storage

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by mangiacavallo, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. mangiacavallo

    mangiacavallo Member

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    i'm about to go out of town for a job next week.
    this being my first harley, i want to know about storing the bike.
    the company i'm working for will pay for leaving it in a parking garage (open to the public but, supposedly, "secure.") but i'm thinkin' that doesn't sound like a good idea in the middle of san francisco. big theft city & i had some issues with my BMW there years ago. i won't be able to ride much, anyway, while there.
    so ... if i leave the bike stored at home, what do i need to do?
    obviously, a battery tender. but is pouring some Stabilizer in the tank over-kill?
    it'll only be stored about 5 weeks.
    searching this site for storage tips they seem to mostly refer to winter storage.

    what do you think?

    cheers.
     
  2. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    Same concept as winter storage - fill the tank and put the stabilizer in it. If you have a petcock,make sure it's in the off position. If it's possible - put it up on a lift or put straps on both sides of handle bars , tie it of to the walls of your garage and put it in a "straight up & down " position to relieve some strain on the jiffy/side stand. Just a little thing I do - is put a couple pieces of carpet under each tire.

    Also -- rinse it off ,dry it and wipe it down with pledge!!
     
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  3. mangiacavallo

    mangiacavallo Member

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    mine has a centerstand. i suppose that'll take the place of trying to strap it down.
    i don't think i have a petcock ... but i'll double-check that tonight.
    and rinse and pledge ... absolutely!
    thanks!
     
  4. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I keep reading about pledge, is this really a good thing to put on the paint? What about the plastic parts/chrome/plexiglas?
     
  5. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    It's all in the self help forums.

    Pledge Uses - Harley Davidson Community
     
  6. softailhog

    softailhog Active Member

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    Glider???? I can't believe I got to this before he did!:D

    Check out the link for uses of pledge:

    Pledge Uses - Harley Davidson Community

    See, I didn't! He beat me to the trigger!
     
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  7. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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  8. walleye

    walleye Junior Member Contributor

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    +1 on this recommendation; just ride it long and hard when you return.
     
  9. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    Based on ?????
     
  10. wildspirit97

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    for five weeks, I would probably top it off, maybe put some Stabil in it since most fuel is ethonal anymore, and hook up the battery tender. 5 weeks isn't that long. Depending on the mileage since your last oil change, I would change it if it was close to 3000. Climate has a lot to do with what needs and doesn't need to be done, but your bike wont disintegrate in 5 weeks. They usually sit a lot longer than that on the show room floor.:s