October 8, 2005I am think of storing my bike in a shed in the yard for the winter.It would be more out of the way. It is a well built 2X4 constructed shed but it is un-heated. Any tips would be appriciated.
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October 8, 2005I live in the mountains of georgia, and store my fatboy in an 10x10 wooden shed not heated. no problems last winter. used the bike at least twice a month all winter....a lot of condinsation forums when you bring the bike out in the sun otherwise ok. going to leave a light on in the shed all winter....did not cover the bike, no rust problems, did this help.
October 8, 2005When you say "store for the winter" do you mean putting it in and leaving it for two or three months? Whatever, I suggest you insulate the shed and cover any windows with blinds or fabric to prevent ultraviolet light from reaching the bike. Connect a battery tender and some kind of heat (like that used in the marine industry) to prevent condensation. The following web site: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/maintenance/motorcyclewinterstorage.htm provides additional details.
October 9, 2005If your shed has electricity buy one of those "bubbles" to keep your bike in. I used one for years before I got a heated garage and it will keep your bike perfect. Make sure you take the battery out though.
October 9, 2005I live in Maryland and have kept my bikes in an unheated uninsulated shed for over ten years without any problems. I do hook up a battery tender for most of the winter months. Gets a little dusty but never had any rust problems etc. On really cold days, I run a little heater in there if I am going to ride that day, set it next to the engine to help warm up the oil for easier starting. Old habit for the 70w Shovel days.
October 9, 2005Up in Alberta, the winters can be brutally cold for a couple week straight.
I have a garage which is not heated...I never really did much of anything to it, and it would always start up the first try.
I would leave my gas tank completely full, and add some fuel stabilizer.
I'd also disconnect my battery, and it always cranked the first try in the spring. I'd sometimes cover up the carb with a towel, not too sure why, just felt like the right thing to do.
I think you're bike will be fine...no real need to buy a bubble or anything like that.
October 9, 2005I had mine in shed all last winter. Had some sheets on it to keep it from getting to much dust. Started it every couple of weeks. Took it out for a short ride each month. Has been in a shed since I moved to Tenn. Have not had any problems with battery, rust, condenstation or anything. Just kept sheets and blankets on it last year. This year I have the old Wal Mart cover so we will see how it goes. Have no electricity in mine either.
October 9, 2005Seeing as you live in NY state, and the shed is unheated and uninsulated, I would spray all the metal down with WD-40, take out the battery & charge once a month through the winter, squirt some oil into the cylinders, stuff some rags sprayed with WD-40 into the mufflers, fill the gas tank and put in some "Stabil", change the oil, and then run the bike to get the stablized gas in the carb. If you have FI, omit the last.
I am think of storing my bike in a shed in the yard for the winter.It would be more out of the way. It is a well built 2X4 constructed shed but it is un-heated. Any tips would be appriciated.
October 11, 2005I bought my RG from a guy in Indiana. It had been stored in a shed. When my wrench removed the fairing to do some work, he noticed some rodent had built a nice little nest under the fairing and had also eaten some insulation off a couple of wires. It was running fine, but was prime for a fire. Make sure it is critter proof.
October 12, 2005This is why I love living in AZ, 365 days of riding weather. The only thing you have to worry about is the farmers tan.
October 13, 2005Garage. Is much better. Keep it coverd with a harley cover and the battery tender on it. I wont store mine untill the temp drops below f.
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