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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.

TIA

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RS Storage

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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Live somewhere you can ride all year round :)
 

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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.

Randy

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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?

pier1 said:
.......... 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. :D
 

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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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If you're worried about the smell of gasoline then why don't you drain the gas out of it? Ventilate the tank outdoors until all of the residual gas is evaporated. I'd keep mine in the livingroom if I could get away with it.
 

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No storage here!

No storage here!

Been riding all winter (well, most weekends). ...I am wondering if you can 'drift' a RS?

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Storing bike

If I store a bike for a long period I fill up the tank completely, because it prevents rust forming in the tank. As for my Honda CB750K this still is the best course, but if your bike has a polyester tank this of course no longer applies.

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Frits van Straten
 

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How hard is it to get out on the first nice day?

If you have a jerk like me for a friend, he'll be over the first nice day to say "Lets, go for a ride ... Oh, wait... your bike is i storage." :D

FWIW, it was gorgeous and I was out Friday and I'll be heading south (from near Chicago) on Tuesday.

-hank
 

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Ride it...

I would have to agree with the ride it comment. I live just south of you and have been riding all winter except during accumulation. Other than that, get some warm gear (heated vest is the bomb) and ride. Co-workers all think I am nuts riding on days the temps are in the teens... That is half the fun... I would rather my cage driving ability atrophy than my piloting skills...

Cheers! :tim
 
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