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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-27-2018, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Short term storage. Anything I should do?

Broke my dang left ankle! So no rides for me. I would assume 4-6 weeks maybe longer if I need surgery for a pin. Have appointment later this week with a ortho doc.

Anything I should do in that amount of time for the bike?
I just filled up the tank and lubed the chain before it happened so its full and sitting on the paddock stand.
I have a lithium battery, so not sure I have to charge it. But should I let it run for a while once a week or something?



I'm in the desert its 115 deg, its parked in a garage.
This will be the first time I have gone for more than a day without riding...... its going to be hard. I had to fill up my truck for the first time in 2 months...ouch $70 vs $7.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-27-2018, 12:14 PM
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Stabilizer

I would put stabilizer in the tank, try and slosh it around, run it until the fan cycles twice, shut it off, then every 2 months put a battery tender on it . My bike sat for over 6 months, had stabilizer in, every 3 months I used my motorcycle charger for 6 hours, then disconnected it, even though it is a tender, I always have some doubt about the cycling.
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Only a month / month and a half... don't even worry about it.
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Yea, I wouldn`t be concerned.
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I would treat the fuel just for good cause if its ethanol fuel, but other than that, 6 -8 weeks wont be any problem.

The general rule for storage is to avoid starting the bike if you cant ride a while it to get it up to temp. ..because short run times promote condensation in the exhaust and crankcase.

bummer about the ankle , hope all goes well and you back on the bike in no time
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I left bikes sitting while I was on cruise in the Navy for 6-9 months and the only thing I did was fill the tank with fuel. Never had a problem.
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...Anything I should do in that amount of time for the bike?...
IF you can get it so that your tires are NOT on the ground, that'd be a good idea.

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...But should I let it run for a while once a week or something?...
No - that's worse for the bike, but STA-BIL or SEA FOAM would be a good idea....

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...I had to fill up my truck for the first time in 2 months...ouch $70 vs $7...
Here in Kanuckistan I've been putting MORE than $20 of gas into the Versys each time I fill it (gas here is $1.429 [Cdn] per L, which is ABOUT $4.05US/ USgallon)!

Oh well....
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Anyone following some of my posts this year will realize I had hoped to be out around April or Early May, not June 7. Mention by OP about fresh gas, adding stabilizer into 2 month old gas gives you 2 month old stabilized gas, it doesn't improve it, so my planned outing on my Versys was delayed by 3 months, total sitting time just over 6 months, so what you hope for may not be reality, you can't go back in time. What I do, near what I think is my last ride of the season I add stabil, if I get 1 or 2 more rides, the same thing happens. This is the longest any bike of mine has sat in 47 years. I am still healing but sure is nice riding again.
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This is the longest any bike of mine has sat in 47 years. I am still healing but sure is nice riding again.
I feel ya man. I will find out for sure on Friday morning exact time line for recovery. Hell Ive been walking on it broken a week so doubt its too bad. If its going to be more than 4-6 weeks Ill grab the stabil for sure to be on the safe side. Wish I would have waited to get gas, would have been the perfect time to do valves and plugs, since I could have taken my time, not a rush to do it job chomping at the bit for the valve shims to get here or anything.

Oh well guess that means I get to wait till summers over and it wont be 2000 deg in the shop when I do it.

Thanks for the advice everyone, put my mind at ease.
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Man Up.....I had a fractured Femur & Tibia at the right knee. 4 cracked ribs and a fractured left wrist and i only missed 10 days of riding..
Finally went to a doctor after 3 weeks and thats what they told me....
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Hell man if it was the right ankle I would have ridden the bike to the Quick Care! I can do without a rear brake, but still need to shift!
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For various reasons (NOT the break!) I put it up for sale a few months later. Fellow came, looked it over, then asked "How do you start it w/ the left-side kick start?"

I was in a 'walking cast' on that leg, but I straddled it, KICKED, it started right away, then I rode down the alley and back.

