|These motorcycle tips are based on a 1999
Buell S3 Thunderbolt but the basics apply to most other motorcycles.
- Change Oil and Oil
- Change Transmission
- 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
- 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.