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|From the February, 2009 issue of Motorcycle Cruiser|
|Drain Those Carbs!|
|Protect That Tank!|
|Keep The Battery Charged!|
like inactivity. A battery ignored all winter will usually roll
over and die. The simplest way to ensure a happy off-season for
your battery is to connect a Battery Minder or a Battery Tender
to it. You don't even need to remove it from the bike unless it
gets well below freezing where you store it or if your bike has
a clock, audio-system memory, security system or other constant
drain on the battery.
If a Battery Tender isn't in your budget (though it will pay for itself, probably by spring), plug a trickle charger into something that is turned on frequently -- such as the light socket on the garage-door opener or the light source in the place it's stored. Or, plug it into a light timer that will turn it on for 30 minutes a day. If none of these methods is convenient, trickle-charge it overnight every two weeks or so. If the storage place gets really cold, you might want to take the battery inside and put it somewhere where it won't alarm your spouse.
If you have a maintenance-free battery, simply clean the terminals and any serious grunge off the battery and battery box and spray a little silicone spray or other protectant on the terminals and connecting hardware. If it's one that requires fluid to be added, fill it to the top level before storage.
If you ignore your battery and leave it where it can freeze, it may do so and crack the case, allowing acid to spill on the bike. If even a drop gets on the chain, it can be rendered worthless.
Ignore the persistent old wives tail about batteries dying if they are stored on concrete.
If your battery does die during the winter, I'd recommend replacing it with one of Harley's current maintenance-free batteries, if there is one that fits your bike. We have been amazed at how well they stand up to neglect.
|Put The Engine To Bed!|
|Give your brakes a break!|
If your machine uses hydraulic brakes or clutches, keep in mind that brake fluid absorbs water, which is why it should be changed. Do this at least every other year -- sooner if it has changed from its normal amber hue to a darker color. This also applies to hydraulically operated clutches. Water in the fluid can prevent clutch disengagement when the engine is hot. Some sources recommend changing the brake fluid when you prepare to store the bike to prevent any moisture in the system from corroding the components. Others say you should change it when you prepare to put the bike back on the road to assure maximum braking performance during the riding season. Either way, be sure old brake fluid gets changed
|Keep it fluid!|
|Owners of liquid-cooled machines that are stored where the temperature drops below freezing should check that the coolant is up to snuff to avoid freezing damage.|
|Retire Your Tires!|
|Lube It Up!|
|Wrap That Rascal!|