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Oil change before Winter storage

Hi all,

Before Winter storage, I would normally ride the bike to heat up the oil before performing the oil change but now with all this snow and ice on the roads, riding it out of the question.

Is is OK to idle the bike for 20 or so minutes to heat up the oil before changing it? Or will this do more harm to the engine and should I rather wait until I can take it out for a short ride?

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Just warm it up and change oil , leave until spring ....... do not start it up every few weeks while stored .

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How to store for winter

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Hi BlackHammer - that article you referred to indicates to ride the bike to warm up the engine/oil:

You want to get the bike nice and hot, so make sure you're out for long enough to get the engine up to operating temperature for a while. Ride around for at least 20 minutes before visiting the gas station. Getting the engine nice 'n hot does two good things:
a) It burns off any condensation that's formed in the engine.
b) It gets the oil hot, which stirs up evil combustion by-products and makes it easier to remove them when you do the oil change.

-Will idling the bike for 20 minutes also burn off any condensation formed in the engine?
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What is this winter storage you speak of?

Tomorrow it is forecasted to be 35 F here in Kansas. I'll be out for a long ride and riding the rest of the week.
Heated clothing is the shiznit and doesn't limit your riding season.

Right now it is 9F and just pulled the bike in the garage from a 10 mile ride to the grocery store.

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Hi BlackHammer - that article you referred to indicates to ride the bike to warm up the engine/oil:

You want to get the bike nice and hot, so make sure you're out for long enough to get the engine up to operating temperature for a while. Ride around for at least 20 minutes before visiting the gas station. Getting the engine nice 'n hot does two good things:
a) It burns off any condensation that's formed in the engine.
b) It gets the oil hot, which stirs up evil combustion by-products and makes it easier to remove them when you do the oil change.

-Will idling the bike for 20 minutes also burn off any condensation formed in the engine?

Should be fine...



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Hi BlackHammer - that article you referred to indicates to ride the bike to warm up the engine/oil:

You want to get the bike nice and hot, so make sure you're out for long enough to get the engine up to operating temperature for a while. Ride around for at least 20 minutes before visiting the gas station. Getting the engine nice 'n hot does two good things:
a) It burns off any condensation that's formed in the engine.
b) It gets the oil hot, which stirs up evil combustion by-products and makes it easier to remove them when you do the oil change.

-Will idling the bike for 20 minutes also burn off any condensation formed in the engine?
I only posted the article for others who may want to store their bikes and for you to refer to for next year , you stated in your original post that---- " with all this snow and ice on the roads, riding it out of the question". So the ride about is not an option and therefore no matter , just idle it to warm the oil and all will be fine .
The most common mistake riders make is to warm up the bike every week in the garage to charge the battery ....this of course doesn't charge the battery and creates moisture in the engine , also be sure that the fuel is topped right full (with or without fuel stabilizer) , this avoids rust forming on the inside of your tank which come spring will cause headaches . Use a trickle charger every week or two and you will be good to go after winter . Good luck ....................

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What is this winter storage you speak of?

Tomorrow it is forecasted to be 35 F here in Kansas. I'll be out for a long ride and riding the rest of the week.
Heated clothing is the shiznit and doesn't limit your riding season.

Right now it is 9F and just pulled the bike in the garage from a 10 mile ride to the grocery store.
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