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Yeah, don't be a wuss! Ride that bike. I rode 90 minutes home, half of which was single track, after fracturing my collar bone. j/k, but yeah I did ride home. It was a bit sore but didn't hurt bad until later that evening.

That was the beginning of about 4 months no riding. Dental surgery which meant I couldn't wear my full-face helmet, then back surgery. I put the battery on the tender. I also changed the oil, which I do going into the autumn every year regardless of miles ridden. I usually put in some fuel stabilizer. I try to run non-ethanol fuel, which isn't so age critical.

Never had a problem with the V and fuel aging. My previous bike had carbs and yeah they gummed up bad over the winter if I didn't drain it completely.

Getting tires off the concrete is a good idea but I can't do it in my current situation and haven't had any tire cracking problems.

So, basically, I'd say don't worry about storage for a month or two. Definitely do not start it and let it idle just to shut it down! Fasteddie is correct that this is much harder on the engine than sitting dormant.
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FYI just done at Doc's office. Coolest Doc ever.

Mentioned how bummed I was to be off the bike for a month etc. He said "What type of boots do you use?" I told him over the ankle full leather "combat boots" He said "Lace it tight and put the right foot down at lights too. If it doesn't hurt to shift go for it. If it hurts to shift, stop"

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FYI just done at Doc's office. Coolest Doc ever.

Mentioned how bummed I was to be off the bike for a month etc. He said "What type of boots do you use?" I told him over the ankle full leather "combat boots" He said "Lace it tight and put the right foot down at lights too. If it doesn't hurt to shift go for it. If it hurts to shift, stop"

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If you want to get strange looks while riding. Just strap a pair of crutches to the back of your bike. After my accident i used crutches around the house and later a buddy wreck his Harley and asked to borrow my crutches so i strap them to the back of my V-650 to take to him and people had the craziest looks on their faces as they pulled up to me...
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Getting tires off the concrete is a good idea but I can't do it in my current situation and haven't had any tire cracking problems.

Somebody will correct me if I am wrong; but I don't think you have to get them off the ground (although that would be nice), but just getting them off one spot on concrete would be good. It may be a old wives tale, but I used to hear if you had to store a car, pull the car up on pieces of carpet under each tire. Personally, I agree with most, and for 6 weeks I would do nothing. Especially as you are in one very dry (low humidity) region.
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Somebody will correct me if I am wrong; but I don't think you have to get them off the ground (although that would be nice), but just getting them off one spot on concrete would be good. It may be a old wives tale, but I used to hear if you had to store a car, pull the car up on pieces of carpet under each tire. Personally, I agree with most, and for 6 weeks I would do nothing. Especially as you are in one very dry (low humidity) region.
Honestly I don't recall exactly what I read, but it was a long time ago. Something about the concrete moisture damaging the tires, or the concrete pulling some oils out of the tire when it sits on one spot. I used to put a small piece of wood under each tire for winter storage. I figured it couldn't hurt.

But then at one time I had a bike sit unridden for a couple of years without doing that, and there was no issue with tires or carbs.
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If you want to get strange looks while riding. Just strap a pair of crutches to the back of your bike. After my accident i used crutches around the house and later a buddy wreck his Harley and asked to borrow my crutches so i strap them to the back of my V-650 to take to him and people had the craziest looks on their faces as they pulled up to me...
Joe - I'll BET that you get strange looks NO MATTER what you strap to your bike....

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Getting tires off the concrete is a good idea but I can't do it in my current situation and haven't had any tire cracking problems.

Somebody will correct me if I am wrong; but I don't think you have to get them off the ground (although that would be nice), but just getting them off one spot on concrete would be good. It may be a old wives tale, but I used to hear if you had to store a car, pull the car up on pieces of carpet under each tire. Personally, I agree with most, and for 6 weeks I would do nothing. Especially as you are in one very dry (low humidity) region.
In AZ I mainly get the tires UP so that they don't STICK to the concrete when it gets to 140F in the garage in the summer, but secondarily - to keep them from 'flat-spotting'.

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