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post #1 of 18 Old 11-17-2015, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Getting Ready For Winter

I am sure those that are in warmer areas dont have to worry about the cold..
But for those of us that put our bikes away for the winter
Tell us what you do to get your Streets ready?
And she and how do you store them?

It is what it is….
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I store mine indoors, in a heated facility, fuel stabilizer added (Seafoam, Sta-Bil 360 or equivalent) with a cover.

Both my bikes have Battery Tenders however where I store them I can't access power so I just go and start them every 3-4 weeks, let them run until "hot" (maybe give them a quick run around the parking lot of it's not snow covered or wet). Good time to clean/detail the bike too when I'm there each time.

Bikes sit on the ground (not jacked up) but they do sit on rubber floor mats.

I've never had a problem starting them or having the battery run down over the Winter. (This will be the first Winter with my Street 750 though, so it should be interesting. The Owners Manual says to put the bike on a battery tender. I'm just going to go start it like I have with my C50T every few weeks)

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Here in Denver, while we have periods in winter when we can't get out, there are breaks when we can so many don't completely "store them" for winter. Given the hassle that I see with access to the STREET battery I'm taking no chances and therefore I use the recommend tender identified in the H-D manual. That said, however, I have a friend who owns a HONDA 1800 VTX and practices what you describe without a tender and GET THIS, he is on his 11th year with the same original battery!!!! I realize that's hard to believe but it's true. And, yes, that Sta-Bil 360 works like magic, I once had a tank that sat >1 year that started right up, thanks to that additive.


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When I lived in Minnesota I would run Sea Foam through the fuel system and change the oil, toss a cover over the bike and pout all the way to the house because I knew it would be months until I would be on the bike again.
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I'm in Midwest so we have days thought the winter that is nice enough to ride. So we just plug the bikes up to a tender. I've been sick for a few weeks so the street and king are sleeping in the garage. Hoping for a nice day soon to get out and ride.
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Florida here so not as bad..but it still does get cold here...
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Florida here so not as bad..but it still does get cold here...
You guys have no idea what "COLD" is!
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Oh I forgot about the battery. I would take the battery out of the bike and put in on a shelf (not on the floor) in the house next to the batteries for the boat, riding mower and both motor-home batteries. Then I'd swap my charger with winter mode on between them every couple weeks. All the years I lived in the upper Midwest, never had an issue with anything in the spring. I swear by Sea Foam and a battery tender.
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I would change the Oil with a Synthetic. SeaFoam in the gas. And the Tender

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I prepare for winter by wearing layers. Oh, and I bought some god awful tacky things to put around the handlebars to hopefully keep my hands warm.
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