winterizing my bike

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Skinner, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    So, it's gonna get cold soon. What should I do to winterize my bike?
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  2. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Broke it/Bought it Supporter

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    Heated grips. Fleece. Good gloves. Change the gas often. :deal

    John
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  3. Whitey1

    Whitey1 Long timer

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    What kinda bike you got? Air cooled or water cooled?
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  4. McB

    McB Long timer

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    I put it on a charger a couple of times in January, because it was unusually cold and icy. Otherwise, I've been able to ride it often enough it would have been pointless to do anything to winterize it.
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  5. sideshow

    sideshow debaser

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  6. olebiker

    olebiker Old buzzard bait

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    Fill the tank I usually use a higher octane and add stabil. Run some oil product through the engine (keeps the pipes from rusting) drain the carbs pull the battery. Keep the battery from freezing and keep a decent charge in it. Works here in the frozen North.
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  7. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    I take the batteries out in the real cold stuff, keep the tank filled, but try to go out and start the bikes and run them a bit every week or so. Never needed to winterize, and any day above 20 with dry roads I'm riding....even if its just to keep 'em running & lubed.
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  8. 12bridn

    12bridn I need throttle therapy

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  9. gettr

    gettr What not to do..

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    Heated garage, kegerator chilling in the 'fridge, frosted glasses in the freezer, and a bunch of new parts usually works for me :lol3
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  10. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    New set of Trelleborgs or move to Texas for the winter.
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  11. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    Ordered my heated grips today! Can't wait to try them out!!!

    Other bikes I've had I never winterized them. Just start them up every 2 weeks or so and let them run long enough to get them nice and warm and recharge the battery.
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  12. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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  13. Whitey1

    Whitey1 Long timer

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    It must have been winter when you bought your KTM? Otherwise it would be at the dealer getting rebuilt every winter wouldn't it?

    :amazon


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  14. ghostrider.y2k

    ghostrider.y2k ride enything but HD

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    I don't winterize mine at all
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  15. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Yeah - like you'd put your bike up for the winter.

    I was waiting for the punch line.

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  16. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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  17. Hodag

    Hodag Native

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    when temps drop below freezing
    unplug beer fridge
    move beer close to an inside wall
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  18. blimpman

    blimpman Fla Trail & Adventure Rider

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    Ride all winter, wear warm clothes and keep the chain lubed...

    That's what I do.... The KLR loves it. :deal

    Oh yea, put on the mittens...

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  19. DruiD

    DruiD riding too fast

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    Winterized.


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  20. Monty_Burns

    Monty_Burns Excellent.

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    Jay - How are you doing? Up and around?

    Skinner - Didn't you start this same thread last year? :rofl
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