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Re: Winter Storage

Post by hap2 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:42 pm



No such thing as a stupid question. (However can u know unless u ask?)

However funny story re the drip dead German girls at the camp thing u were at.



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Re: Winter Storage

Post by Pam » Wed Nov 04, 2015 2:24 pm

hap2 wrote:Pam: Once I back the bike up onto the 2 X 6 (or even a 4 X 6 or two 2X 6's), do I just move the centerstand down using my left foot or how?
Just step down with your left foot and pull back and the bike will pop up onto the center stand. All the board is doing is getting the back of the bike up higher.

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Re: Winter Storage

Post by FM-USA » Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:30 am

I've used 1x4 under the rear tire never 2x4.
The 1x raises it up a fair amount, does the 2x come out from under the tire when up on the C'stand?

HINT:
For those who have not raised the bike on it's center stand and are VERY hesitant.
Place a few folded old blankets on the floor on the right side of the bike. IF it tips over that way, the blankets will soften its new resting position and that sides crash bars will suffer no scratches. Be sure that area is clear so other bike parts are not smudged.
. . . Lends new meaning to security blankets, AY!. ;)
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Re: Winter Storage

Post by Jorge Caneschi » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:57 am

WingAdmin wrote:
brettchallenger wrote:
The only exception is when I am parking on a gravel/dirt/grassy surface at which time I'll place a round metal junction box cover (attached to one of those casino wrist bands) under it and attach the other end to my clutch lever.

Why do you attach the junction box cover to the clutch cable via the elasticated band?
It reminds you that it's there, so you don't forget and accidentally ride away without it!
Ah !!! Now yes, I understand how it works .... :? :? :? :D :D :D :D :D

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Re: Winter Storage

Post by SilverEagleVTX » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:48 am

I'm wondering if I need to put it on the center stand at all?

Here in TX I have at least one good day to ride every month, many times more. This week we should have highs near 60 and sunshine. So I'll have plenty of chances to ride each bike several times this week. Even when it's real cold, I just put on my winter riding gear, and go. I've got a VTX as well, so now with also being the caretaker of the GW, I'll have plenty of riding opportunities. With the GW having heated seats and grips, those are luxuries I've never had on the VTX, so a little winter riding should be more enjoyable. Not that the VTX is not, but it doesn't have a center stand, and I take it out on at least a 5 mile ride every chance I get during the winter. Part of my ride is about 2 miles on the interstate, the rest is 40 mph on back roads. That is my minimum ride when I'm busy with lots of work.

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Re: Winter Storage

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:55 am

SilverEagleVTX wrote:I'm wondering if I need to put it on the center stand at all?

Here in TX I have at least one good day to ride every month, many times more. This week we should have highs near 60 and sunshine. So I'll have plenty of chances to ride each bike several times this week. Even when it's real cold, I just put on my winter riding gear, and go. I've got a VTX as well, so now with also being the caretaker of the GW, I'll have plenty of riding opportunities. With the GW having heated seats and grips, those are luxuries I've never had on the VTX, so a little winter riding should be more enjoyable. Not that the VTX is not, but it doesn't have a center stand, and I take it out on at least a 5 mile ride every chance I get during the winter. Part of my ride is about 2 miles on the interstate, the rest is 40 mph on back roads. That is my minimum ride when I'm busy with lots of work.
If that was the case here, I would never even bother winterizing my bike - just keep it on the Battery Tender to keep the batter topped up, and ride it whenever the weather permitted!

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Re: Winter Storage

Post by SilverEagleVTX » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:06 am

Yes, I keep both on battery Maintainer/desulfators. Even if I go to the store, I unplug the bike I'm taking, then plug it back in when I get home. My VTX is a 2006 with the same battery that came with the bike when it was new.

The GW is a 2007 bought used with 19,250 miles on it, now it's over 22,500. But I have a friend that has over 135,000 miles on his, so with proper care, I see many more miles of pleasure ahead.

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Re: Winter Storage

Post by EyesWideShut » Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:59 pm

I believe it has been mentioned here but just a reminder, make sure the bike is in neutral and/or hold the clutch lever in as the bike needs to roll back slightly.

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Re: Winter Storage

Post by hap2 » Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:20 pm

DUSTY BOOTS:
How ya doin'? Awhile ago, you suggest putting the rear tire on a 3/4" piece of plywood would make it lots easier lifting it onto the centerstand. I guess putting each tire on a piece of 3/4" plywood would not work properly right? It's just that I found a 28" long & 12' wide piece of plywood in the garage. I was gonna it in half, but thot I'd check with u first. I also found in the garage a 3/4 " piece of plywood about 12" wide, but 8' (101") long. Then I thot to ask you if I shud just ride the bike up onto that. Wanted to check with u about that as well.

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Re: Winter Storage

Post by FM-USA » Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:40 pm

I don't mean to step on toes but I tried that once.
Rear tire went off the edge of the 1x4 and it immediately dropped over. Very much like a road edge drop off.

IF I may suggest, what we did in the Yam-Shop we pulled the bike over onto its front wheel and side stand and with one foot slipped a 1/4 under the back wheel. I tried this with my Wing and it takes a bit of pulling on the H-bars and seat grab bar but can be done.


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