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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-18-2018, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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Best Way To Winterize?

Just to be clear, what's the best way to winterize/store our bikes for the winter? With the tank full and a shot of Sta-Bil? Or empty?

(*I voted for bringing it inside and keeping her in the spare bedroom, but the wife was not amused…
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What I do:


Fill tank, adding whatever fuel stabilizer you like (Sta-Bil works fine). Run for a little while, don't forget to run on reserve if you have that. Don't want that small aux fuel line to gum up. Park it. Do not start it.



It's that simple.

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If you are running non ethanol fuel it will probably be ok to leave it in there. Still never hurts to treat the fuel or drain it. Never store a carbureted engine with ethanol fuel without some sort of fuel stabilizer unless you drain the fuel from the carb(s).

If you like pulling the carbs and cleaning the pilot jets then just ignore the above advice and really who does not like doing that? lol
Seriously though, those are a pain to deal with.

I usually drain my bike carbs regardless of which kind of fuel I use which reminds me that I need to do that. I also pull the battery and hook it up to a battery tender as I do for my mower battery and any other batteries that will not be in use during the winter.

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I also pull the battery and hook it up to a battery tender as I do for my mower battery and any other batteries that will not be in use during the winter.
For the first 8 yrs of its life I never once pulled the battery (I didn't even bother to disconnect it) nor did I ever use a battery tender. Not a single time in 8 winters. That battery lasted 10 yrs and over 100K miles before needing to be replaced.

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