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how towinterize my 1100 custom for winter

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  1. 178CuzdomSdar409
    # i need to do anything special to store my bike up for the winter. i need to disconnect my battery plug cables,and do i need to keep the my bike battery charged the entire winter with a bike battery charger...what else do i need to do to make sure my bike is ready for the spring... danke

  2. cptallaz

    There seems to be two schools of thought on winterizing in regard to fuel and carbs. What I've always had great luck with is filling the tank, adding Sta-bil, changing the oil, riding it around the block (up to normal operating temp) and parking it.

    Some guys believe that emptying the tank and carb bowls is best, but I don't understand how that could be better.

    Others go as far as 'oil fogging' the cylinders via the spark plug holes. I've never done it and haven't had any ill effects from not doing it.

    From there, check the battery water and hook up a battery tender. Getting the bike up off the tires can prevent flat spots. A light-duty cover can keep the dust off.

    If you have an insect issue, you might want to tape off the mufflers to keep them out.

    I've done the above for bikes, snowblowers and mowers and they have always fired right up for me in the spring.

  3. 178CuzdomSdar409

    ...thanks for those winterizing pointers cptallaz...especially about keeping the fuel tank full and STA BIL it...since i don't have an electric outlet in my shed,should i pull the battery out of the bike and bring it in the house to keep it charged...over2u CB.

  4. cptallaz

    That's a perfect idea. Extreme cold and extreme heat are a battery's enemies. Sitting in the house with a tender hooked up is true love for a battery.

  5. fromohiouza

    Also keep in mind, tended batteries do give off toxic fumes. If you're taking it into the house make sure it is in the basement or somewhere people aren't. I think you're supposed to let some air out of the tires too. I don't remember what that does but I have it on my tick sheet of things to do.

    As a further question. What if I leave the battery in the bike and start it up occasionally? Do I have to drive it or is leaving it in the driveway running until warm sufficient to keep the battery life up. I don't believe we have alternators so I'm not sure where it is necessary to drive it for a length of time but are there guidelines on this?

  6. cptallaz

    I'm thinking you may have mis-understood the tire pressure adjustment when you made your tick sheet. Deflating tires will only serve to increase the size of the flat spot. Some people increase the pressure to prevent flat spots, I just prefer to get the bike off the tires than to overinflate them.

    We don't have traditional alternators, but the generator works the same way. You just need to make sure that you run the bike long enough to offset the drain you incurred by starting it, and also to get the engine up to normal operating temperature for 10-15 minutes to prevent fuel dilution and condensation in the oil. This is the hassle that a battery tender can save you from.

  7. 178CuzdomSdar409

    cptallaz suggested to keep the bike's tires off the ground when winterizing your motor-bike;this sounds like a terrific idea BUT what does one do when your bike is a custom 1100 vstar and does not come with a center kickstand (the customs are the lowest frames in the star line-up,and only come with the side-stand) so how does one elevate the bike to keep it off the tires to prevent flat spots during the winterization period; there a trick that you can share to simulate a center kick-stand...over2u guys

  8. cptallaz

    I guess I should've qualified my statement by saying that if it's possible, get it off the tires. I've never had a bike without a centerstand, so aside of just lifting it with a bike jack and leaving it, I have no suggestion. Your other option is to overinflate the tires by 10 lbs or so and park it normally. Might not hurt to roll it to a different spot on the tires occasionally.

    I just know that flat spots are not fun. I bought an S10 pickup that sat in storage for a year untouched, and it took a week of highway driving to get the flat spots out of the tires. If the owner had over-inflated them, they might not have flatspotted at all.

  9. A1zbordztat

    I store my bike in the garage in the winter, so it is cold. I fill the tank. Don't empty it! Fill it, make sure you have stabilizer mixed in, shut off the drain valve, run it till the carbs run dry. You want to keep any condensation from forming in the tank, so you want to minimize the air space. The best way to do this is to fill the tank. The stabilizer will keep the gas fresh. Running the carbs dry will keep the gas from evaporating out of the carbs and gunking them up.

