Winterizing - how you store your bike?

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Seb
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Winterizing - how you store your bike?

Post by Seb » Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:30 pm

Hi All,

Winter is coming ....;-)

I was wondering how you store your bike during winter?
The Nuda is in storage place where I have is battery tender, but no heating , just concrete room...

My questions:
What about fuel ( full tank vs empty tank)?
Fuel stebilazor ?
Tyres ( low pressure, normal pressure)?
Paperboards under tyres?
Cover vs no cover ( water condensation under cover etc) ?
Cleaning and waxing plus some rust protection?
Bike on the stand ( suspension being offloaded ) ?

On youtube I found some videos:
http://youtu.be/G77BXjI5mcc

And bit more funny
http://youtu.be/md4P57Hkm7s

Any tips , must do's for the Nuda?
Anyway, want to hear you thoughts.

Cheers, Seb

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Re: Winterizing - how you store your bike?

Post by obmerb » Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:14 am

I live in Australia so we ride all year...


What about fuel ( full tank vs empty tank)?
> full tank

Fuel stebilazor ?
> yes

Tyres ( low pressure, normal pressure)?
> normal pressures, on front and rear stands so tyres are of the ground to avoid flat spots

Paperboards under tyres?
> ??

Cover vs no cover ( water condensation under cover etc) ?
> an old quilt or thick blanket will suffice

Cleaning and waxing plus some rust protection?
Bike on the stand ( suspension being offloaded ) ?
> good clean and some silicone spray here and there.

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Re: Winterizing - how you store your bike?

Post by SharkFinn » Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:34 am

Yes additive, yes cardboard under front wheel if on rear stand(and I slightly over-inflate), yes polish (dont need to shine it), silicone on cables, chain wax, cover yes, battery charger optimate 4 with can bus- connect via can bus port and done.

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Re: Winterizing - how you store your bike?

Post by Nudaah » Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:30 am

Personally I wouldn't worry about fuel, but you should keep a full tank.
I just give it a wash, wax etc and then wipe/spray all metal parts over with WD40, I just cover mine in an old bed sheet.
If there is a dry day which there will be just take it out and start her up for 10 mins...be ok if your only doing it the once or maybe twice.

You can over analyse this sort of thing, if you were doing it for 6 months to a year or longer then it would be completely different..

You could take panels off and give it a good clean which is what I did, oil change, plugs...leave it in bits for a day to take you time etc.....

Know in the trade as tinkering !

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Re: Winterizing - how you store your bike?

Post by spiney » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:12 am

obmerb wrote:I live in Australia so we ride all year...
I live in the UK so I ride all year :D

I get it cleaned professionally twice a year; see here: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1056&p=9041#p9041

Go here for the pictures in that thread as i moved them: http://s34.photobucket.com/user/spiney0 ... t=3&page=1
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Re: Winterizing - how you store your bike?

Post by Seb » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:52 am

Thanks guys for your replays,

I will probably go with as you suggest (with some common sense) :

1. Full tank
2. Fuel stabilizer
3. Good wash and then wax and maybe silicon spray on some parts + chain spraying
4. Cover (indeed inside old bed sheet would be best)
5. Maybe put some paperboards under the tyres

I am not sure about the seat ( it is vinyl, right)? Maybe will take it home ( all 3 of them ;-)) - do you know any good protection cream, spray?
Also not sure if is good to lift a bike a bit so sustention is not that loaded?

What about a battery tender? Are you pro or con?
In the first YouTube link I poster the guys was against it ( get battery home and charge it sometimes)… I am not sure

I have recently installed the Husky alarm and it was coded by the dealer, I would not like it to be decoded if I take the battery out…

I still have a 93 Transalp and this poor machine never got any special winter treatment from me ( maybe do it a bit this year - need to be fair..:-)) but Nuda is for keeps so want to make it as good as possible for a long run...

Cheers,
Seb

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Re: Winterizing - how you store your bike?

Post by Nudaah » Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:18 pm

I always use a battery optimiser....nothing wrong with them.

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