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Created on: 02/11/18 10:26 AM

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dave350v8



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bike storage over winter
02/11/18 10:26 AM

Hi
Im going to store my bike for about 6 weeks until the weather improves, do you empty fuel tank or fill it up to help prevent corrosion, or is 6 weeks not a long time anyway? And Ive been advised to use paddock stands to keep tyres off the ground, what do you guys think?

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RE: bike storage over winter
02/11/18 10:35 AM

Put some stabil in the tank and a cover on it and you will be fine.maybe put a tender on it if it gets cold where it's stored.



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RE: bike storage over winter
02/11/18 10:36 AM

Cant help you much here as I try to ride at least every two weeks during the winter..( Northern California) but always try to keep tank full regardless.

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dave350v8



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RE: bike storage over winter
02/11/18 1:30 PM

Yep, going to put a tender on battery, do you think fuel stabilizer is needed over 6 weeks, I know on carbs its Important, can injectors gum up that quick?
Dave


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RE: bike storage over winter
02/11/18 2:08 PM

Can't hurt.I do try to keep the tank(s)full.

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RE: bike storage over winter
02/11/18 3:33 PM

For 6 weeks, I don't think you need to worry much about the gas but might as well fill it up. Running a full dose of Sea Foam in it won't hurt either. My gas tank has been empty for the past 12 weeks. Bike work goes extra slow in the cold dark winters up north. I've had it empty for prolonged periods while working on the bike in winter before. No problems. I think it's better to leave it outside empty in the cold than bring it in where it's warm. Put a battery tender on it. check antifreeze.



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dave350v8



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RE: bike storage over winter
02/12/18 2:38 PM

Great info!

Is the fuel tank and system airtight on the zx14, if so the petrol should not go off so quick if sealed, or
have I got that wrong? according to petrol companies the fuel lasts longer in airtight situations, reducing the effect of the ethanol absorbing water and causing separation? Obviously I don't really know what Im talking about


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RE: bike storage over winter
02/12/18 3:03 PM

Is the fuel tank and system airtight on the zx14

I'm going to say NO. It definitely lets air a/o fuel out of the breather tube when fuel expands from heat. I assume it also lets air in as fuel level goes down.



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Rook


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RE: bike storage over winter
02/12/18 3:07 PM

If the bike is very new and never had a fuel overflow, It might still be pretty airtight. They put some kind of waxy substance in the overflow tube to seal it the system from condensation. That stuff is sometimes seen in a gob below the overflow tube after the engine has become very hot and parked with a fresh tank of gas filled to the neck of the gas cap.



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RE: bike storage over winter
02/12/18 8:24 PM

If you have a local station that sells non-ethanol you will be good for 6 weeks. If your battery is charged you can just disconnect the negative or put it on a tender.
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RE: bike storage over winter
02/13/18 1:58 AM

lol my 14 has sat now for TWO years with the same full tank.She started and ran fine just a week ago!...yes,I used stabil in her.(non-ethanol)


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Hub


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RE: bike storage over winter
02/13/18 10:16 PM

While sitting, the tank breaths so there are two ways the air enters and bleeds off; due to the air being heated up inside the tank. Sealing is out. Only way is to drain the tank and keep the cap open so it stays dry. Condensation at the top of the tank is where rust will start. Topping off the tank covers the ceiling more. Gas goes bad in about 9 months and starts to gum up after a year or so. 6 weeks is not long enough to render the gas useless. Battery should be charged during down times. A clock is the parasitic draw so this will drain the battery. A battery alone looses 1% a day; according to Yuasa. So 30 days equals 30% down. Tire wise, the flat spot will centrifugally move out plus add the heat to expand. If you can hack the few bumps before it smooths out again... call the ball on the stands.



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Rook


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RE: bike storage over winter
02/14/18 7:19 AM

I've never noticed flat spots on tires after storage but I put the bikes on stands anyway. That also seems like a good thing to do for the suspension but I doubt it matters much for that either.

I think for a seasons storage, doing nothing at all short of making sure the coolant can't freeze will yield the same result as going through the whole routine. These bikes do wear out as time goes on though so it makes sense to do everything you can to not wear them out while you're not riding them. My bike's 10 years old so by now, I might have bought myself another year of trouble free miles by storing it as gently as possible.



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dave350v8



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RE: bike storage over winter
02/14/18 11:36 PM

Thanks everyone for your info, certainly not worried about 6 or 7 weeks of storage now, to be honest if a nice day or two appears during winter I find it hard not to give it a blast down the road before the spiders have chance to finish their webs.
Thanks again

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Rook


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RE: bike storage over winter
02/15/18 5:07 PM

I think it's best to leave it shut off until riding season starts. but if you're going to do a nice long ride and the engine gets hot, I can't see how that would hurt.



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