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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-18-2017, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Winter bike storage and engine coolant...

I am going to stick my neck out and lay bare my total ignorance, but be gentle, my excuse is that my previous bikes have been air/oil-cooled...

My garage is not heated or particularly well-insulated. With the thermometer dropping close to 0 deg C, and likely to go well into the negative this winter, I am growing concerned about detrimental effects to the bike, particularly the cooling circuits.

I would expect that a bare minimum of anti-freeze is added from factory, does anyone have any numbers? What do usually do for winter conservation? Cryogenically preserve it with huge dose of anti-freeze, then replace for next season?

The obvious solution which will inevitably pop up is ‘bring her indoors’. While this IS physically possible, I’d like to avoid it as there will be a lot of tinkering over the winter and will be a hard sell to the missus!


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The anti-freeze installed at the factory is a 50/50 mix of ethylene glycol and water. This protects your engine down to -34C (-30F)

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YAY Concrete numbers - thanking you muchly!


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Probably been beaten to death but you could pull the battery and keep it on a tender at home. You wouldn't want to start the bike in the dead of winter anyway.

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Oh yes, will definitely have the batt on a tender, and mos def fire her up during the winter.. just to tearn things over, listen to the new exhaust, sniff the fumes.. you know...


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Tearn? Jeez where did that come from? I think I meant ‘turn’!


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Oh yes, will definitely have the batt on a tender, and mos def fire her up during the winter.. just to tearn things over, listen to the new exhaust, sniff the fumes.. you know...


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The tender is a good idea, randomly firing up the beast is not.


Unless the engine is driven up to normal operating temperature for a while, the moisture generated will not be driven out of the system and that might cause problems. Once laid up for the season, just let it sit on the tender until you are ready for the next ride.

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What Chuck said. Just start it up when its warm weather again. Your battery will be happier in your house, where it'll be warm and constant temp.

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Hmm... agree on running it up to op temp, but I hadn’t heard about this being a problem! What about the nuts whom fly around on their enduros, or even commute on big adv bikes with studded tires throughout the winter in this neck of the woods? Not to mention a myriad of other combustion engine-propelled stuff that runs up to high temps, is parked in freezing temps, then started again, at various intervals throughout winter?

I’m not suggesting you’re wrong, but would like to be educated on what the sensitivities are.

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@Eljono: You evidently didn't listen to what you read...see my signature....

I said that if you are going to get it up to NORMAL Operating TEMPERATURE for several minutes...implying at normal loading conditions...then all is well. (Just like all those IC engines running all winter)

But, if you just fire it up and shut it down for the sake of hearing it run and smelling the exhaust, then you aren't doing yourself any favors.
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