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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-02-2016, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Top 10 Signs Itís Time To Winterize Your Bike



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Iíve often felt that the real reason many motorcyclists donít winterize their motorcycles is that they keep holding off in hopes to squeeze in one more ride. Although the MO Towers are located in Southern California, many of us ventured from colder climes to the Great American West in an effort to enjoy year-Ďround riding. The journalism gig is just something we managed to weasel our way into as a means of supporting our habit.

In an effort to help dedicated riders in places that have real winter, the following list contains sure-fire signals that it is time to winterize your motorcycle rather than continue riding it or letting it sit unprepared developing the mechanical manifestations of Parked Motorcycle Syndrome.
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Curious where most of you stand on the "empty the tank completely" or "fill it to the top with stabil" choice?
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Emptying it is too much work and doesn't protect against condensation.

I fill mine up to prevent rusting, and I don't use stabilizer either. 93 octane isn't going to get gummy or reduce to a point where it won't ignite in just 3 or 4 months.
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Screw winter.

Take aside that CA is a fux'd up state we ride 367 days a year.

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Emptying it is too much work and doesn't protect against condensation.

I fill mine up to prevent rusting, and I don't use stabilizer either. 93 octane isn't going to get gummy or reduce to a point where it won't ignite in just 3 or 4 months.
Yeah, I HATE it when my plastic tank rusts......

Octane level has exactly ZERO to do with getting gummy or won't ignite.
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Yeah, I HATE it when my plastic tank rusts......

Octane level has exactly ZERO to do with getting gummy or won't ignite.
Aluminium too
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Yeah, I HATE it when my plastic tank rusts......

Octane level has exactly ZERO to do with getting gummy or won't ignite.
haha you are right with that one, i wasn't even thinking about the material. My kawi is steel though. Drips from the condensation can also get into the fuel, so you should still fill it up on the bmw (or empty it).

I wasn't really referring to the actual octane rating. Everyone just names high test gas by their octane level. Higher octane fuel is more refined, less impurities, and has less alcohol. It doesn't break down as fast.

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I live in the PNW, so definitely have a winter season up here. I try and start the bike atleast once a week and let it get nice and warm, pop it in gear on the rear stand and spin things up. I will also shake the bike alittle to get the gas sloshing around in the tank. This all gives me a reason to touch her, feel her curves. I even sometimes sit on it, close my eyes, and pretend to be riding down my favorite curvy road. Lol
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