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Old 12-26-2009, 10:46 AM   #1
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I live in Boston, really cold here and I am a student that don't really have much money for winter storage. Is it possible that I ride my bike like every two weeks during the whole winter to keep it alive?

Thanks! sorry for my poor English, still learning.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:31 PM   #2
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You don't need to stor any bike for the winter. As long as there is no snow or ice on the ground, ride it. I do.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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If you have a place to park the bike when riding it; you can store it as well. You really only need to do 3 things:

Remove the battery. If you can afford it; get a $20 trickle charger. Make sure it's 2 amps, NOT a car charger with 6 amps. Most chargers have a circuit to prevent overcharging. If it's not a sealed battery, add water before and after storing.

Put "Sta-Bil," "Seafoam," or another gasoline stabilizer in the gas tank. Pay attention to the directions; don't add too much of the stabilizer. Fill the tank first so there is less room for condensation.

Cover the bike. A top-quality Dowco bike cover is about $60; WalMart etc. have them for much less.

When it's time to ride again, check the tire pressures, lube the chain, make sure all the lights are working etc. You should plan on an oil change after the first time out. There will be condensed water in the engine cases; let the bike get good and warm, then change the oil and filter.

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Old 12-26-2009, 12:46 PM   #4
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The worst winters here in Utah still have days above freezing. So I take the bikes out a couple of times when I can. They always start up even after sitting a couple of months. Just be sure to ride it enough to get it up to running temperature every couple of months and you should be fine.

Oh yeah, it's a good idea to put in some fuel stabilizer (cheap at walmart) if gas is going to stay in the tank more than a couple of months. With stabilizer it will stay good for a year.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:25 PM   #5
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Ignore these guys. Just park it and forget it. Mebbe toss an old sheet over it. If you don't put gunk into the bike - how can any crud get in the carbs, eh? Answer me THAT one! Any battery worth a damn will be just FINE come next year. If not - it deserves to die! (that's how we weed-out the weak and infirm 'round here)

And remember: Any problems you have at the beginning of the next riding season are SOLELY THE FAULT OF THE MANUFACTURER OF THAT P.O.S. SUMBIOTCHIN' BASTITCHES THAT WON'T MUTHAFARGIN' START THAT CRANKSUCKER!!!!!!!

It's either that - or become a 'Rounder(tm).
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:03 PM   #6
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Move to Florida everyones elses is doing it, derrrrr!
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Old 12-27-2009, 05:19 AM   #7
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Move to Florida everyones elses is doing it, derrrrr!
Not quite everybody.

Florida suffers 'dramatic' loss in population | HeraldTribune.com | Sarasota Florida | Southwest Florida's Information Leader
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:57 PM   #8
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Move to Florida everyones elses is doing it, derrrrr!


I spent 4 of the most miserable weeks of my life in Mayport while Das Boot was in dry dock. I honestly don't think even Oblama could print enough money to pay me to live there.. 99 degrees, 99% humidity and raining is not my idea of fun.
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I spent 4 of the most miserable weeks of my life in Mayport while Das Boot was in dry dock. I honestly don't think even Oblama could print enough money to pay me to live there.. 99 degrees, 99% humidity and raining is not my idea of fun.

Good thing you got back home where it will be 40 degrees for the next 4 weeks with 99% humidity and raining!
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Good thing you got back home where it will be 40 degrees for the next 4 weeks with 99% humidity and raining!
79% humidity here thank you, but the 40 degrees and rain keeps those meatballs from Utah from moving up here
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