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Shortly I will be putting my bike in mothballs for a few months. But I would like to know if thier is anything else I should do. The bike is a Kawasaki 1500 VN classic
I live in Maryland where the winters are somewhat mild and last usually 3 months . The bike will be stored out of doors but under the best cover I could buy. The following will be done:
1. Adding stabil to the gasoline
2. Placing plastic over pipe ends
3. Spraying WD40 under the body on metal parts
4. Waxing metal
5. light oil on chrome parts??

1. what I need to know, should I remove spark plugs and spray some lube or such into the cylinder.
2. Do I have to remove thebattery, or should I

Anything else you can tell me would be much appreciative. Last thing I need is to have troubles with it when fair weather comes.

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I'd remove the battery and put it some place warm... otherwise you'll probably be buying a new one in the spring. pull the plugs and spray some fogging oil in there. You can usually find a can of Kawachem fogging oil for ~$5.
 

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Change the oil, take her for a final spin, the remove the battery(Make sure it kept fully charged). You don't really need to fog the engine if it is only sitting for 3 months.
 

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Add Stabil then fill up and run it a few miles. Then switch to reserve and run it a few more. Then switch the fuel off and let it run out.

All this is assuming you have a fuel petcock. But even if you don't have one, fill the fuel tank before parking it.
 

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Just put my 900 away today. I don't use stabil though. Use seafoam instead.
I also leave the battery connected. Aint had any problems. Bike gets put up on 2x4's and gets a cover on it.
I figure if the battery needs charged, no biggie as I have numerous chargers that will charge anything at any rate including trickle (I fly rc electric aircraft).
Of course, you never know when a spike of warm weather comes up. If so, then I'm ready to do a bit of riding and then put it back away.

Lucky...
 

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Just put my 900 away today. I don't use stabil though. Use seafoam instead.
I also leave the battery connected. Aint had any problems. Bike gets put up on 2x4's and gets a cover on it.
I figure if the battery needs charged, no biggie as I have numerous chargers that will charge anything at any rate including trickle (I fly rc electric aircraft).
Of course, you never know when a spike of warm weather comes up. If so, then I'm ready to do a bit of riding and then put it back away.

Lucky...
I do basically the same thing, but in a storage/workshop building. NC winter can warm up quickly on any day, so I want to be ready.
 
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