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Well, i am headed on another trip soon and will not be around for a few months.

As most of you know my project has been sitting for three years, i keep clean oil in it and try to manually turn it over to keep the piston rings from rusting or sticking. Its also on front and rear stands. Since its been sitting for so long already and i will not be here to mess with it, i am thinking about pulling the plugs and "pickling" the motor....or maybe just removing the plugs and pouring a few ounces of mystery oil in and then turning it over to maybe help coat the rings. The internals on the motor are really my biggest concern because the bike has already sat for so long, just did the Mori cams last summer and i lubed them up pretty good as i knew they'd be sitting.

Not worried about fuel etc, as the tank is off and the bike is pretty bare right now.

Anybody have any specific techniques, suggestions, or tricks for storage?

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I stored mine for 3+ years gts....
I pulled the plugs and put some oil in and turned her over a few times and put the plugs back in, did it 1 time for every year of storage... as my dad ( AV TECH ) said to do....
Upon pulling it out 2 years ago, She fired pretty much instantly and have not had any problems at all.
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Funny my dad is also an aviation mechanic and told me to do the same thing. Thanks Duckhunter, i think that's what i'll do. Should to the trick.

I'll get the package in the mail tomorrow, i'm off of work so i can get it there nice and early. I'll get you a tracking number as well.

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I would make sure that you don't have anything that can possibly leak and damage the bodywork, or just pull the bodywork off. A leaky banjo bolt or reservoir hose can easily toast several hundred dollars of plastic.

Put it on stands to avoid flat spotting the tires. Tape off the snorkel and exhaust to avoid critters making new homes.

Unless the tank is completely dry I would fill it up and put some stabilizer in the gas. I would still drain and refill it once I was ready to fire it though. Otherwise just pull the pump and leave it somewhere where it can completely dry out, like inside an air conditioned room, then close it up. I usually pull the pump and cap then wipe it completely out and let it sit outside to air out the gas smell (or in the garage if the weather is crappy) then keep it inside where it is air conditioned.




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thanks b.miller, good advice. Luckily for me the tank is off and completely dry and open for air flow. Bike is up on stands (tires are already old and no good, just have them for rolling the bike around the garage right now) and all the bodywork is off.

The bodywork was a good point though, probably would not have thought about that if it was on. i'll be sure to pack the pipes too with some rags.

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No problem at all gts, If we both have our father's in AV and thats what they say well .... (Thats funny how we share that in common as well).... I think thats what we should do LOL, it also might not hurt to hand crank it a few times to get the oil pump to get oil to the top and wet up the valve stem seals and other valve train items too ??? just a thought

That is also a very strong point about using STABIL ... I can not recall how many people have asked me if their gas is bad....after 6-7 years LOL.
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I can not recall how many people have asked me if their gas is bad....after 6-7 years LOL.
gas? more like varnish at that point.

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Sta-Bil will only preserve fuel up to two years (per the bottle).
A full tank would at least prevent condensation (if still mounted on the bike).
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Star Tron and sta-bil are a must for nylon/plastic/CF tanks when using a fuel with ethanol as well. If you don't use a stabilizer, the water drawn in from the ethanol eventually starts warping the tank (don't ask me how i know). Both my Aprilias have nylon tanks. They either get 110 leaded fuel or get a additive like those two.

Whenever i go on long trips i try to either completely fill the tanks (unless its a nylon one) and add an additive or just use 110/AV gas or completely remove the tank from the bike and drain it.

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has anyone ever "pickled" their motor? as in completely filled it with oil? or is it better just to add a bit into the plug wells, manually turn it over, and not completely fill it?

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