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Offline XTZFegen

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Parking a bike up - procedure
« on: March 05, 2020, 09:35:48 am »
Hey all,

I might need to park my Triumph up for awhile. She just had her annual service. Besides disconnecting the battery what is the procedure for parking a bike up long term? What are the cons to parking a bike up long term - say 1 year.

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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2020, 09:37:23 am »
Hey all,

I might need to park my Triumph up for awhile. She just had her annual service. Besides disconnecting the battery what is the procedure for parking a bike up long term? What are the cons to parking a bike up long term - say 1 year.

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Drain the tank Fully.  :sip:
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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2020, 10:33:10 am »
Drain fuel.
Remove spark-plugs, put a tablespoon of oil into each cylinder and refit plugs.
Plug the exhaust.
Spray all metal surfaces with WD40.
It's the end of the road as we know it and I feel fine.
 
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Offline McKracken

Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2020, 11:00:10 am »
If you drain the tank make sure to run the fuel pump and injectors dry as well!

Also put it on the centre stand and then something under the fork to keep wheels off the ground

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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2020, 11:07:29 am »
Sorry , but wont the tank start to rust?
or is it made of aluminium?
 

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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2020, 11:10:50 am »
Tanks are steel.
If I was keeping it empty I'd put a liberal amount of wd40 inside, or even some parrafin and shake it up.

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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2020, 11:13:43 am »
Sorry , but wont the tank start to rust?
or is it made of aluminium?

Tanks rust from water in the fuel when it stands, old tanks usualy rust at the bottom because of this..  :sip: and the fuel goes manky if it stands too long and gunges up carbs, injectors pumps etc.
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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2020, 11:23:13 am »
Disconnect the battery as well.

My Triumph's battery runs flat if you leave it for 3 weeks.
 
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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2020, 11:25:51 am »
I would also spray all rubber and plastics with silicone spray to protect from ozone.  :sip:
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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2020, 11:50:15 am »
Sorry , but wont the tank start to rust?
or is it made of aluminium?

Tanks rust from water in the fuel when it stands, old tanks usualy rust at the bottom because of this..  :sip: and the fuel goes manky if it stands too long and gunges up carbs, injectors pumps etc.
yes this.
I empty the tank. Take it off put some oil in and shake around until totally coated - replace and seal it up. Remember to flush it before filling up when you take it out of storage
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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2020, 12:40:40 pm »
A year is not an exceptionally long time (away from the coast that is). I spent 3 years abroad. My XT 660 stood for the first year parked on a stand with the battery disconnected. After a year I returned home for holidays. Drained and refilled fuel, oil and other fluids and had a ball on it for 3weeks. Thereafter I returned to NL but came home every 2nd month and used it for a few days to commute. When I couldn't come home as often during my 3rd year, I got my son to take it for a spin every now and then. Bike was fine. Returned home in 2010 and bought a KTM 990 Adv, 640 Adv and 250 XC-W for my Xmas present. A few months later I sold the XT660 to a friend who is still riding it today with no issues over the last 9 years.
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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2020, 12:44:25 pm »
Leave your bike with a reputable friend (not Dookie - he is dodgy AF).
Have him ride the bike once a month.
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Re: Parking a bike up - procedure
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2020, 01:56:05 pm »
Leave your bike with a reputable friend (not Dookie - he is dodgy AF).
Have him rude the bike once a month.

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