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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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How to maintain in winter???

Hey everybody. I have a 2010 street glide. I live in oregon so unfortunately I won't be able to ride much the next 5 months or so due to the weather. I was wanting to know what I need to do while my bike is resting in the garage for the winter. Do I need to add anything to gas tank, do I need to start it once a week let it run for a few minutes, etc etc..... I've heard different things to do but wanted to get some advice from the experts here���������� any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to all in advance for your replies. �� Sorry posted same thread a couple times. New to site didn't think my phone was working. Whoops I don't need to here from the thread nazis. Find something better to worry about

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 03:01 PM
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You need to move to a better climate.


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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 03:03 PM
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get a nice Deltran Junior Float Charger and put on the battery....I use Seafoam in gas but live in Texas were there is no such thing as putting one away...lol...or you could use Stabil but its harder on the internals....Just make sure your battery don't sulfate in the cold weather....I guess if I lived where you live I would try and start it at least once a week and let it idle a little while...or put a heat lamp under the bike....or you could bring it over here....lol....
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Stabilize the fuel for sure. Is your garage heated? If so, you dont really need to do much but start it now and then.... Super cold weather = no good for a battery not in use...
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Do NOT Idle the bike once a week!!!! If you start your bike, you should at the very least planning on riding it for 30-45 min. Your engine has to get up to normal operating temp. This will ensure the water / condensation gets hot enough to evaporate out of the engine. Just going out and starting the bike once a week will cause you to build up condensation that leads to bad oil, rusting from the inside out, and the list goes on. Try to search "winter storage" - lots of good info! But basically change the fluids, hook up to battery tender, add gas agent , and let her sit


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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 03:32 PM
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Fill tank put stabile in fuel . Let it run a couple min. Change engine oil and filter. Plug battery in with battery tender. Don't start it unless you let it run long enough to reach operating temp. Letting it run just a couple min will only cause condensation in the motor. I live in Canada so my bike is away for a couple of months.

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Keep riding....

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Use fuel stabalizer, a mini-charger, don't run it. Cover it up. End.
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+1. Keep riding. You can ride between storms when the roads are dry. I'm an Oregonian as well. Get a heated jacket and ride

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You got a bike idling in the garage that has no radiator; how long do you think its going to take to come up to operating temps...lol....the answer is pretty damn quick...have never hurt one yet letting it idle on cold days....only place your collecting any condensation will be in the vented gas tank and carbs if you have them...your not making any water letting it idle....where do ya'll come up with all this...?...worse thing you can do to any motor is not run it.....trust me i got tractors, four wheelers, mowers, dirt bikes, chain saws and you name it....never had moisture issues and i crank them all during the winter months when not in use.....Best to do what Alii said; keep riding and don't store it...
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