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Question Winter Storage.

Hi, This is my first year storing my bike.Its not a heated garage and someone told me I should remove the battery and keep it on a tender in the house.Just wondering if that matters or not?? Thanks
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I also store my bikes in a heatless garage. This is my first Harley and it too will be stored in the same place.

I will be keeping it on a battery tender and I will also be adding Stabil fuel stabilizer to the tank as well as starting it at least once a week to keep the juices flowing.

I also keep the bike on top of one of those soft workout mats instead of directly on the cement floor.

Hope this helps.
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word of advice, don't just go out and start it and let it run for a few minutes and cut it off, that will NOT be good. It will not get hot enough for it to burn off the condensation inside the motor. Only go start it if you plan to let it run for at least half an hour for it to get up to proper temp.
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+1 on not starting it and shutting her off after she gets warm! Dont do it!! The bike has got to get up to normal operating temp. So it can evaporate any condensation (water) that is inside the motor. If it doesnt get evaporated it can cause your motor so many problems not to mention rusting from the inside out. Your way better off just letting her sit until your going to ride longer then 30min. I ride all year long and because I work only a couple miles away, I get up and leave 45min earlier now so I can ride long enough to allow this to happen

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I keep my bike in an unheated garage as well. I don't remove the battery but it's kept on a Battery Tender. Stabil in the gas tank, change the oil and filter and a good wax job. I use rubber backed matts like you see in store entrance ways to park the bike on. Then I just throw an old sheet over it to keep the dust off. So, basically it's not actually put away for the winter. If a nice day appears I just pull the sheet off, disconnect the battery tender and go for ride.

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on not starting. Fill tank. Add fuel stabilizer. After bike sits for a while, remove gas cap and top off fuel (it settles) eliminating air pocket. Detail, wax, then park on a rubber mat (used as a vapor barrier). Attach Battery tender, cover with breathable cover or sheet and kiss her good night. Remember; dont start her up until youre planning to ride long enough to bring the engine up to operating temperatures. Good luck.

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Service manual for my 2012 sporty 1200CP says in temps below 40 F. a minimum of 15 miles to properly warm up motor and all fluids to burn off condensation.

On all the other bikes I have had includeing the 99 883C I just pull the battery, park bike in the old unheated unused barn, toss a bike cover over it and put the battery in the spare room in the house.
Mid March or when the roads are salt and sand free I charge the batterys with the battery tender, replace battery in bike and ride when the weather is permittable.
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Glad I saw this post. I think im gonna be putting the girl to sleep tonight for the winter...

I need to get a battery tender. some fuel stabilizer and move it over to my parents garage where it will be heated.
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Originally Posted by blackknight883 View Post
Glad I saw this post. I think im gonna be putting the girl to sleep tonight for the winter...

I need to get a battery tender. some fuel stabilizer and move it over to my parents garage where it will be heated.
Just route your Clothes Dryer vent into your unheated garage...that'll keep her warm .
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