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Hi there folks! I'm about 6 weeks late on getting my 97 1500 put away for winter. I was going to put it on the center stand, add some stabilizer to the gas and run it through for about 15 minutes and then pull the negitive cable and put a battery tender on the gel battery. Anything else that absolutley has to be done? Oil only has 200 miles on it.

Do I need to drain the carbs? Is there a way to do that, or is it neeeded?



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i wouldnt worry about draining the carbs its only going to set for a few months just pull the batt neg cable put the tender on it once a month or so cover it up and put mouse traps all around it

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I wouldn't drain the carbs either as long as you have stabilizer in them they should be okay. If you have a proper battery tender on the disconnected battery it shouldn't hurt it to leave it on.Be sure to pat her on the fender at least once a week and tell her how good it will be to ride again in the spring, you don't want a testy Goldwing.

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I wouldn't drain the carbs either as long as you have stabilizer in them they should be okay. If you have a proper battery tender on the disconnected battery it shouldn't hurt it to leave it on.Be sure to pat her on the fender at least once a week and tell her how good it will be to ride again in the spring, you don't want a testy Goldwing.
Ha ha! Good idea. I have been starting it and letting it run for about 20 minutes once a week because I was so busy I just didn't take time to winterize. Maybe I was hoping for that one last ride. With over 3 feet of snow on the ground here, it doesn't look like I will be riding anytime soon. Already counting the days until April!!

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Keep an eye open for a Feb thaw and get the snow suit on and get er out!

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Newday777, Not a whole lot of thawing usually going on here in the frozen tundra in February. Plus, there is so much sand, salt and gravel on the road until the first few spring rains. I might go to AZ in March, and I did conside renting a wing for a day while I am there.

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Thats what we would be waiting for in NH. Yes lots of salt and sand there too, and frost heaves. Had to get back before dark so the water wouldn't freeze on the roads.
I remember having to ride home in 5" of snow one April, 50 @ 7am, late morning snow was coming down big heavy flakes and piled up fast. Took 45 min to go 9 miles. Slipin and a slidin. We ended up with 2' of heavy wet snow that storm then ice, lots of broken tree limbs. Lost power for 4 days on a main numbered road. Enjoying the winters here, ride on over when you go for that ride, just north of San Diego on the coast. Lots of great riding roads in the mountains around here. Be happy to get together and ride.

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I wouldn't drain the carbs either as long as you have stabilizer in them they should be okay. If you have a proper battery tender on the disconnected battery it shouldn't hurt it to leave it on.Be sure to pat her on the fender at least once a week and tell her how good it will be to ride again in the spring, you don't want a testy Goldwing.
Don`t just pat the fender get alittle personal with her Do some cleaning & some cleaning like the wheels maybe even have them recleared that way she`ll be good with you in the spring !

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Have a look at http://www.goldwings-northwest.org.u...ave-partridge/

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Newday777, Not a whole lot of thawing usually going on here in the frozen tundra in February. Plus, there is so much sand, salt and gravel on the road until the first few spring rains. I might go to AZ in March, and I did conside renting a wing for a day while I am there.
Just to let you know, Snowman. I've ridden in heavy blizzard conditions, here in Arizona...IN JUNE!

But if you do come down in March, let me know. I'll see if I can find some ice-free riding for you.

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