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I was just woundering what the best way is to store my 84 aspencade 1200. Do I fill the tank up and add anti gel or drain it all the way until everything is dry? How about the crank case do I fill it all the way to the fill hole and drain the rest out next spring? Does anyone have any exprience with storing there bike where you know mice are and what to do. I am going to get the right stuff to rid myself of the mice but is that a good idea? Someone said don't cover the bike then thats when the little shi.....start building there nest. Leave it uncoverd???? I like to thankanyone who replies inadvance.



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not familiar with storing as i ride most all year, don't recommend leaving empty as seals tend to dry out. stabil is a good product, also i believe seafoam prevents varnish during storage. mice, chain a cat to bike:Djk, possibly sticky traps around bike. if stored in garage i think no cover is good idea. battery tender and starting once a week so she knows you haven't forgotten about her, they're very temperamental when neglected:D:action::waving: good luck and i'm sure someone with more exp. with subject than i will chime in
 

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Fuel: full tank with half can of seafoam to stabilize it.
Oil: Brand new oil, not over the specified amount.

procedure: wash and wax the bike protect all plastics with stuff such as armor-all and you can use WD-40 to protect chrome. Start the bike till normal operating temp. close fuel petcock till she dies, drain the remaining fuel from the float bowls. While she is still warm, drain all the oil and remove oil filter. Add new oil and install new filter. remove battery and keep it on the tender or somewhere warm (like inside the house). Dont start the bike after the new oil or it will be contaminated. park the bike in the center stand, get some wooden blocks under the engine to lift the front wheel (both in the air). cover the bike with soft cloths or a bike cover.

say goodbye till spring!

source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G77BXjI5mcc
 

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William_86 wrote:
Dont start the bike after the new oil or it will be contaminated.
My understanding of the oil changing process is to protect the internals of the motor from the acids of the combustion process. If this is true, what about the residual oil contaminating the new oil? What about the "old" oil, containing the acids,remaining on the bearings and the bearing surfaces?

I am NOT disagreeing with the practice of leaving clean oil in the crankcase. I do it! It is that Ihave always had this nagging question.

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terry_208 wrote:
William_86 wrote:
Dont start the bike after the new oil or it will be contaminated.
My understanding of the oil changing process is to protect the internals of the motor from the acids of the combustion process. If this is true, what about the residual oil contaminating the new oil? What about the "old" oil, containing the acids,remaining on the bearings and the bearing surfaces?

I am NOT disagreeing with the practice of leaving clean oil in the crankcase. I do it! It is that Ihave always had this nagging question.

Thanks, Terry
Hello Terry, you have a good point.. i get it. well its just a recommendation not to run the engine with the new oil. the remaining oil will eventually mix and by the spring will be already contaminated, another reason to use fresh oil when your riding season begins, if the engine internals remain quiet will just slow the process. i just advised what i've read in lots of pages cuz i have never winterized any vehicle or motorcycle. our winters here in mexico are not that cold. we ride all 4 seasons
 

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Storage??? oh yeah, that's the day it rains before i go to work!!:cooldevil:
 

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WOW Thanks guys I have learnt a lot today. I will try to do all of it. My wife will like the mouse trap as long as I don't fu... *&%(^&%*^ kill the darn things.
 

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Mice can't stand moth balls. Put them in small buckets and hang them all over the bike. To keep cats from crawling under the cover and sleeping on the seat put the old fashioned spring mouse traps on the seat.
 

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If you're that worried about residual old oil in the engine, after you have done your winterizing oil change, turn the fuel off, switch the ignition switch to OFF, then crank it for 10-15 seconds. Let it sit a couple minutes to cool the starter, then do it again. That will pump the fresh oil through the engine, without starting it.
 

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Very good idea i will also do that once again thank you to all.
 

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Bagmaster wrote:
Mice can't stand moth balls. Put them in small buckets and hang them all over the bike. To keep cats from crawling under the cover and sleeping on the seat put the old fashioned spring mouse traps on the seat.
no wonder bag. you ever smell mothballs? [ how'd you get your nose between those little legs]?:cooldevil::cooldevil::cooldevil::cooldevil::cooldevil::cooldevil::cooldevil::cooldevil::cooldevil::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::dude::dude::dude::dude::dude::dude::action::waving:
 

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Here in South Texasour winter last year was Feb 6 & 7. So I would not be much help. I do have a question as for fuel. My 82 sits most of the time how long until fuel breaks down?
 

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not sure how long it takes to turn to varnish, one day it's fine next pooey. a little stabil per inst. and it'll last long time:action::waving:
 
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