW into winter storage and ride the months away.

Oh don't rub it in Len. Just looked up Kapunda on Wikipedia, it looks perfect - you lucky man.
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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby riffraff » Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:21 am

The only other thing I would add is go to Home Depot or Lowes and get a pair of rubber caps with clamps to fit over the ends of your exhaust to prevent moisture from getting to the cylinders past open valves. :mrgreen:

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby bjatwood » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:18 am

I seriously thought about mothballing the Wing last week. Glad I didn't :D rode it to work this AM 42 degree's, with a afternoon high of 60 and Sunny in Omaha. Got my ride on!
Sorry guys that can't ride :roll:

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby riffraff » Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:12 pm

hap 2; This is for you! Here's a pic of the caps I use on the exhaust!
Hope it does the trick! :D

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:33 pm

riffraff wrote:
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hap 2; This is for you! Here's a pic of the caps I use on the exhaust!
Hope it does the trick! :D


That's pretty heavy-duty. You could probably get the same result with some plastic bags and rubber bands. Remember to remove them in the spring before starting up!

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby riffraff » Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:45 pm

They are heavy duty. They're easier to put on and take off than plastic bags and rubber bands, and I know they'll stay on during bad weather that we can get with new england winters. Plastic bags don't hold up. I've tried in the past! :?

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:48 pm

riffraff wrote:They are heavy duty. They're easier to put on and take off than plastic bags and rubber bands, and I know they'll stay on during bad weather that we can get with new england winters. Plastic bags don't hold up. I've tried in the past! :?


Ah, right, I wasn't thinking of outdoor storage. Yes, for that I'd definitely look at something like you suggest.

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby WA9FWT » Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:21 pm

The only other thing I suggest to store for the winter months is putting a large rug under the whole bike area.It keeps the moisture
away from the bike.Thats if you have it on cement.

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby SteveB123 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:19 am

WA9FWT wrote:The only other thing I suggest to store for the winter months is putting a large rug under the whole bike area.It keeps the moisture
away from the bike.Thats if you have it on cement.

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Wouldn't moisture travelling to the bike get to it throught the air?
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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby riffraff » Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:50 am

I would think putting the bike on a rug would be like parking a car on the grass. As the moisture in the rug evaporates, it would migrate up to the underside of the bike and attack any vulnerable metals. Ever see the underside of a car parked on a lawn for a while? The exhaust, brakelines, and fuel lines are shot. Since the swing arm and removable sub frame section are already known weak spots, on the 11&1200's, I'ld avoid the rug. Just my opinion. :mrgreen:

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby WA9FWT » Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:52 am

riffraff wrote:I would think putting the bike on a rug would be like parking a car on the grass. As the moisture in the rug evaporates, it would migrate up to the underside of the bike and attack any vulnerable metals. Ever see the underside of a car parked on a lawn for a while? The exhaust, brakelines, and fuel lines are shot. Since the swing arm and removable sub frame section are already known weak spots, on the 11&1200's, I'ld avoid the rug. Just my opinion. :mrgreen:

Good point about the grass parking, but there is not that exchange of temperatures from cement to the rug as I see it. If I would go out side in the morning and kneel on the grass which is full of dew (moisture ) I would have wet jeans. I work all summer and at times in the garage on my hands and knees on that rug,and have never experienced wet pants. I feel the moisture stays under that rug.

I can tell you,I love my rug, :D since I lay along side the bike inspecting the under carriage many a night.

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Re: WINTER STORAGE

Postby SteveB123 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:18 am

WA9FWT wrote:
riffraff wrote:If I would go out side in the morning and kneel on the grass which is full of dew (moisture ) I would have wet jeans. I work all summer and at times in the garage on my hands and knees on that rug,and have never experienced wet pants. I feel the moisture stays under that rug.


The only part being protected, as you state, by the rug, is the parts of either you or the bike touching the rug. The centre stand, or your knees. Carpet is not a vapour barrier. It is not warmer, nor dryer, than the surrounding air. It has less heat conductivity, so you feel warmer. In my garage, I use cardboard for the same purpose.

If you kneel on your concrete floor in the morning, do your knees get wet? I hope not, or you've got some seriously high water table issues. :shock:

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