Winter Storage

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by TheJudge, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. TheJudge

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    This will be my first winter dealing with a bike. I do not have a garage, and the weather here in Central Pensylvania can be brutally cold and wet one day and 65 degrees the next. I really enjoy riding and want to continue as long as I can, but I am concerned about leaving my Sportster exposed to the wetter weather of Winter.

    What can I use for storage? Is a cover enough? Are there any additional steps I should take for cold weather riding (fluid additives, etc)?
     
  2. glider

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  3. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Get yourself a good outdoor cover and make sure you have proper fluids for colder weather. Also, recommend getting S100 protectant to spritz on your bike to prevent corrosion and give the tins a good wax.
     
  4. 09RKC

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    This is my first winter also and no garage. I've been using a cover since April and that has worked fine. I don't have room to build a garage or storage shed just for the bike so I bought an enclosed trailer. Same cost as buying materials and labor for shed. It is my bike garage and I can use it to haul it for service or vacation.
     
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  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Cold weather riding, you want to ride long enough to get the oil hot enough to burn off the condensation, If you dont plan on riding for a long period best off to change the oil and leave it til spring JMO
     
  6. TheJudge

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    Iceman - Please excuse my ignorance. What are "tins?"

    Thank You for your service to our country!
     
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Sheet metal IE tank and fenders old school we call tins:s
     
  8. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    Not the Iceman - but - what he is talking about is the fenders/fuel tank .
     
  9. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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  10. TheJudge

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    Smitty - My wife knew someone whose husband did just that. The marriage didn't last long. Not that I didn't think about it.

    Thanks for your service, Top.