Side Stand vs Center Stand


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Side Stand vs Center Stand

Postby nitefuzz » Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:45 am



Hello everyone, getting ready to put the wing away for the winter (sad day), have a stupid question, does the wing really have to be placed on its center stand for the winter storage. Was wondering if sitting it on its side stand drains fluids to one side and by doing that is there any seals that would dry out and cause a problem. It will probably sit from now (first of November till the first part of April). Any comments or advice would be great. I am storing the Wing in my shed (mouse proof) and to be able to get everything in there for the winter I am not able to put it on the center stand due to a built in shelf that won’t allow it to be placed up on the center stand.

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Re: Side Stand vs Center Stand

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:17 am

Center stand for sure..drain carbs..remove and/or trickle charge the battery..full gas tank with stabilizer added..there are several winter put-ups threads that cover lots more stuff..
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Re: Side Stand vs Center Stand

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:58 am

It's best (for the tires) to be on the center stand - and if you can, put a block of wood under the engine to take weight off the front tire. This keeps the tires from developing flat spots. If you can't, try to get out and rotate the tires from time to time to keep them from sitting in the same place all winter. Also, make sure the air pressure is topped up before putting the bike away, and if at all possible, check and top up the pressure during the winter.

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Re: Side Stand vs Center Stand

Postby Mh434 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:09 pm

All of the above. One other thing that I do is to start the bike every few weeks during the winter, and warm it up completely, blipping the throttle a little on occasion. My thinking is that this keeps all the seals lubricated (and helps to avoid shrinking), carbs clear, battery cycled, coolant circulated fully, etc.

I've been doing this fairly conscientiously for several decades, and in the spring when it's time to go riding, it's like I just parked the bike yesterday. On the one occasion when I neglected to do this, well, I regretted it!

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Re: Side Stand vs Center Stand

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:37 pm

Mh434 wrote:All of the above. One other thing that I do is to start the bike every few weeks during the winter, and warm it up completely, blipping the throttle a little on occasion. My thinking is that this keeps all the seals lubricated (and helps to avoid shrinking), carbs clear, battery cycled, coolant circulated fully, etc.


The other thing this does is fill your exhausts with acidic moisture (byproduct of combustion), causing them to rot (rust) from the insides out. This is why the last ride before you put your bike away should be a long one, so that everything gets VERY hot, and any moisture in the exhaust system evaporates.

You're better off setting the bike up for winter, and leaving it there until spring. Seals will not dry out over winter, and fuel will evaporate out of the carbs. The battery will be healthier if it is left on a battery tender instead of "cycling" it, and the coolant (or the cooling system) doesn't benefit from circulating.

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Re: Side Stand vs Center Stand

Postby nitefuzz » Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:55 am

Thanks for the info everyone,.......... guess I'll have to re-arrange my storage area to get it on its center stand. Ride season for me is deffinately over, the weather giuys are calling for snow here in northern Indiana with temps in the low 40's and high 30's, looks like winter is showing its ugly face early this year.




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