I agree with you, you asked and answered your own questions. :thumbsupI have a 2006 Fatboy that I just bought in August. I live in NJ outside of Philadelphia, where the winters are, normally, not all that severe. During a normal winter I would expect to be able to get at least 1 or 2 days in a month where I could get a 30 min or so ride in. This winter is already looking different, but that's a topic for another day.
I have read plenty of threads on HOW to winterize, but what I'm wondering is SHOULD I winterize if I assume that I'll be taking the occasional ride over the winter months.
If I winterize, I know that one of the things I should do is to change the oil then let the bike sit to avoid unnecessary build up of moisture in the various parts of the engine. But if I winterize then go for the occasional ride when weather permits, am I doing much harm since that will likely lead to moisture in the engine and I would expect some condensation given the temperature. Based upon what I have read throughout the forums it seems that the biggest risk is when you don't winterize and do mostly shorter rides where the bike doesn't have time to completely warm up, allowing the moisture to evaporate and hopefully removed as much as possible. So it would seem that if I winterize and only ride it during the winter when I can ride long enough to allow the bike to come up to temperature then I should be fine.
As I write this I think the answer is winterize and minimize the number of short rides. This should not significantly increase the wear related to possible corrosion and it doesn't seem like a few longish rides when possible would cause enough problems for me to worry about.
Sorry for the somewhat rambling message here, but I'm thinking about this as I write it and possibly answering my own question. What do you guys think? I know this is not an exact science but if you could give me your rationale with your answer that would be great too so I could learn a bit as well as get my answer.
If you are sure to ride long enough to have everything get warmed up to temperature , it'll be fine.