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All these non-starting bikes at the beginning of winter are reinforcing my belief that it's smarter to do the full the full winterization routine. If you aren't riding the bike on the freeway at least twice a week, maybe consider reading through some of these links. Just starting the bike and running it for about 10-minutes really isn't sufficient. You'll probably foul the plugs, weaken/kill the battery trying to get it started and a host of other problems that simply don't even come up if you winterize it properly.

Here are several links discussing proper winterization. There are some differences between these techniques, but any of these would be better than starting the bike once or twice a week and just running the engine without actually riding it more than 10 miles:
http://www.soundrider.com/archive/tips/motorcycle_winterization.htm
http://venturers.org/Tech_Library/index.php?action=article&cat_id=003010&id=118
http://www.mad-ducati.com/Articles/Winterizing.html

Buying a battery tender/trickle charger and sta-bil will cost a little money, but the charger can be used on all subsequent winters, no matter what kind of bikes you own then, and buying this stuff will easily pay for itself the first time you don't have to take the bike into the dealership during spring (to wait in line with the rest of the non-winterized bikes.)

Good luck and I hope we get an early Spring!
-Calamari Chris in Carlsbad, CA
 

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Excellent advice Chris! :)
 

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Aye, All good advice, but I was riding and intend to ride my cycle every day - bar severe frost and snow. I was in my post (Bike Not Starting ) wondering if maybe something else was a problem. Like starter motor / ignition coil / blown pistons (I have only been riding since June after a 15 yr abscence from motorbikes) and am still getting used to the machine.

Thanks !
Taz
 

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Chris,

That is good advise...It has been working for me. And then if there is a break in the weather, I can take the bikes out for a ride.
It is supposed to warm up first part of next week...should melt the snow and be OK to ride for a few days.

Heather
 

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I agree with Chris. The battery tender will also increase the life of your battery.

I switched from sta-bil to Sea Foam. Sea Foam is a good carb/FI cleaner and also a fuel stabilizer.
 

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I Love Seafoam....:):):)
 
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