    I pull my battery and bring it out of the cold and leave it hooked up to a Battery Tender all winter. This keeps it ready to go when I'm ready to go.

    I do tend to move the bike a little every couple of weeks to keep the tires round. Don't know how much this really affects anything, but it works for me.

    I am sure there are other approaches, but this has always worked for me and I have not seen anything in writing that really disputes any of it.

  10. wzdarpiger54

    A1, do you run it out of gas then, by keeping the gas off and letting it run dry? My plan was to keep the tank filled, and run the bike around the block = weather permitting all winter. But now I found out a deal(HD) charges $200 to keep it in heated storage, pull the battery. Where do I buy the stabilizer, is this the same stuff to use in cars? Thanks

  11. quicgmicg

    Winterize your bike? Yikes... besides crying.... those are all great suggestions. Fuel stabilizer can be purchased at any good auto parts store. It's the same for all vehicles, just make sure to follow the directions to get in the correct amount.

    man, I'm glad I moved to Arizona... winter = those two days that it dropped below 60..... bRRrrRrrr.....

  12. A1zbordztat

    A1, do you run it out of gas then, by keeping the gas off and letting it run dry? My plan was to keep the tank filled, and run the bike around the block = weather permitting all winter. But now I found out a deal(HD) charges $200 to keep it in heated storage, pull the battery. Where do I buy the stabilizer, is this the same stuff to use in cars? Thanks
    Yeah, but I don't run it around the block, I just let it run in the garage (with the door open). It runs dry in about 10 minutes.

  13. bazdorrop1

    I top off the gas tank and dump in some Marvel Mystery Oil. It will help keep the fuel from going stale. It also helps keep the fuel system clean and lightly oiled. I never let mine sit for more than 30 days without firing it up and riding it a dozen miles, but then again I live in Alabama. I also try to keep the battery plugged into a floating charger.

  14. 178CuzdomSdar409

    ...can i keep the floating charger attached to the battery on the bike without taking the cables off...over2u and thanks for the tips.

  15. MigejCojode

    I just posted in the 650 Forum some winterizing tips:

    As for winterizing it depends to what extent you plan on working on the bike and whether or not she spends it indoors or in a heated location. Here's the scenario for worst case, outdoors in Saskatchewan (gonna be out in -40*)under a tarp:<ol style=\"list-style-type: decimal\">
  16. Store it after a recent oil change (old oil produces an acid as it loses viscousity);
  17. Close the petcock and drain the carbs;
  18. Fill the tank and put fuel stabilizer in it, seafoam works;
  19. Pull the plugs and squirt a few shots(about a tsp) of engine oil in the cylinders, turn it over a few times to coat the cylinders and put the plugs back in;
  20. Remove the battery, bring it in and put a battery tender on it;
  21. Remove seats and bring them in;
  22. Roll it onto an old carpet (large enough to completely seal inside the tarp, keeps the frost off);
  23. Crib the bike so both wheels are off the ground (keeps the tires from getting square); And seal it inside the tarp.
  24. If you are storing it inside there are a few changes you can make to the above list or, put seafoam in the tank, and just roll it around every week and run it up every few weeks. Or you can take the gas right out, oil in the cylinders, lift it off the ground and put it on a battery tender.
    As to a cheap bike lift try this one:

  25. bazdorrop1

    If you buy a battery tender, it should come with a piece that blots right to the battery and you just let the little pig-tail plug hang out somewhere. (I wire tied my pig-tail to the frame) Then, you just plug in the battery tender presto! no worries.

  26. LiddleBen

    Brand name is: Stabil Fuel stabilizer available at wally world. or any auto parts store. I suggest filling the tank with fuel. It inhibits rusting of the tank. I donot drain my carbs. But that is because if the weather is fit I will ride to town once a week or so. If it is too bad to do that I will crank it up and let it Idle up to 15 minutes to keep everything lubed up and ungummed. Here in NC where I live I sometimes ride on Christmas day. Also we donot have the Heavy salt applications on the roads here like Oh uses. Would'nt want that on the bike either.I feel for you guys that have to park for 3 months. I suppose it is a good time for projects like re painting the bike and other customization.


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