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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Nov 20th, 2005, 11:12 am Thread Starter
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Need suggestion about storing the KRS for the Winter

Hello everyone,

Yeterday I filled the gas thank and added about 3 fluid ounces of Sabil. After that I rode about 20 miles to my way home.

Today I was thinking to store the bike in the basement of my house because I don't have a garage and I have two more bikes in special buillt shed for them, so I ran out

Here is the question: Since I never stored a bike inside the house before I would like to know if there is any reason why I should not do that. I taped the lid of the gas tank with clear masking tape so there wouldn't be any smell leaking from the gas tank.

The basement is usually 70 degrees and there is no furnace or fireplace anywhere near to where I plan to park the bike.

If anyone know of any serious risk about me storing the bike inside I would appreciate letting me know.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Nov 20th, 2005, 1:38 pm
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Ride it..don't store it..
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old Nov 20th, 2005, 2:31 pm
 
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My 00 RS is in my garage with the battery disconnected, its clean and covered, Getting one inside might be hard, I don't store any of my bikes outside (Michigan weather).
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personally i wouldn't store my bike or any other gasoline engine vehicle to inlcude lawn mowers inside my house basement included. a friend of mine brought his HD into his house and as soon as you walked in you smelled the stink of gasoline. in my opinion the risks of fumes finding their way to some flame source is to great to chance storing the bike inside your house. even without the threat of fire who wants their house to reek of gasoline???? if you do decide to bring the bike in you'd better make sure the basement is well ventilated. i live in PA, don't have a garage and i simply keep the RS outside all winter. i do keep it covered with a inexpensive bike cover i paid 50 bucks for. i've had my RS for 3 years now through 3 winters and she still looks just as good as the day i bought her. keep the bike outside, keep it clean and keep it covered and it will be OK. it's a motorcycle for goodness sake...motorcycles are made to be outside not inside.
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I think that, if proper precautions are taken, you can safely store your bike in your basement and not have any smells. I base this off of friends that store lawn and garden equipment, boats, bikes and ATVs for years without any problems.

OK....maybe they were just lucky and who are any of us to be giving you advice on your safety? Seriously, I would contact my local fire department and ask them. Many will send someone out to advise you....for free! Be prepared though, some cities have ordinances against storing vehicles in living areas.

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FWIW, to me, taping the gas cap is a waste since our cap seals quite well and the tape is going to be a pain to remove after many months. There is a vent line that feeds out the bottom of the bike anyway.
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Basement, are you nuts?

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Originally Posted by pier1
.......... thinking to store the bike in the basement of my house because ............
a) It's cold outside.
b) I can walk down the steps and look at it.
c) That's where the wax is.
d) It would get wet outside.
e) all the above.

e- Go for it. We have a drive in basement for two vehicles. The other half of the basement is a workshop, laundry, and motorcycle parking area. Basement garages are incredibly popular here. Besides, think how clean it will be by the time spring rolls around.
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Pier, funny you should mention it. A few years ago I was going through a divorce and was living in a studio apartment (first floor of a house ground level). I had no place to put my Ducati for the winter, so in the apartment it went. If the bike's vapor recovery system is in tact, I wouldn't worry about the risk of fire or the smell of gasoline. I left the bike uncovered on stands. It was a nice conversation piece. Did I tell the landlord.... no. Did I tell the fire department... no. Don't even think about telling your insurance company. I was just lucky that the landlord never had to set foot in the apartment, I don't think he would have been too happy about it. I'm not advising you to do this, but I did it, and when I was married and had a bike, it was in the basement every winter because I had no garage. By the way, the divorce worked out nicely. I traded in my ex-wife for my K bike.
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I store several of my vintage MXers in the house without undue odors. But then I don't have a wife to bitch about it and my dog doesn't seem to give a damn.
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