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Postby flash2002 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:48 am



When storing a 1800 gold wing for winter ( not heated ) is there anything special that should be done besides the normal winterrizing. I know it's a scary thought :shock: , but it's around the corner. We still have lots of day's for riding.



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Re: Hibernation

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:48 am

Don't know what you mean by normal winterization????
1. Stabil in a full fuel tank-Engine run long enough the stabil is completely through the fuel system.
2. Battery tender plugged in. (if storing in unheated area, I would remove the battery and store it, plugged in to a tender in an area that doesn't freeze.
3. If the storage area allows "critters" access, I put a few moth balls on the floor under the bike!

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Re: Hibernation

Postby mortiki » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:52 pm

tfdeputydawg wrote:Don't know what you mean by normal winterization????
1. Stabil in a full fuel tank-Engine run long enough the stabil is completely through the fuel system.
2. Battery tender plugged in. (if storing in unheated area, I would remove the battery and store it, plugged in to a tender in an area that doesn't freeze.
3. If the storage area allows "critters" access, I put a few moth balls on the floor under the bike!



I would add oil change if storing for over 3 months. and make sure coolant is 50/50.
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Re: Hibernation

Postby vinlugg » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:37 pm

Also.......cover the exhaust pipe ends with several layers of plastic wrap to eliminate critters entry into the exhaust system. Write yourself a note and leave it on the dash to remind yourself to remove the wrap in the spring, you don't want that plastic wrap melting on to the pipes. I've done this every year the past ten years and have never had an issue with anything getting into the pipes. I fill my tank to the very top....AFTER....adding the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer and run the bike until the radiator fan runs several times. Some people empty the tank and spray certain compounds in it. I've never had an issue in the spring with any of my bikes doing the things I've described. I don't worry to much about oil change if I've done mine within a 1000 miles of putting the bike up. I make sure the bike is off the concrete floor. I've been told the concrete can damage a tire if left sitting on it for an extended period of time. I also reduce tire pressure to about 20lbs. Almost forgot....I always put the battery on a tender.
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Re: Hibernation

Postby Red Ron » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:41 pm

vinlugg wrote:Also.......cover the exhaust pipe ends with several layers of plastic wrap to eliminate critters entry into the exhaust system. Write yourself a note and leave it on the dash to remind yourself to remove the wrap in the spring, you don't want that plastic wrap melting on to the pipes. I've done this every year the past ten years and have never had an issue with anything getting into the pipes. I fill my tank to the very top....AFTER....adding the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer and run the bike until the radiator fan runs several times. Some people empty the tank and spray certain compounds in it. I've never had an issue in the spring with any of my bikes doing the things I've described. I don't worry to much about oil change if I've done mine within a 1000 miles of putting the bike up. I make sure the bike is off the concrete floor. I've been told the concrete can damage a tire if left sitting on it for an extended period of time. I also reduce tire pressure to about 20lbs. Almost forgot....I always put the battery on a tender.


good advice, wondering about deflating the tires. Do you do this to reduce dry rot and/or cracking?

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Re: Hibernation

Postby themainviking » Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:08 pm

Red Ron wrote: wondering about deflating the tires. Do you do this to reduce dry rot and/or cracking?


I don't store my motorcycle on concrete, so I have never worried about this. My bike's home has a wood floor with rubber matting. I don't know if it is a wives tale about tires going bad on concrete, or if it is true, but just put a board or a sheet of plywood under it if it is true. Cold weather such as we get here, lowers the pressure in the tires anyway.
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Re: Hibernation

Postby vinlugg » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:52 pm

Red Ron.....yes I've been told and have read in articles that rubber tires sitting on concrete for an extended amount of time can damage them. Since we have a center stand it makes it easy to do this and yes reducing the inflation is supposed to help with tire life. just what I've read from experts. Not my idea.


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