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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 11-07-2007, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Question about parking for the winter

Well since i live in Pittsburgh PA Its time I put the bike in the garage for the winter. Question is should i start it like once a week and let it idle? Does the battery go dead quick? Any advice about this would be welcomed.
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trickle charge the battery or plan to get a new one after one or two years. I did not start mine last year and it was fine, but it was also in my apartment living room.

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my advice is definately do NOT start it weekly...in fact 1) throw in some fuel stabilizer 2) pull the battery and trickle charge it 3) plug holes as much as possible (exhaust, intake, etc.) 4) turn your fuel lever to off 5) let it sit

when you start up the bike cold and let it run it warms up (obviously)...the problem with this is that cold to hot creates condensation which is bad for multiple reasons 1) sitting water + metal = rust and 2) water + cold = ice which can damage stuff when it freezes and expands, or even worse when it moves through the bike the next time you start it

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I always change my oil and filter before storing the bike for the winter months. Dirty oil has acid in it from engine combustion. I always insure my gas tank is full to the top and the correct amount of fuel stabilizer is added. You don't want any condensation in the gas tank. I have a battery tender hard wired directly to the battery terminals with the battery tender quick disconnect plug. Which I leave plugged in the entire winter. I have had my 2006 ZZR since October of 2005 and this will be its third winter on the original factory battery. In the past two springs I have engaged the choke and the bike has started right up with no problems after being stored from late December to early March. I also put my bike on stands and cover it with a bike cover in my garage.

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I use the exact method that ZZRrocket does. The battery tendor gets plugged into the connector, Sta-Bil (correct amt.) and a full tank of gas for my bike. Have not had a battery issue during winter storage with this bike or previously own cycle.
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Or go to your autozone and get the same exact charger ZZRocket has the link to and get it for $29.99 whenever you want it.

If your autozone has it.

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Or go to your autozone and get the same exact charger ZZRocket has the link to and get it for $29.99 whenever you want it.

If your autozone has it.
That link was to show an example of what I have for a battery charger. Got mine at my discount dealership price of $26.95


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Ouches...but not all of us have the in with the discount dealer price.

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yep never start it unless you plan to ride 20 miles
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What do you guys think about bike covers? Will the cheapest cover I can find on ebay do the trick? Or is there something I should know about here?
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cheap covers will deterioate over time if you leave the bike outside exposed to the elements it happend to my buddy after 4 months with his 20 dollar wal mart cover it started flaking apart i have the same cover and keep mine in a big shed and have had no issues
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What do you guys think about bike covers? Will the cheapest cover I can find on ebay do the trick? Or is there something I should know about here?
Where are you storing the bike? I have a CoverMax Deluxe Motorcycle Cover for when I store my bike for the winter in my garage. I cover my bike regardless. During the riding season I use an old sheet.
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yeah a good quality cover like that should do the trick the materials are probly alot better for changing conditions than a 20 dollar wal mart special
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The bike will be in a garage, but I'd still like to keep it covered.
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Anyone know the cheapest place to get a Battery tender JR? i saw a few cheap prices but then the shipping made it jsut as much as the not so cheap places
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