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#4561039 - 11/01/17 09:28 AM Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ...
LoneRanger Offline


Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 4060
Loc: Midwest USA
Time of year has arrived where I envy those living in better climate zones for riding. Still accessible for the odd day but now parked on center stand at back of garage, battery maintainer connected. Was able to put 1300 miles on since taking delivery Aug 29th. Filter and oils (three holes) changed out few weeks ago.
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#4561078 - 11/01/17 10:10 AM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1864
Loc: Chicago, IL
I'm feeling the same thing. Usually I commute here in Chicago on my bike until mid December, unless it gets snowy before then. But this past week has been COLD! These mid/upper 30 degree weather doesn't usually happen for another month.

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#4561089 - 11/01/17 10:18 AM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
blupupher Offline


Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 4424
Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
Yeah, it is sad to see all the posts about people putting the bike up for the winter.

While I only recently just got back into riding, I know I will be riding year long.
My ride to work is only 3 miles, so unless there is ice on the road, snowing (it does that maybe once a decade), or raining when I leave in the morning, I rid my bike to work. While I don't enjoy riding in the rain, the 5-10 minute ride home from work in the rain is not that bad. Last night my legs and shoes got soaked on the ride home last night.

Now I may not take long "joy rides" in the winter, I don't think it will be more than a week at a time that I don't ride.
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#4561095 - 11/01/17 10:31 AM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
bubbatime Offline


Registered: 03/18/08
Posts: 5627
Loc: South Florida
I'm just now pulling mine out for the most part. I LOVE the weather in the winter, and HATE the weather in the summer, so I do most of my riding October to March.
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#4561099 - 11/01/17 10:39 AM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5790
Loc: Michigan
Yep, put mine away too.
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#4561126 - 11/01/17 11:14 AM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 2006
Loc: VA
Still hoping for some warmer days before I put her to sleep - Errr, after putting a new battery in her!
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#4561169 - 11/01/17 12:05 PM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
MoreCowbellAz Offline


Registered: 02/05/15
Posts: 322
Loc: Phoenix, Az
I always feel a little sad for you guys when it's time to tuck the bike away for the winter. If you're like me you think of your bike as your friend, hate to put it away I'm sure. Here in Phoenix I ride all year round for the most part but my riding does go way down in the summer, just way too hot. But I don't have to store it or anything, it's still there in it's spot in the garage as always. The longest I go is about 2 weeks, there's plenty of higher elevation around to enjoy in the heat of the summer.

We just hit peak riding season now, I count my blessings on that.

Anyhow I feel for you guys, hope you get a some decent days sprinkled in over then winter.
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#4561217 - 11/01/17 12:44 PM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
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Registered: 08/11/05
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Loc: Leamington, ON, Canada ..... r...
Both of mine are in the shed but the keys are in them ...
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#4561239 - 11/01/17 01:07 PM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
02SE Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 2729
Loc: The Canyons
I won't give up until the snow is flying.

Today, it's paddle-shod dirt bike riding at the sand dunes. grin

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#4561293 - 11/01/17 02:23 PM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
Bambam Offline


Registered: 12/16/03
Posts: 900
Loc: Monroe,CT
Time to put mine up for winter, is it bad to suspend air shocks off the ground???I usually put my bike on a stand that will jack the bike completely off the ground, but had to replace my air shocks this past summer and wondered if I am doing them harm?
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#4561762 - 11/02/17 01:24 AM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
Silk Offline


Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4565
Loc: New Zealand
I ride year round, certainly when commuting, I'm out on my scooter everyday. The R65 gets a birthday over winter, maintenance done, but comes out on nice days. Lately every weekend has been wet or some family thing, I'll probably only get a couple of rides in before Xmas.
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#4562389 - 11/02/17 07:10 PM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
sw99 Offline


Registered: 03/22/06
Posts: 2120
Loc: Colorado
Sad day huh? I hope to get a couple more rides in before mine goes into hibernation before the snow comes in.
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#4562432 - 11/02/17 07:56 PM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
alarmguy Offline


Registered: 07/10/12
Posts: 2152
Loc: South Carolina
Wow ... I cant image putting it away for an entire winter. We will be in the 80s the next few days and looking forward to getting out for at least a little while. Maybe Ill get the trans oil changed and depending on mileage, the engine oil for a fresh winter fill.

It does/can get cold here smack in the middle of winter, where sometimes the bike can sit for up to 3 weeks if you dont hit the warm days just right on your days off from work, we have days that hit the 60s and its fun to get out, it feels like you are cheating winter, the sun is low in the sky, yet the temps in the 60s, put on a jacket and your good to go, at least while the sun is up anyway. I never started a ride with it less then 58 degrees or so, knowing the day would get warmer.



Edited by alarmguy (11/02/17 07:57 PM)
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#4562535 - 11/02/17 09:20 PM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: Bambam]
AMC Offline


Registered: 10/17/10
Posts: 893
Loc: South Eastern, CT
Originally Posted By: Bambam
Time to put mine up for winter, is it bad to suspend air shocks off the ground???I usually put my bike on a stand that will jack the bike completely off the ground, but had to replace my air shocks this past summer and wondered if I am doing them harm?


I am in CT too and I usually wait for the first week of December to put mine up. With how mild of a fall we are having, there should be plenty of good riding weather remaining.

As for your air shocks, yeah I wouldn't lift them off the ground. I just put carpet under the tires and store the bike that way. The carpet will prevent the tires from getting flat spots.

My storage routine is to wash and dry the bike, fill the gas tank up to the top with fresh gas, add K100MG fuel treatment, ride the bike into the garage, force sections of carpet under the tires, hook up a battery tender and throw a cloth cover over it. I also put a moth ball under the seat and on the ground under the bike. The mice got me last year because I forgot the moth balls. Not letting that happen again!
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#4564000 - 11/04/17 02:37 PM Re: Moved Motorcycle to Wintering Spot in Garage ... [Re: LoneRanger]
DuckRyder Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 4214
Loc: Atlanta
Hmmm. I rode one of mine... grin
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