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post #21 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by pipewizard View Post
Does the dryer vent into the garage??
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I knew that was where this thread was going ..even before I opened it...well played...

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post #22 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by chris_lacey View Post
It doesn't need to be on plywood or anything else. If you are covering it over, a plastic vapor barrier is useful, but if it is uncovered there is no benefit.
A plastic vapor barrier is no good, it will trap moisture underneath.

If if it must be covered, use a cover that breathes, like an old sheet.
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post #23 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by JPWendtinc View Post
. . . I am a Seafoam man through and through. . . .
I noted on here a while back that I acquired my recently-passed MILs old Mercedes diesel. So, I have enjoyed doing the maintenance and such and getting her back in good order after sitting a great while.

Anyway, the fuel filter (it actually has three!) is a canister type that looks like an oil filter. When you change it, you have to pre-fill it, or you'll be pumping the primer for days to get the air of the fuel system.

Some pre-fill with fuel. Others use ATF. I decided that seafoam was the ticket. So, I pre-filled it with the seafoam. When I started it, some of the neighborhood may have though they were witnessing the Shekinah. It was glorious. But, she's idles a little better for it.

I do love me some Seafoam. It's also a nice substitute for Old Spice if you find yourself in a pinch.

Now, so that I am not straight-up ambushing this thread, I'll add that I also store my bike in a cold garage. I do part it on a sheet of plywood, but only because it was there and I always have. The only thing I make sure of is to hook up the battery tender. I may pour a splash or two of seafoam in the gas, but I do that year around whenever I happen to see both the bike and the can of seafoam within 15 seconds of each other. (that's my max attention span)

I had a little problems with mice putting dogfood in the pipes last year. So, I stopped storing the dogfood in the garage and threw down a box or two of mice poison. No worries after that.

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I store in an unheated country garage. I hook up the tender, put it on the lift, a lil StarTron in the full tank, toss a handfull of mothballs around under it....say gnite till spring.

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Originally Posted by Dan89flstc View Post
A plastic vapor barrier is no good, it will trap moisture underneath.

If if it must be covered, use a cover that breathes, like an old sheet.
I meant the plastic vapor barrier on the floor, then the bike, then the breathable cover.
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post #26 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 07:36 PM
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I use Damp-Rid buckets in my garage as a pre-caution.

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post #27 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 08:31 PM
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I bought my 2011 SG in Dec of 2010, stored it in my barn that winter. I noticed that any time the temp came up and the snow started to melt or if it rained that the bike would get condensation all over it......I then placed a box fan pointing at the bike and left it on, I never saw the moisture after that.

Now I have a enclosed trailer and I'm storing my bike and the wifes bike in the trailer in the barn. I also have three clamp lamps with 100w bulbs with the goal of keeping moisture out of the trailer. It seems to do real well and even when the outside temp was at 28 degree F it was just above 40 in the trailer.

I also use the fan trick in the early and late season when temps are fluxuating and condensation is a problem here in Michigan. It works!

On another note, have you ever seen the storage bubbles you can purchase? They also have a fan which circulates air as well as keeps the bubble inflated. They are kind of like a tent for storing bikes or sleds in. I have seen them in the Harley catalog...........

Anyway, hopefully someone finds this useful
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post #28 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 10:37 AM
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Buddy I have moved and his garage he has now gets condensation bad. He said it pitted some of his chrome.
He went to a R.V. camper junk yard and took funance out of one and hooked it up in his garage with a thermostat !!!

I just fill tanks and use some kind of treatment, used stabil before and seafoam, most of the winters I've been able to ride several times so I don't consider my winter to be very Bad,long??

I do use light bulb trick, I lived in northern Illinois for a few years( wife's from there??) and learned that from some guys up there!!

I just have one with the clamp and metal around it, cover bike with some special and soft blankets and slide light under it and plug in maintainer and light....and thats about it.

I can't resist to take some harley cleaner-polisher out to garage and wipe it down if I haven't rode it for a while. I have a attached garage but not heated, stays a little warmer than garage I had up north??
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post #29 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 05:50 PM
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I've seen guys spray entire bike with wd-40 , that was a long time ago.
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post #30 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 08:32 PM
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i just take a drop light and put it under the bike below the pipes and it's just enough heat to drive away any moisture.
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