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The snow is falling, what to do with the bike?

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Here in Utah we have snow falling. I have put fuel stabilizer in my tanks in the past and been fine, but I would like to know what you guys think the best winterizing habits would be? I have had my bikes in a climate controlled garage in the past and now the garage gets as cold as it does outside if not colder. I started them up after about 3 weeks of sitting in cold and both started with the idle bouncing giving the engine a whop whop whop idle for over ten minuets.
 

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I plan on tearing mine down this winter and doing the big work.. Top End, powder coating and so on... But hopefully winter won't be here until about February.
 
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keefbikes said:
Here in Utah we have snow falling. I have put fuel stabilizer in my tanks in the past and been fine, but I would like to know what you guys think the best winterizing habits would be? I have had my bikes in a climate controlled garage in the past and now the garage gets as cold as it does outside if not colder. I started them up after about 3 weeks of sitting in cold and both started with the idle bouncing giving the engine a whop whop whop idle for over ten minuets.
With the cold temps you could have some moisture. Spraying down the bike's engine,frame, with wd-40 or something equal. Lubing the cables, lubing the chain, clean air filter and box. If the bike was going to sit longer than 3 weeks with out running it you might think about fogging oil for the engine. Spray silicone works great for all the rubber and plastic parts. I would drain the fuel from the tank and the carb if it's going to be a few months before you ride but fog down the engine first.
 
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Humor me, How do I fog the engine? And do I have to do anything in the spring to ride it again? :ride:
 
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Humor me, How do I fog the engine? And do I have to do anything in the spring to ride it again? :ride:
I fog my engines through the carb. You can pull back the air box boot and while the engine is idling you can spray the fogging oil just under the slide and let the engine pull it in with the air and fuel. Once the engine starts to choke on the fogging oil you can turn the engine off, remove the spark plug and spray some more oil into the cylinder then use the kicker starter to move the oil around in the cylinder. When you get ready to start and ride the bike let it idle for a few minutes get up to temp and the oil should have already been purged out of the engine. May want to install new just just in case. Spraying it through the carb helps get the fogging oil through out the entire engine, crank,crank bearings,wrist pin bearing rings lands etc. The fogging oil is more like a lube that will keep the engine parts from rusting, so issue spraying through the carb it's not sticky like filter oil. Fogging oil can be pored into the fuel tank and then run let the bike runs for a few mintue or longer until it starts to choke and smoke on the fogging oil. Drain the tank.
 

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Yeah getting to be that time of the year again.... mid 60's-80's with a little breeze :)
 

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I dunno? Maybe go ride in the snow? :whoa:
 
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Just put some studs in the tires and keep riding. That why you don't have to worry about winterizing it.
 
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Yes indeed...go riding! Nothing like riding in the snow. :)

And you don't need studs for snow, just for ice! :nod:

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quick question my bike has been having a hard time starting lately and its been 28 degrees fareheit is it because its cold? or something else
 

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Rotorranch said:
Yes indeed...go riding! Nothing like riding in the snow. :)

And you don't need studs for snow, just for ice! :nod:

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The studs aren't just for the ice, it's the frozen earth beneath the snow. I shot down a 10' drop once, and the ground was frozen, landed a little front heavy and the bike shot out from under me, sending me into a tree ... the bruise was from my knee cap to my hip bone :yikes: