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Offline sezian

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How long left standing
« on: March 25, 2020, 08:31:27 AM »
I've not ridden my bike for months (for one reason or another), it has been started a few times without any problems and I do keep the battery charged.

But my question is how long can it stand in the garage without a problem?

Do the injectors get bunged up?
Does the fuel go off?
Does the oil not get hot enough?
Do the tyres go square? (Not really a question)

So please enlighten me, if I continue to start and run the bike every few weeks will it be okay or is there a real purpose for actually getting out and riding it. Apart from the freedom, enjoyment, wind in the hair etc etc.

Offline mcinlb

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Re: How long left standing
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 08:40:28 AM »
A mate of mine always puts some fuel stabiliser in his tank if the bike is going to be stored for a while. I , assuming you have a centre stand, will prop up the front wheel to keep both off the ground.
Other than that a thorough coating of ACF50 over everything EXCEPT wheels and brake parts...

Offline KildareMan

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Re: How long left standing
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2020, 08:41:56 AM »
If it starts and idles ok then leave it warm up fully. No issues = no problems. Trite but true
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Re: How long left standing
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2020, 08:57:54 AM »
Flat spotting the tyres is a potential issue.
Keep the tyres pumped up harder than normal and rotate the wheels from time to time to make sure that the weight is not sitting on the same spot for a long period.

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Re: How long left standing
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2020, 09:17:27 AM »
Why not just take your bike out for a quick spin just 10 miles or so - that way, you exercise the brakes clutch gearbox etc and have some fun too!

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Re: How long left standing
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2020, 09:48:25 AM »
Try not to leave the tyres in contact with a concrete floor as it can affect the rubber.  I stand the tyres of my bike on prices of old carpet.

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Re: How long left standing
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2020, 03:27:52 PM »
Sadly, this topic is of increasing relevance in Europe right now... :003:

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Re: How long left standing
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2020, 03:36:46 PM »
For too many years to bother counting, I've left bikes over the winter (5 months usually)
I'm yet to do anything other than throw a cover over them and I'm yet to have any issues or notice any deterioration.

It'll be just fine looking after itself
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Re: How long left standing
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2020, 06:50:30 PM »
Those of us living in seasonal climates are used to "winterizing" our mechanical toys and tools. The drill is the same every late autumn. Clean, stabilize, attach battery tender and cover up. There are differing opinions about firing up the motor occasionally. Most "experts" say not to do it since there is moisture related to not fully warming all components and therefore damage might occur to metal parts as well as condensation in the motor might mix with oil. Tires don't seem to get flat spots with modern tires. It is a good idea to keep the hoops off a cold hard floor such as concrete.
There's also differing opinion about changing oil before  storage or after.


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Re: How long left standing
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2020, 10:19:52 AM »
I have left bikes for several months before with no issues.
How long do some second hand bikes get left in dealers?
Unless you're storing for upwards of several months ivwouldntvworry about anything.
Just disconnect the battery.


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