I done screwed up...


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DamienSteel
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I done screwed up...

Post by DamienSteel » Sun May 06, 2018 5:38 pm



Hey guys. Happy spring to you all!! I am a novice rider and i made a pretty big stupid. I’m a truck driver, and ran through the winter and forgot to winter store my 83 aspencade 1100. As in, she sat under a thousand feet of snow (i did have her up on the center stand...small victories) untarped...with a full gas tank and the cruddy oil from last riding season. I took the battery out while i was working on replacing a frayed wire last fall too. Now that i have thoroughly shamed my family name can anybody please give me some help on how NOT to make it worse when i go to start it for the first time?



Good Hondog
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Re: I done screwed up...

Post by Good Hondog » Sun May 06, 2018 6:04 pm

DamienSteel wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 5:38 pm
she sat under a thousand feet of snow (i did have her up on the center stand...small victories) untarped...with a full gas tank and the cruddy oil from last riding season.
OK, that's it Dude, YOU'RE BANNED FOREVER! :lol:

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Re: I done screwed up...

Post by DaveO430 » Sun May 06, 2018 6:31 pm

Make sure there is no water in the cylinders, melting snow can get in places you can't imagine. Pull the plugs out and crank it over with the kill switch off, if any water was in it put the front end down hill and drain the oil, might be best to go ahead and do that first before you even crank it over.

DamienSteel
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Re: I done screwed up...

Post by DamienSteel » Sun May 06, 2018 9:20 pm

I am ashamed and shall flagelate myself most feverishly. I apologize to all motorcycle gods for my horrible treatment of Sylvia (my bike’s name). I will change her oil. Would fuel stablizer be any good now or is that more a preventative thing?

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DenverWinger
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Re: I done screwed up...

Post by DenverWinger » Sun May 06, 2018 10:39 pm

If the fuel was reasonably fresh when you parked her it should be OK, 6 month old fuel will be just fine, 1 year old fuel won't really gunk anything up much, add a little SeaFoam to the fuel in there and fill her the rest of the way with fresh fuel and call it good. Two year old fuel can really start to mess thing up, though, and older than that things really get bad!
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Re: I done screwed up...

Post by Wilcoy02 » Sun May 06, 2018 10:44 pm

That is more a preventative thing.

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Re: I done screwed up...

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon May 07, 2018 7:00 am

You're not the first to do this, happens. Recommend taking your seat inside, take the skin off and let it dry - will pay in the long run. Try this Yamaha product in your fuel, I've been told it is a very god product:


Take the plugs out and make sure the cylinders are clear. Change the oil after you get the engine started and warmed up - will loosen any deposits. Should put away with fresh oil.

Take the brake calipers off and make sure the slide pin/pivot pin is free to move - if not you will notice the brakes may be dragging. This pin allows the caliper to float and self align. I also recommend doing this at two year intervals as a good maintenance practice.

While you are at it, take the rear off and lube up the prop shaft and wheel splines with a good moly lube product such as Loctite Moly Lube LB 8012:


Give it a god cleaning and get into the nooks and crannies.

Good luck. Cheers


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