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LAB-228-Winterizing Your Motorcycle-Best Practices

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station description Law Abiding Biker | Street Biker Motorcycle Podcast
Law Abiding Biker | Street Biker Motorcycle Podcast
Duration: 53:55
Official Website: https://www.lawabidingbiker.com There are many misconceptions about what to do when winterizing your motorcycle and we are going to clear it up in this podcast episode & article. It's actually a very easy process and easy to do. (Some links/pictures are affiliate links. No addition
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Official Website: https://www.lawabidingbiker.com There are many misconceptions about what to do when winterizing your motorcycle and we are going to clear it up in this podcast episode & article. It's actually a very easy process and easy to do. (Some links/pictures are affiliate links. No additional cost to you, but if you click through and make a purchase we get a small commission. It helps support us) Battery When winterizing your motorcycle, you don't need to remove the battery if you don't want to as it's just extra work.  Unless there is no power where you store your motorcycle.  Whether the battery is on or off the bike, make sure you plug the battery into a reliable “float” charger/maintainer/tender that reads feedback voltage from the battery and tops it off as needed. Don't use a “trickle” charger that constantly feeds a small amount of current to the battery nonstop as that will overcharge the battery. Check out this article and video I did on Lead Acid vs. Lithium-Ion batteries Get a battery tender here Don't start your engine up every now and then to "warm it up" after winterizing your motorcycle This is a very common mistake and we already released podcast episode #130 going over the reasons not to do this in detail. A cold start is hard on the engine.  Understand, that if you aren’t running the engine under load up to full operating temperature, moisture condenses out of the air into places water doesn’t belong. SUPPORT US AND SHOP IN THE OFFICIAL LAW ABIDING BIKER STORE Unless you are planning on going for an actual decent ride to burn off moisture and charge that battery up, then you are better off just not starting it at all.  Further, when it's cold outside the gasoline is less likely to evaporate. Your motorcycle purposely runs “rich” and compensates for this initially by adding more gasoline to the air-vapor mixture. That's the problem,  you're actually putting extra fuel into the combustion chamber to make it burn and some of it can get onto the cylinder walls. Gasoline is a great solvent and it can actually wash the oil off the cylinder walls if you run your motor in those cold idle conditions for an extended period of time. Over time, that can have a detrimental effect on the lubrication and life of things like piston rings and cylinder liners.  This can have a serious effect on the overall operating life of your motorcycle engine. Don't drain your fuel tank Leave the fuel tank full when winterizing your motorcycle and add a quality fuel stabilizer additive. If you empty the tank it's vulnerable to corrosion and dried out seals. For carbureted bikes, be sure to turn the petcock off and drain the carb bowls.   Get fuel stabilizer here Check your antifreeze on water-cooled bikes Just check the anti-freeze and make sure that it is not all water or that it has too high of a watery consistency. You can use a simple affordable Anti-Freeze Hydrometer to test what temps your anti-freeze is good for.  Get an Anti-Freeze Hydrometer here Use a good quality tarp or cover when winterizing your motorcycle.  If storing your motorcycle indoors, then a good quality dust cover will do. If outside, then a completely waterproof and breathable motorcycle cover is recommended. Make sure the outdoor cover fits well and will not blow around in the wind and rub the paint on your bike. The cover needs to breathe to allow any moisture inside the cover to escape.  Get a motorcycle cover here on Amazon Get a motorcycle cover here on Revzilla Tire pressure Before putting the motorcycle away, check the tires for proper inflation with a quality <a href="https://shop.lawabidingbiker.com/collections/cruztools-kits/products/cruztools-tirepro-dial-tire-gauge" rel="noopener noreferrer"
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in all mandatory. Let's break it down on some things you might consider doing based on your environment and your needs and how harsh your winters are. So let's start with this. I think this is a good one. Don't start your bike every week and I will tell you I fully admitted this. If you go to law abiding biker episode number 1 30 because you're supposed to how we grew up. So my dad taught me he didn't know any better, either. We did a full episode on the Me and Oscar, and it was a really good and I did great like written article, So please go to law abiding backer dot com forward slash 130 That's Episode 1 30. You could listen to it, and I will put a link to this in the show notes, which will be law abiding backer dot com forward