Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Kingston, ON, Canada
I've stored several bikes, including my V outside during our long Canadian winters without any major problems. Here is what I do:
Wash and wax the bike.
Fill fuel tank and add fuel stabilizer, then ride the bike to make sure the fuel/stabilizer mix reaches the injectors.
Once engine is warmed up, I then change oil and filter.
I block the intakes and exhaust with some small foam balls I found at the dollar store.
Remove the battery and bring it inside and charge it with a small 1-2amp charger once a month.
Lubricate the cables with WD40.
Lube the ignition, gas cap and seat locks with WD40.
Lube the chain with chain lube or WD40 to make sure that it is well bathed so it survives the winter rust free.
Depending on how cold it gets where you are, I always check to make sure my antifreeze is good to at least -29degrees C. If I'm not sure, I loosen the radiator cap and cover it with a plastic bag, that way if it does freeze it won't crack your rad.
Reduce the tire pressure and put plywood under the tires. I have stands, so the wheels are off the ground.
I cover the fork lowers with WD 40 to inhibit rust.
I bring the seat in.
I put a water proof plastic over the battery box and fuse box and tape it in place.
I then cover the bike with a good motorcycle cover and make sure it well tied in place. I then put another plastic tarp over the bike and again make sure its well tied down.
Give some consideration as to where you will store it for the winter. If possible a car port is best, but behind or beside the house, and out of the prevailing wind will help keep excess snow and ice off. Try to keep it way from large trees that might drop some branches during a winter storm.
In the spring she'll be ready to go, and in good shape.