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Bike Storage advice needed

Going to be storing the old girl for about 6 months. Wanting to know if anyone had any sound advice on things I may need to do. Empty the tank, Drain the oil, leave it up on stands, or just leave it alone and let it sit? My wife could crank it for me from time to time but if its not really ridden is it even worth it just to start it and let it run. Also, what kind of things am I looking to have to do when I get back. She is a bone stock 2000 with 6000 miles.

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Going to be storing the old girl for about 6 months. Wanting to know if anyone had any sound advice on things I may need to do. Empty the tank, Drain the oil, leave it up on stands, or just leave it alone and let it sit? My wife could crank it for me from time to time but if its not really ridden is it even worth it just to start it and let it run. Also, what kind of things am I looking to have to do when I get back. She is a bone stock 2000 with 6000 miles.
Fill the tank up with fuel and add Stabil to the tank to preserve it. A full tank will prohibit if not prevent rust from forming in your tank. Stabil will keep the fuel fresh. An automatic battery tender is a good idea to keep the battery maintained.

Change the oil and filter too before the long storage period. This will prevent acid etching of internal parts cause by old oil being left in crank cases.



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6 months isn't that long really.
I'd also disconnect the battery and maybe get the tyres off the ground with stands.

If it were a couple of years + preparation for storage would be quite different...

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Second the stands. Good cleaning, lube the chain up and a cover. With fresh oil, full tank of stabilized fuel and a battery tender.

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What the others said; no need to "mothball" the bike for a relatively short 6 month storage timeframe.

Adding Stabil to a full tank of fuel is a VERY good idea. Don't forget to start/run the engine for a few minutes after pouring in the Stabil though (read the directions on the back of the bottle).

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I'd be cautious of humidity too. If you cover the bike, make sure the cover is breathable. I'd also plug the pipes so critters don't get inside if it's in a shed.

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