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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-05-2017, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Winter maintenance

It'll soon be time to think about winter maintenance (well, here in Montana anyway). Obviously, the 2017 Rebels are brand new but the principles are the same as for other bikes, I'm sure. Does anyone have any tips to share, other than what's in the owner's manual? Do you typically remove the battery and "hibernate" the machine until spring, or do you keep it on standby in case there are days that are still dry and warm enough?
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I don't understand.

Isn't your lounge room heated 24/7?






Sorry for the bad joke. Even in the Southern section of this continent, putting a bike away for winter is unheard of.
I'm sure that some of our members in colder climates can help though.

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I'm wondering the same thing and will be doing some research on it today. Things like:

Just disconnect the battery or put it on a charger?
Do I have to have both wheels off the ground or can I just have them on rubber mats?
Drain the gas or just ad a fuel stabilizer?
Should I start it every so often and how often?
Do I have to cover it?
Etc...

Essentially it'll be stored between October/November to April/May.

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I'm wondering the same thing and will be doing some research on it today. Things like:

Just disconnect the battery or put it on a charger?
Do I have to have both wheels off the ground or can I just have them on rubber mats?
Drain the gas or just ad a fuel stabilizer?
Should I start it every so often and how often?
Do I have to cover it?
Etc...

Essentially it'll be stored between October/November to April/May.
Having the wheels on rubber mats won't do anything. You lift the off the ground so they dont warp.
Though I will say I have never had an issue with this happening.

You could either disconnect the battery or put it on a trickle charger.

Cover it? If it is going to e outside then yes.

Starting it here and there is a good idea.
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Having the wheels on rubber mats won't do anything. You lift the off the ground so they dont warp.
Though I will say I have never had an issue with this happening.

You could either disconnect the battery or put it on a trickle charger.

Cover it? If it is going to e outside then yes.

Starting it here and there is a good idea.
Thanks, shorty. The bikes will be stored in the garage. I wasn't sure if there was an issue having the tires on concrete and them drying out on the contact patch or if that was a myth. For warping, I'll just move the bikes every once in a while.

If disconnecting the battery is all that needs to be done, I think I'll do that over hooking them up to a charger.

Fuel stabilizer necessary?

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I have some experience with winterizing. Put Sta-bil in the tank, fill the tank up and drive the bike around town. Remove the battery and occasionally put on trickle charger. Rotate the tires once in a while if sitting on cement to avoid drying out. If you're lucky enough to have a warm day (thanks global warming) then you just hook the battery back up and go. Get out there and enjoy. Winter is coming.
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Found this:


https://motorcycle.honda.ca/Content/...ge-2016-EN.pdf
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Excellent! I'd seen this Honda "Winter Storage Guide" once before. This list is great. Thanks.

Here is a quick summary:
  • Fill the gas tank with Ethanol-free fuel and a fuel stabilizer
  • Change the engine oil
  • Remove the spark plugs from each cylinder and unplug them from their caps
  • Remove the battery for proper storage
  • If the brake or clutch fluids haven't been changed in the last two years or 19,300 km (12,000 miles), do it now
  • If your vehicle is liquid cooled and the coolant hasn't been changed in the last two years or 38,600 km (24,000 miles), do it now
  • Clean the exterior of the bike
  • Make sure the drive chain is dry and then coat it with Pro Honda Chain Lube
  • Check that the tire air pressure is correct and place the vehicle in its storage location
  • Place a block under the engine so that the front wheel is off the ground. Stable motorcycle stands will also work as the vehicle does not have a center stand.
  • Make sure to check for the correct tire air pressure at least once a month during storage to prevent flat spots
  • Apply the breathable cover and you're set for the winter.

Many of these things appear to be to prevent excess moisture which causes rust and mildew.
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[QUOTE=janesdaddy;57649]Excellent! I'd seen this Honda "Winter Storage Guide" once before. This list is great. Thanks.

Here is a quick summary:
  • Remove the spark plugs from each cylinder and unplug them from their caps[QUOTE]

You're mistaken on this note, re-read it again.
From the list: "Remove the spark plugs from each cylinder and unplug them from their caps. Pour a tablespoon (15-20 cc) of clean engine oil in each cylinder. Cover the spark plug holes with a piece of cloth, turn the engine stop switch to the RUN position, then crank the engine through several revolutions to coat the cylinder walls with oil. Reinstall the spark plug."
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You're mistaken on this note, re-read it again.

.... Reinstall the spark plug."
Oops! Thank you for catching that. I thought it was a bit odd to leave the spark plugs out. I'd never heard of anyone else ever doing that.
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