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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 24th, 2006, 9:19 pm Thread Starter
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Winter Storage

Unfortunately it is getting to be that time of the year, and I am beginning to plan my winter storage. This is my first BMW and I wanted to make sure that I do things right. Can the people here that are smarter than me give some ideas on how to store the bike. Sort of a checklist maybe of things to do, and how to set it up for storage.

Greg - no smart remarks about living in Florida and being able to ride all year either. I amy have to come down and repo that Brutale from you if you do.

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Brian, In a past life I lived in Chicago so I know what your concerns are. But all I ever did was make sure that the battery stayed charged and the bike stayed covered. If you have heated storage or at least weather proof storage that's even better. The worse thing you can do is start the engine once in a while and not let the engine get completely to operating temperature before you shut it off. If the engine isn't allowed to run long enough, condensation will occur in the exhaust and the engine internals. If you leave the bike outside but covered condensation can still occur on the surfaces of the bike as the sun heats up the covered machine then cools down again at night. Weather proof storage, trickle charged battery, no moisture. If you do leave the bike stored for several months, before you start riding again I would change the oil and filter first and don't forget to check your tire pressures. Better safe than sorry. Good luck.
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Brian,

We are approaching the same season here and the same procedure.
What I normally do is:
- to fill the tank up to max and to add a gas stabilizer for long-time conservation(a must).
To start the engine and to keep it working for several minutes - to allow the stabilizer to reach the plugs.(a must).
- to change the oil and the filter( not a must but highly recommended);
- to charge the battery and to disconnect it(not a must if you have a charger - plug it in and forget it).
- to use some silicone spray for rubber things( except the tyres);
- to use some electroconcerving spray for contacts(not a must)
- to put the bike on the main stand and from time to time to rotate the front tyre.
- to cover the exhaust with plastic bag( upon it is cold);
- to cover the bike;
- to look forward to the spring.

Best wishes!

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Greg - no smart remarks about living in Florida and being able to ride all year either. I amy have to come down and repo that Brutale from you if you do.

Brian
well,
you can certainly come down and ride EITHER of my bikes, anytime.

no smart remarks from me...
just remember that during YOUR riding season, in the summer, the HEAT INDEX is often over 110 for 3 months, making it dangerous to even go outside .... so, we really don't ride 12 months/year

i still love Wisconsin.... nice folks and nice scenery
and.... close to one of my favorite places on earth.... CHICAGO

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The only two things I'm religious about with my RS

1.) Battery Tender

2.) Fuel stabilizer

I usuall start adding a little Sta-Bil to the every tank
right around the middle to the end of Oct. That way there
is always some throughout the system when that first
unexpected snowstorm hits and bring the year to a
screeching halt.

tim-----still on the right side of the frostline

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Thanks everyone for your advice. Easyman, that is pretty close to what I have done in the past - thank you for verifying my thoughts.

How about fogging the cylinders?

Brian

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Brian,

We are approaching the same season here and the same procedure.
What I normally do is:
- to fill the tank up to max and to add a gas stabilizer for long-time conservation(a must).
To start the engine and to keep it working for several minutes - to allow the stabilizer to reach the plugs.(a must).
- to change the oil and the filter( not a must but highly recommended);
- to charge the battery and to disconnect it(not a must if you have a charger - plug it in and forget it).
- to use some silicone spray for rubber things( except the tyres);
- to use some electroconcerving spray for contacts(not a must)
- to put the bike on the main stand and from time to time to rotate the front tyre.
- to cover the exhaust with plastic bag( upon it is cold);
- to cover the bike;
- to look forward to the spring.

Best wishes!
You forgot

- to ski or take up some winter sport
- to drink heavily (it doesn't spring come any faster, but it sure helps with the wait).

Good list

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Might I also add that if you have any potential rodent problems, squirrels, mice what have you, stick a dryer sheet in your tail pipe and into the induction nozzle. It keeps them from taking up winter residence in those dark and cozy places.

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Can I assume that cylinder fogging is not needed?

Thanks again,
Brian

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