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Winterize your Motorcycle

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Don Scott
1999 Buell S3 Pro Series
These motorcycle tips are based on a 1999 Buell S3 Thunderbolt but the basics apply to most other motorcycles.
  • Change Oil and Oil Filter
  • Change Transmission Fluid
  • Drain Float Bowl, Fuel Line and Gas Tank completely on carburated engines.
  • For the injected version disconnect fuel pump power supply under tank. Start engine and run fuel line dry then drain the gas tank completely.
  • An alternate way is to add Fuel Conditioner (both carbureted and DDFI engines). Completely fill tank with gas and run the engine long enough for conditioned fuel to reach injectors or float bowls.
  • Remove Battery and keep it charged up over the winter.
  • Wash and dry the motorcycle.
  • This is a good time to inspect the entire motorcycle for defects including tires, brakes, isolator bushings, controls and electrical glitches, etc.
  • Take note of what your motorcycle may need for the new riding season. You have all winter to get the parts you need and have it ready by Spring. If you take it one day at a time any project, large or small will be done in plenty of time to enjoy your motorcycle when the season warms up.
  • Prop your motorcycle on a suitable stand and cover for the winter in a safe and dry place. The Lock it or lose it rule applies as well.

These simple steps will keep your motorcycle well conditioned for the next riding season and should be practiced when you will be storing it for any length of time.


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