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hey fellas its been a while since i been on the forums, once i got the new meanstreak a few months ago, i havent gotten off it until now, already racked up 5,500 miles!!! Everyone on this forum is very informative and respectful(not like many other forums i belong to audiworld cough cough) both bikes we bought were great and recommend them- 2007 meanstreak & 2007 900 custom. But now in the northeast it is getting cold(snow actually falling right now) and want to know the best option for the bikes over the winter..we are putting them down in the spare part of our basment which is heated, but what steps shoudl we take to protect the bikes over the cold season. Thanks again to everyone here!!
 

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Rub in some cat crap, does the trick for me!
 

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Drain the oil, pull the battery and put it on a tender, and cover the bike. Your owners manuel covers everything you need to do.
 

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I dont know if I would drain the oil completely out I might drain the oil and put new oil in, agree on everything else, you can leave the battery in the bike and put it on a battery tender, no need to remove it.
 

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If you fill the gas tank (I do when winterizing) just add some SeaFoam to the fuel and be sure to run the engine (take a 10 minute ride) so the treated fuel makes it into the entire fuel system.

Put ziplock bags over the exhaust pipes to keep rodents out.

Some jack the bike up to keep it off the tires (I don't) but simply pump the tires up to recommended pressures.

Use a battery tender to keep the batteries charged as mentioned.

Change the oil and filter.

Wash the bike and wax it and place a cover over it to keep dust off, etc.

Check the bikes over for lose nuts/bolts and tighten things down.

Say good night and turn the lights off and visit frequently to get a short fix. :)
 

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Last winter we just added the SeaFoam to the gas tank and started the bikes up at least once every other week. We'd let them run for a while to get the oils flowing. Of course, if it wasn't too terribly cold, we'd ride around the block!!! :tongue:
 

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I leave my bike in my unheated garage and the temperatures here sometimes hit as low as -40 in January or February. What I've always done, and still do, is add some gas stabilizer, usually around an ounce per gallon, as well as a couple of ounces of seafoam, then I fill the tank up with gas, and run it a bit to get the stabilizer into the carb (or injectors).
Pull out the battery, and place on a work bench or whatever, as long as you don't leave it on a concrete floor. Every 4 to 6 weeks, give the battery a trickle charge. I don't take the oil out nor do I put any oil into the spark plug sockets. I just cover it up with a cover, (or use bed sheets if you don't have a cover). Install some plywood under the bike to keep the cold concrete moisture from getting to the bike.
Come spring, I reinstall the battery, turn the key on, and she starts immediately. Then the first thing I do is give it an oil and filter change. Doing it this way has never let me down come Spring. The fact that your bike is in a heated basement, is even better I think.
Some do way more than this, and I won't say not to do it, because preventive maintenance is always a good thing. But in my opinion, I really don't think it's necessary to go overboard, as it just gives you a few extra minor headaches for nothing. Just my .02 cents worth.
 
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