slash Whatever episode number. This ends up being, so I'll link to it for you. But nonetheless, we did a very detailed article and on the podcast on that, So I want to go over a little bit because it's one of the higher points growing up. That's what we did, um, we would go out if we had car sitting. Me and my old man. Um, you know, it would be our responsibility if we had a few extra cars in the driveway to go out there and scrape him off and let him run for five or 10 minutes and then turn them off because you got to keep the things sealed lubricated. You've got to keep the fluids moving and all this kind of stuff. It's actually one of the worst things you could harder things on your motor that you could do. So I'm gonna run through this very quick. And this is from my article, based on information I research and from Oscar because he's obviously great knowledge of this kind of stuff. You better. He is a motor head. You're better off just letting your motorcycle sit unless you are actually going to write it. For a fair distance, you see idling your motorcycle and cold. Not only waste fuel, but it's also stripping oil from critical components that help your engine run, namely the cylinder and pistons. Normally, your motorcycle engine runs on a mixture of air and vaporized fuel. When that mixture enters a cylinder, a piston compresses it, which generates a combustion event powering the engine. When it's cold outside, the gasoline is likely to evaporate. Yeah, so when it's cold outside, I'm wrapping my head around this. The gasoline is likely to evaporate. Your motorcycle purposely runs rich and compensates for the, uh, initially by adding more gasoline to the air vapor mixture. That's the problem. You're actually putting extra fuel into the combustion chamber to make it burn, and some of it can get onto the cylinder walls. Gasoline is a great a solvent, and it can actually wash oil off the walls if you run your motor in this cold idol conditions for an extended period of time. Um, yeah, over time, that can have a detrimental effect on the lubrication and the life of things like piston rings and cylinder liners. This can have a serious effect on the overall operating life of your engine. Your motorcycle doesn't run rich the entire winner. It only happens when the gasoline is cold. Once your engine warms up to about 40 F, the car transfers of the motorcycle transfers a normal fuel consumption consumption rates. You might think by Aisling your motorcycle, you're warming it up, which will prevent this problem. Idling doesn't really get the engine up to temperature. And until that happens, the engine control modules GCM on the engine is going to keep sending enrich fuel mixture to the cylinders so that it can ensure that enough is evaporated for a consistent combustion event. The best and only real way to get your motorcycle and just temperature up is to actually go out and ride. If you can't ride because of ice and snow, then just don't start your bike at all when you write in those colder temperatures. Letting your motor run for about 30 seconds to a minute is a good standard before you take off. Once you take off, don't just immediately open up the throttle and rip it right general gently for a bit and give it time to warm up. Um, and you'll put unnecessary You put unnecessary stress on the engine. It could take 5 to 15 minutes for your engine warm up, depending on the driving conditions. Also, because your motorcycle is going to run a bit rich before the engine reaches 40 F, you're going to get lower gas mileage than usual. The myth started in an age when all motorcycles engines relied on car braiders. Then came the standard application of fuel injection. The main difference is that electronic fuel injection comes with a sensor that feeds the cylinders the right air fuel mixture to generate a combustion event. Car braiders run motorcycles lack this important sensor. If your gasoline was too cold, your car would run rich. It wouldn't run rich. It would simply stall out In those days, it was important to get the car breaker warm before driving eso. There's two things there about how long you should let your bike warm up and article e F I bike versus car bike, car by car, bike had to pull the choke and get that thing running. And it does have to warm up before it will keep running. Yeah, it's like 70. If I bike, does all the computer stuff and just dumps more fuel in there, yeah, so let it run for about 30 seconds and then and then go. Yep, absolutely. And I will tell you I violate that every day on my police bike because we just started up from cold. We have to go. That's amazing, honestly, that they just do that. You know what I mean? Eso But best case scenario, best practice would be so there's two different things. I hope I didn't confuse the audience. There's should you let your bike run just to run. And then that also kind of progressed into If you are going to go for a bike ride in the winter, should you like, How long should you let your bike warm up in all that kind of stuff? So the basic rule is Don't start your bike up every
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