All good points. Need some explanations?
Wash Bike - removes all bug guts and dirt. Bug guts can attract rodents and live insects. A lot of 'dirt' is pollen and other organic matter, and organic dirt is especially bad for attracting moisture and turning acidic. Even inorganic dirt can attract and/or trap moisture and cause corrosion. I've sometimes waxed the bike - and left the wax on over the winter, wiped it down in the spring. Nice shiny spring bike. One thing about doing this - I am always amazed at the amount of wax that has gone missing at rub/garage rash points. Would otherwise be rubbing on the paint.
Lube everything that needs lube. Especially the chain and cables, and any other moving points. Same deal, prevents corrosion.
Change the oil. Run the bike for a bit to circulate it. Get the bike up to operating temp to burn out any moisture. Store the bike with fresh oil in the crank. Fresh oil has fresh additives that will prevent corrosion in the engine. As the bike sits in the unheated garage, it will be subject to heat/cool cycles, and varying degrees of humidity. As the engine 'breathes', it can suck in humid air, and when the temp drops, the water can drop out into the oil. Fresh oil will capture the water and keep the environment pH neutral.
For the gas tank, add some gas stabilizer, with fresh gas (again, fresh gas = fresh additives) all the way to the top. Run the bike for a bit (concurrent to running it after the oil change) to get some stabilised fuel into the injection system. For the same reason as above - the tank will breathe, and any humid air contains water. Gas stabiliser should grab that and keep the environment pH neutral. Reason for full tank - corrosion will occur most often at interfaces, like gasoline/free water interface in the bottom of the tank - or the air/gasoline interface at the top. Keep the interface area as small as possible. Full tank = smallest interface possible.
Check the coolant. Top up, replace if necessary. If you find it needs replacing, do it now, don't let it sit with dead coolant over the winter. Same reason - fresh coolant=fresh additives.
My battery comes out of the bike, and goes on a peak/trickle charger with a timer (30 minutes charge/day) on the bench in the house. And not a cheap charger. Don't like chargers hooked up to a battery still attached to a bike. The voltage coming out of some cheap chargers is pretty spiky, not good for the ECU. It's a trust vs. cost thing.
I up the air pressure in the tires to a couple of pounds more than usual. Up on at least the rear pit stand, since the Versys has no centre stand...
Cover the bike with a light cotton bedsheet, cloth bag draped over the exhaust outlet, couple of mothballs and a mousetrap on the floor under the bike.
Then - resist the urge to start it over the winter! Starting it creates moisture throughout the engine and exhaust, and unless you get the bike up to operating temp - that water just lays in there and causes trouble.
Might be a bit of overkill, but I've been doing this with my bikes (and cars) for 45 years now, Never had trouble in the spring with any of them.
Last edited by visitor zero; 10-01-2015 at 09:05 AM.