To fill up the tank or not?
November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm #2318
I’m in IL and it’s going to hit 70 today and tomorrow before diving in temp and getting wet. Conditions I don’t ride in. I will need gas today but I’m unsure if I should just fill up as usual. If I do and then the weather stays bad I may need to winter the bike with whatever is in the gas tank. I can add some stabilizer but I’m not sure if you can have too much gas sitting there?
I won’t stop riding till I have too. If we get some ok afternoons in November I can go home for lunch and ride back in. I’m leaning towards filling her up unless that’s a bad idea.November 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm #14566bob250Participant
I googled “how to winterize a motorcycle” and am glad I won’t have to do any of it. If you are going to really put it away for the winter then fill the tank up and add seafoam or sta-bil or whatever. Also, drain the floats, change oil, lube cyclinders, etc, etc. If it was me, I would just warm the bike up every now and then and take it out around the block if the weather permits.November 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm #14567
Thats what the guy who sold me the bike does.November 4, 2008 at 4:35 pm #14568Blasphemy4kidzParticipant
Actually, you SHOULD have a full tank of gas (preferably high octane) and dump the indicated amount of stabilizer. As far as I’ve heard, that’s what you should do.
Here’s a GREAT guide for storing your bike for the winter: http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Trailers.html#Storage
I quote from that site “Gasoline oxidizes as it ages. This produces varnish as a byproduct, which is bad for carburetor jets and fuel injector outlets. To avoid this use a fuel stabilizer. Add the amount recommended on the bottle in the tank and fill the tank completely with gasoline – a full gas tank won’t rust internally. Run the engine for a couple minutes to warm up the engine oil and to get the stabilizer into your carbs/fuel injectors. “
Hope that helps.November 4, 2008 at 5:59 pm #14569CandiceParticipant
Hey Andrew, I filled up my tank in Joliet just this morning! I love this weather! I even went on a ride for my lunch time today. You are suppose to have a full gas tank when you winterize your bike and then you add stabilizer. So fill er up and get riding before it turns cold and rainy on Thursday!November 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm #14581
I filled her up. Gives me an excuse to try and ride as much as I can. Cost me $6.60. Gotta love that.
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