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2009 with only 1500 miles?

I'm seeing a lot of good deals on bikes that basically sat for five years. How do the fuel injection components hold up with old gas sitting in the system for 3-5 years?
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I would Drain the tank and refill with fresh. Adding Seafoam will help. Don't forget the Brake Fluid, Coolant, Hoses and other things that could deteriorate over time.
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I would Drain the tank and refill with fresh. Adding Seafoam will help. Don't forget the Brake Fluid, Coolant, Hoses and other things that could deteriorate over time.
Bingo, we have a winner. I would always first ask when was the last time the motorcycle was fired up or taken for a ride of course. Low mileage doesn't mean engine wasn't periodically fired up to ensure that everything remained in good working order.


The problem isn't really with "old" liqiuds like fuel, oil, etc. but instead if the motorcycle sits dry for an extended period of time. Just drain the old, add the new, and everything is generally good to go. If it's sat for a long period of time it's probably good to shoot a little oil into the cylinders (by removing the plug) and hand turn over the engine to ensure the rings haven't seized but that's for engines that have sat for a very long period of time without being turned over.



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It's from a HD dealer. 10k for a 09 V-rod. 1500 miles. I've heard the fuel can get old and mess things up. But in a modem fuel injected system only the injectors and fuel pump touch the fuel? No fuel distributor...
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I know what you mean about a dry start though. Definitely will be listening for any ominous engine noises.
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If its from the Lord (HD dealer) then it was probably checked over. I know my Chapel (Brians HD) replaces brake pads if they are at 50% or less.

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my 08 V-Rod has sat most of it 8 years of ownership in storage. i've simply mixed in 3/4 of a small bottle of Stabil, filled the tank, and pulled the maxi fuse when leaving it alone for extended time. so long as the battery has juice, it has always started easily when coming back. longest time it sat still was from 2010-2011 when i was deployed to Afghanistan; tires got soft so it was sketchy loading it onto the trailer.

it currently sits in storage, and the soonest i plan to check it again is maybe in 2017. as this is likely the longest it will be in storage, i made sure to have new oil put in before parking it in storage, as well as using the whole bottle of stabil prior to filling the tank.

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I ended up with a 2009 v-rod muscle with 13k. Engine sounds clean. Runs beautifully. Already has the V&H stage 1 upgrades with fp3. It's a beast!
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Let me get this straight, you are talking about storing high mileage motorcycles for a few years right?

If your old bike has say, 7000 miles and it was stored for at least a year, why wouldn't you rebuild the motor first?

With 7K or more miles, you must know that there is a lot of wear on the motor and drive train, and storage only accelerates the deterioration.

Wouldn't it be better to recycle your old bike and purchase a new reliable Harley?













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Bingo, we have a winner. I would always first ask when was the last time the motorcycle was fired up or taken for a ride of course. Low mileage doesn't mean engine wasn't periodically fired up to ensure that everything remained in good working order.


The problem isn't really with "old" liqiuds like fuel, oil, etc. but instead if the motorcycle sits dry for an extended period of time. Just drain the old, add the new, and everything is generally good to go. If it's sat for a long period of time it's probably good to shoot a little oil into the cylinders (by removing the plug) and hand turn over the engine to ensure the rings haven't seized but that's for engines that have sat for a very long period of time without being turned over.
If a bike is going to sit the worst thing you can do is start and let it run a bit and shut it down. Ride it or don't. Starting it does not help it.
If it is going to sit a long time fog cylinders .
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