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Just curious as to what others do for the best protection of their baby during the winter. This is my first bike that I really cared about and want to make sure it lasts me a long time. ( I don't have my service manual with me at the moment to look at)

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You should continue to ride it in the winter. Drive to where there is no snow. If you dont ride it, stabalize the gas, lube the chain, take out the battery (if it has one), might even drain the oil, or make sure you change it in the spring, plug exhaust and a nice pretty cover. 😢

PS Four strokes you should store at top dead center (TDC)that way the valve springs arent compressed all winter. 😢

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general:

add "stabil" to gas tank, shake bike to mix.

ride bike for ~10 mins to get "stabil" in carb innards.

drain gas from tank.

run engine until out of gas.

drain gas from carb via screw and by removing main jet cover.

clean and oil air filter.

change oil and filter.

change coolant.

change brake fluid front and rear.

winter maintenance:

check valve clearances.

grease linkage and swingarm.

grease wheel bearings.

clean out airbox (Gunk "ENGINE-BRITE" works great)

inspect/change fork oil.

clean carb innards.

lube control cables.

clean/lube throttle tube.

lube brake and clutch levers, incl brake pedal.

check wheels for trueness.

check brake rotors for trueness.

check spoke tension.

inspect coolant hoses and oil lines for damage.

jim aka the wrooster

'01 wr250f

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Put me to shame sir. 😢 Ive never winterized my ride. I always ride in the winter and wear long johns. 😢

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general:

add "stabil" to gas tank, shake bike to mix.

ride bike for ~10 mins to get "stabil" in carb innards.

drain gas from tank.

run engine until out of gas.

drain gas from carb via screw and by removing main jet cover.

clean and oil air filter.

change oil and filter.

change coolant.

change brake fluid front and rear.

winter maintenance:

check valve clearances.

grease linkage and swingarm.

grease wheel bearings.

clean out airbox (Gunk "ENGINE-BRITE" works great)

inspect/change fork oil.

clean carb innards.

lube control cables.

clean/lube throttle tube.

lube brake and clutch levers, incl brake pedal.

check wheels for trueness.

check brake rotors for trueness.

check spoke tension.

inspect coolant hoses and oil lines for damage.

jim aka the wrooster

'01 wr250f

Can you be a little more specific for me? 😢 Just kidding. I should have know I would have gotten a thorough explanation from you. Thanks a bunch! 😢

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general:

add "stabil" to gas tank, shake bike to mix.

Great list! I live in the UK what actually is "stabil"?

One other must do would be to store the bike on a stand not sitting on it's wheels, to avoid weeping fork seal 😢, maybe too obvious but you can never take things for granted 😢

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just curious wrooster, why run the stabil and then drain the whole thing?

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you can't really get ALL the gas out of the carb unless you take it off the bike and use brake cleaner and compressed air. so by running the engine with the "stabil-premix" you get the stabil down into the carb and all over the jets/needles/float etc.

as the last step, take the drained out "stabil-premix" and put it in your lawnmower. run that for 10 minutes and you haven't wasted any gas. i'm ok leaving stabil-treated gas in the tank in my lawnmower. that mower carb can be cleaned in 5 minutes flat. on the other hand, de-gunking your 250F's FCR carb is a PITA -- better to let that dry out.

jim aka the wrooster

'01 wr250f

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