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mrcrum

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Maintaining a rideable bike?
« on: September 15, 2017, 01:37:49 AM »

I have a question about maintaining a bike so that it will be ready to ride after a few months or more of inactivity.  My son has gone off to join the Navy and I have been relegated to maintaining his bike for him so that it is ready to ride when he has time off.  Ive never owned a bike myself but have gained a lot of experience from teaching him to repair his.  Honed cylinders, replaced rings and pistons, lapped and adjusted valves, rebuilt and balanced carbs, changed tires chain and sprockets, brakes, etc.  I noticed from looking into balancing the carbs that the bike is only sufficiently cooled if it is moving and it was recommended that you put a fan on the motor if it is going to idle for any length of time.  So I figured that starting it on the weekend and letting it run for a while might not be the correct thing to do.  Does anyone have any suggestions or advice as to what I should do to keep it in good shape, without being able to ride it?  I ride it around the back yard a little but I don't have a very big back yard and am not confident enough yet to take it out on the road.  Thanks!!
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Re: Maintaining a rideable bike?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017, 02:05:32 AM »

Add some injector cleaner (or something to specifically stop the fuel from going off) and brim the tank.

Add some form of battery tender trickle charger.

If you have stands, that'll stop the tyres from getting flat spots.

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Re: Maintaining a rideable bike?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017, 07:25:54 AM »

Fuel stabiliser?

EDIT Might I add, congratulations on your son honing the navy!
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Re: Maintaining a rideable bike?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2017, 09:34:41 AM »

Add some injector cleaner (or something to specifically stop the fuel from going off) and brim the tank.

Add some form of battery tender trickle charger.

If you have stands, that'll stop the tyres from getting flat spots.

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Yep - I lay my bike up for the winter months and do what's listed above - full tank of gas, trickle charge conditioner (I don't leave this on all winter, just periodically, say, over the weekends) and if you don't have stands to get the tyres up off the ground, add a few pounds pressure.

I always clean, polish and lubricate thoroughly before storing..... I've never had any problem when the bike goes back on the road, although I have put some injector cleaner in the first few tankfuls in the spring, just to make sure everything is clean (EFI bike).
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Re: Maintaining a rideable bike?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2017, 04:49:10 PM »


For mine, I drain the tank (because I don't have a fuel tap) and put it in a garage.
Then when I'm back in a few months, put fuel back in the tank, and start it up.

Wouldn't get complicated unless it's being parked on grass, or for several years.
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Re: Maintaining a rideable bike?
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2017, 12:00:46 AM »

You know, if it's only for a few months, I wouldn't do much at all. Keep it dry in a garage or shed. Disconnect the battery at the negative terminal. If it's longer, more than 6 months, put fuel stabilizer in it (the recommended amount) and fill the tank. I wouldn't empty it personally for fear of rust inside the tank. Maybe let it idle for a minute or two to keep things flowing every week or so. Keep the tires inflated at the recommended pressure. Whatever you do, don't leave it outside! These things are the Ritz for rodents.
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Re: Maintaining a rideable bike?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2017, 11:34:01 AM »

All that has been said especially keep covered and inside.
Any dew will attract dust which will lead to corrosion.

I see no need to start an EFI bike periodically.
With carb models the fuel can and does dry up in the carbs which can lead to a gummed up fuel system, so starting the engine every couple of weeks to flush through the old fuel is a must.

Lead acid batteries will self discharge at a rate of approx. 1% per day. As little as half a dozen times that you half flatten a battery can kill it permanently. If you don't own a low amperage (motorcycle) intelligent multistep charger that can be left attached permanently, consider buying one. Most come with a connector you permanently attach to the battery and then just plug in when you need to charge or maintain.
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Re: Maintaining a rideable bike?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2017, 02:51:27 PM »

Thanks for all the advise.  I have an open shed that it is stored in.  It has three walls and one open side with a dirt floor so I bought a breathable motorcycle cover for it.  I also purchased an  intelligent multistep charger that is meant to be left attached until you want to ride the bike.  I filled the tank and added stabilizer and plan to start it for a couple minutes each weekend.  I also plan to build a little box to sit the frame on to keep the tires out of the dirt.  If it is to much of a pain to put it on the box I may decide to buy one of those little motorcycle center jacks that you operate with your foot, I might buy one anyway since it would have come in real handy when we were working on it.  Thanks!!
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Re: Maintaining a rideable bike?
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2017, 02:10:42 PM »

If it's a gv 250 keep the chain cleaned and lubed they get a coat of rust on them quickly when outside. Ride it once a week like you have been to keep the brakes cleaned up that way
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