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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-04-2017, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Question Questions about a bike sitting idle for 2 years

I have a 2001 MV Agusta F4 w/10k miles on it. We're moving about 15 miles in 2 weeks, but I haven't started my bike in 2 years (was planning to do some much needed maintenance in the next few months). I have a new battery, and a siphon pump to get most of the gas out of the tank, but what about the left-over gas? Is there any sort of fuel additive I should put in the tank?
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Apart from the obvious like fit a new battery and being careful not to reverse the polarity,
I would strongly suggest change the oil and filter before doing even a trial start up.
Over time water which can condense in the engine will make its way to the sump. I've seen it in an F4 engine and it turns the oil into a frothy coffee like mess.
This is the last thing you want circulating around your engine.
I'd change the coolant and replace brake and clutch fluid m. Be worth cleaning the calipers too.
Check the chain tension and the hub bearings at front are not notchy.
The rear hub I would service.
Tyres condition too.
In short..it warrants a good thorough service but definitely wouldn't do a let's see if it runs warm up on the old oil.
Fuel tank...Take the tank off and service the fuel pump. New filter and lines..
Swish a pint of clean fuel around in the tank to clean it ..check it's rust free. I've seen rust on the inside top surface of the tank where moisture condenses.
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Well... The move came about quickly, so currently pretty busy getting things packed. The tires are 3 years old, and the bike has been stored in my garage the entire time, so no issues there. Chain looks good (both visually and tension wise). Concerned about the hub because of the age (replacement was one of the things on my winter to-do list). Same with new fuel lines and filter. I have oil and a filter, so will take care of that.

Just concerned about the fuel, because I have never let a bike sit for more than a month or two, let alone 2 years!
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If you didn't use a fuel stabilizer, then you will need to do what Joe suggested.
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Apart from the obvious like fit a new battery and being careful not to reverse the polarity,
I would strongly suggest change the oil and filter before doing even a trial start up.
Over time water which can condense in the engine will make its way to the sump. I've seen it in an F4 engine and it turns the oil into a frothy coffee like mess.
This is the last thing you want circulating around your engine.
I'd change the coolant and replace brake and clutch fluid m. Be worth cleaning the calipers too.
Check the chain tension and the hub bearings at front are not notchy.
The rear hub I would service.
Tyres condition too.
In short..it warrants a good thorough service but definitely wouldn't do a let's see if it runs warm up on the old oil.
Fuel tank...Take the tank off and service the fuel pump. New filter and lines..
Swish a pint of clean fuel around in the tank to clean it ..check it's rust free. I've seen rust on the inside top surface of the tank where moisture condenses.
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im in the same boat here, so can you change oil and filter cold? I thought u had to warm up the bike first to get the oil hot

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My approach would be:
Drain it cold, let it dribble out for some time. Then refill, run for a heat cycle, then dump it and refill.

If I hadn't started it at all through the storage time, I would also be pulling the cam cover and plugs to manually oil the top end, as those surfaces will be dry. Probably overkill, but I can rest easier, knowing I have done everything possible to stop bare metal to metal contact.
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Thanks for all the advice. Since I'm short on time, I will just change the oil, empty the tank, and replace the external fuel lines (I'll do the fuel filter and internal fuel lines over the winter).
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Replace the INTERNAL fuel lines and change the fuel filter while you're in there
Leave the clutch and brake fluids alone......they are sealed systems
You get the motor hot.....any moisture boils off and goes out the breather
Check chain tension
Reduce hub pinch bolt torque to 20Nm/15lbft

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