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Unread post by BuzZz » Mon Oct 03, 2005 8:23 pm

For any and all interested parties, here is a very good article written by The Commander.... aka Mike, that details most all concerns you may have. Give it a read, it's worth it.

http://totalmotorcycle.com/maintenance/ ... torage.htm
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Unread post by rapidblue » Wed Oct 12, 2005 10:43 am

good read I do have a questions though, since my bike is an old piece of sh@# and I am running premix (about 32:1) can I still use stabil and leave the gas/oil in the tank or do I have to do something different because of the premix?


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Unread post by BuzZz » Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:36 am

You can just treat your pre-mix like straight gas. Stabilize away.....
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Unread post by rapidblue » Fri Oct 14, 2005 9:48 am

right on

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Unread post by oldnslo » Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:56 pm

Winterize? My only acknowledgement of winter is to wear warmer riding clothes. Never, or nearly never snows or freezes in the vacation paradise where I live. :)
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Unread post by flynrider » Tue Oct 18, 2005 7:45 pm

I can relate. Here in PHX winter is the time of year you can go out riding without fear of heat stroke. It's some of the best riding weather we get all year.
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Unread post by BuzZz » Wed Oct 19, 2005 2:14 am

Oh, "pee"-off, the both of ya's. :wink:

Your just jealous that you can't store your bike away for months while you sit there depressed and freezing your nuts off..... no wait, that's not right............

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Unread post by oldnslo » Sat Oct 22, 2005 4:31 pm

A generous supply of strong alcoholic beverages helps you to at least think you aren't depressed, even if you are.
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Unread post by Shorts » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:16 pm

Remove the spark plugs and pour a tablespoon (5 cc) of clean engine oil or spray fogging oil into each cylinder. Be sure to switch off the fuel before you crank the engine or else you may refill the drained carbs! Also, ground the ignition leads to prevent sparks igniting any fuel residue. Turn the engine over several revolutions to spread the oil around and then reinstall the plugs. Refitting the plugs before cranking the engine could result in a hydraulic lock if too much oil was used in the cylinder.
Ok, dumb question time - how do I crank the engine over without running it? I'm assuming this is manually cranking it, but how? Is it just a matter of spinning the rear tire? Or am I completely off?

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Unread post by Sev » Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:15 pm

Hit the starter with no gas in the carbs?
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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Unread post by flynrider » Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:09 pm

Sevulturus wrote:Hit the starter with no gas in the carbs?
And we won't even mention the lack of spark plugs :laughing:

Shorts, all you want to do is to make the engine revolve slowly to distribute the oil to the cylinder walls. Electric (or kick start, if you have it) will do the job just fine.
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Unread post by Shorts » Mon Oct 30, 2006 9:06 pm

flynrider wrote:
Sevulturus wrote:Hit the starter with no gas in the carbs?
And we won't even mention the lack of spark plugs :laughing:

Shorts, all you want to do is to make the engine revolve slowly to distribute the oil to the cylinder walls. Electric (or kick start, if you have it) will do the job just fine.

Ok, so hitting the starter is the way to turn the engine over then.

Yeah, no spark plugs installed during this in case of too much oil in cylinders. And no plugs = no spark for ignition.

And fuel petcock OFF, so no gas to be ignited if there were plugs.

Do I understand that correctly?


I was thinking like you do in vehicles to turn the engine over by hand in order to get the distributor seated and for timing.

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Unread post by BuzZz » Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:16 am

There is also that little 'Run-Stop-Run' switch on the bars. You will want that in the 'Stop' or 'Off' position. :wink:
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Unread post by flynrider » Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:35 pm

Shorts wrote:Ok, so hitting the starter is the way to turn the engine over then.

Yeah, no spark plugs installed during this in case of too much oil in cylinders. And no plugs = no spark for ignition.

And fuel petcock OFF, so no gas to be ignited if there were plugs.

Do I understand that correctly?
You've got it! You turned the fuel off in step 3, and in step 4 you only need to run the starter for a few revolutions to coat the cylinder walls with oil.
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Unread post by Shorts » Tue Oct 31, 2006 6:40 pm

Thanks flynridr.

BuzZz wrote:There is also that little 'Run-Stop-Run' switch on the bars. You will want that in the 'Stop' or 'Off' position. :wink:
ok BuzZz, you threw me for a loop lol The switch in the OFF position when I hit the START button? Its not making sense as I don't recall that my bike turns over at all if its in the OFF position. I know I've hit the START a few times when working there on the bars and got nothing in the OFF position.

Does the engine turn and I not feel or know it??? Do I really look dumb now???

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Unread post by BuzZz » Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:03 pm

I don't know about your bike, but any bike I've ever had anything to with would turn over with this switch (commonly called the 'kill switch') in off. All it deos is ground the spark to the plugs.

It is common to see someone trying to start their bike for several minutes, then realize the switch is in the wrong position. Flick it to run, and it runs.... :shock: and they ride off sheepishly.

I myself have never done this of course.... :whistling:

not that you'll ever prove, anyways....

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Unread post by Veda » Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:52 pm

So, if I change my oil now and having it sitting all winter, will the oil still be good for a few thousand miles come the spring?

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Unread post by Skier » Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:46 pm

BuzZz wrote:I don't know about your bike, but any bike I've ever had anything to with would turn over with this switch (commonly called the 'kill switch') in off. All it deos is ground the spark to the plugs.

It is common to see someone trying to start their bike for several minutes, then realize the switch is in the wrong position. Flick it to run, and it runs.... :shock: and they ride off sheepishly.

I myself have never done this of course.... :whistling:

not that you'll ever prove, anyways....

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For what it's worth, every bike I've owned doesn't turn the starter if the kill switch is engaged (set to off/stop). But that's only a whopping three bikes.
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Unread post by Sev » Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:55 pm

Same here.
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Unread post by sharpmagna » Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:44 pm

My Magna turns over though doesn't start when the kill switch is set so I guess it depends on the bike.
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