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Old 08-22-2014, 02:36 PM   #1
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Question Winter storage for GSA?

This will be the first winter that I will not have a garage for my GSA. I have a shed i can store it in out of the weather but cannot avoid the temperatures. Should I take the battery out? Leave it in with a battery tender on it. What happens to the gauges?
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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Fuel Stabilizer
Leave battery in with battery tender
Gauges ???
I did this for three years no problem

I would start it periodically it will help the computer

Put studs on it and ride it.

I've got a sidecar now that I ride year round and keep in a shed.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:52 PM   #3
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I agree with Alaskahack except the occasional start part. If started for a short period of time,especially in the cold, you will accumulate moisture inside the engine and bad things will happen. Normally this vents out the breather tube as we ride. If you can't run it up to operating temperature for a while each time it's started, better to leave it alone. You might think about fogging the cylinders with oil also. Or moving to Arizona.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:52 PM   #4
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Eek

Lube everything before you mothball it.

StaBil in the tank and run it for 5 minutes to get it in the lines.

Personally, I'd pull the battery and take it inside the house. Put it on the tender in there. I had a battery burst on me once while living in ID (it was on a tender in an un-heated garage at -16F).

When you thaw, throw some dry-gas in the tank (methanol). Go for a nice ride to get it up to temp and then change the oil.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:22 PM   #5
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I meant get it up to temp, but in my case I just start and ride lol.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:37 PM   #6
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I have a few bikes and have better luck with bringing batteries indoors and
occasionally putting it on the tender. Shelf time is less of a problem with
AGM type batteries like the Odyssey, indoors or outside. But I always
disconnect the negative battery cables no matter where they are stored,
(some are in the un-heated connex, some are in the shop.)
Stabil in the gas after last ride, air up tires to recommended max and forget
about it till spring. Fogging is a good idea too but I rarely do that.
Cold won't hurt anything.
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:09 AM   #7
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My advice is to start it as frequently as you can and let it heat up. Seems like the longer anything sits between runnings, the more problems you seem to have.
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Old 08-23-2014, 03:05 AM   #8
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really interesting feedback from you folks up north and effects of cold temps on AGM batteries. for you folks in the start GSA camp, what's the typical temps and cranking times before starting?
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:28 AM   #9
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:57 AM   #10
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Lots of good advice here and adding stabilizer doesn't hurt but I've never had any problems storing engines for 1 season. It's when they are stored for 2 or more years that fuel can become the issue. Mostly effects carbs and not the fuel injected engines. Alaska doesn't use ethanol in our gas so there isn't the affinity for water like the E gasoline down south. I would just pull the battery and forget about it. It will be fine for 6 months, the gas won't go bad that fast. I would drain float bowls or shut off the fuel and run them dry on any carbureted engines. Someone mentioned methanol but that's pretty much an old school de-icer and may harm components nowadays so isopropyl may be more appropriate. Shouldn't need either unless you got some bad gas somewhere.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:37 AM   #11
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Lots of good advice here and adding stabilizer doesn't hurt but I've never had any problems storing engines for 1 season. ....
It will be fine for 6 months, the gas (here) won't go bad that fast. I would drain float bowls or shut off the fuel and run them dry on any carbureted engines. ....
Yes too all of that. Store the bike where it stays cool or cold and not real warm. Very warm & the gas in the tank will go bad. Smells like varnish ... or something that sure ain't gas. Did that once years ago. : (
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:03 AM   #12
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Thank you for the advice. Stabil in the fuel, check. I will pull the battery and keep it inside on the tender. I was concerned with the cold having an affect on the gauge readings, asc/traction etc. Sounds like all should be fine in the spring. I can keep it in storage, just not heated storage.
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:24 PM   #13
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Thank you for the advice. Stabil in the fuel, check. I will pull the battery and keep it inside on the tender. I was concerned with the cold having an affect on the gauge readings, asc/traction etc. Sounds like all should be fine in the spring. I can keep it in storage, just not heated storage.
when storing an AGM inside, much better to charge once every few months. forget the tender as some of those can kill an AGM if left on charge long enough.
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