Storing the bike away for winter

OK, so I am new to dirtbikes, but I know this doesn't just pertain to dirtbikes.

With that in mind, I am wondering how do I drain the carb so I can store my 450X for winter?

What else do you do to properly store your bike for the winter months? (battery tender, etc.)

Also, just an a side question, what is the stock sprocket teeth count on the 450X (front & rear)?

Thanks.

OK, so I am new to dirtbikes, but I know this doesn't just pertain to dirtbikes.

With that in mind, I am wondering how do I drain the carb so I can store my 450X for winter?

What else do you do to properly store your bike for the winter months? (battery tender, etc.)

Also, just an a side question, what is the stock sprocket teeth count on the 450X (front & rear)?

Thanks.

Here's a link to another thread on this topic:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1024757&highlight=

Why do u need to store it? Winter riding is as much fun an summer. When the snow hits, put on a paddle tire, dress warm and rip it up.

OK, so I am new to dirtbikes, but I know this doesn't just pertain to dirtbikes.

With that in mind, I am wondering how do I drain the carb so I can store my 450X for winter?

What else do you do to properly store your bike for the winter months? (battery tender, etc.)

Also, just an a side question, what is the stock sprocket teeth count on the 450X (front & rear)?

Thanks.

Stock is 13/51

Put Stabil in the gas, run the motor, then drain the float bowl completely.

Put the bike on a lift-stand, lube the chain, and coat the whole bike in Wd-40.

I do:

0. Check the valve clearences.

1. Pull the axels and grease.

2. Remove the swing arm, grease bearings.

3. Grease all lower shock linkages.

4. Clean the chain and lube.

5. Change the oil in the forks.

6. Run the engine till it warms up and then change the oil and filter

7. Run the engine a minute then shut off the gas. Blip the throttle 3 or 4 times and kill the engine.

8. Drain the coolant.

9. Drain the tank and the carb of gas.

10. Remove the air filter and plug the intake.

11. Plug the exhaust.

12. Plug the vent on the gas tank.

13. Remove battery, store indoors, and charge once a month.

Jim.

I live in Ohio and I ride enough in the winter to not prep it for storage but if you don't do what Krannie said + remove the battery. You should put a float charger on the battery to make the battery last longer.

I live in Ohio and I ride enough in the winter to not prep it for storage but if you don't do what Krannie said + remove the battery. You should put a float charger on the battery to make the battery last longer.

....oh yeah, that's really important....good call.....!

At least disconnect it.....

Ditto what JimDettman said -- adding only that this is also a perfect time to also drain/refresh brake fluids as well. In other words, if you're going to store your "x" (or any bike for that matter), you might as well store it completely "maintenancized" for the next year's first ride!

Cover your bike with a warm blanket and then fill up the tank with peppermint schnapps......and perhaps provide it a couple porno mags, that should keep'er good til spring! :busted:

you might as well store it completely "maintenancized" for the next year's first ride!

Can't second that enough; skipped checking the valves last winter before putting away. As a result, it wasn't ready to ride in the spring when I pulled it out and I ended up killing a week getting the right shims.

Missed a really nice outing at a local MX track because of it :busted:

Jim.

All the above suggestions are good.

I would only add to make sure the engine is at TDC. The valve springs are under increased tension unless it's at TDC.

All the above suggestions are good.

I would only add to make sure the engine is at TDC. The valve springs are under increased tension unless it's at TDC.

I had forgotten to mention that...keeps moisture out of the cylinder as well.

Jim.

Take a trip to the Southwest and ride! :busted:

I like the TDC idea.

Is there a simple way to make sure the engine is in that position?

As far as draining all the gas, I've also been told that once you add StaBil, you're less likely to have problems if you DON'T drain it. Not sure which is best, but I've tried both, and never had trouble either way.

But our winters are short and relatively mild, so I usually start it up every 4 weeks or so, and drive it around the neighborhood until somebody gives me a grouchy look!

I like the TDC idea.

Is there a simple way to make sure the engine is in that position?

As far as draining all the gas, I've also been told that once you add StaBil, you're less likely to have problems if you DON'T drain it. Not sure which is best, but I've tried both, and never had trouble either way.

But our winters are short and relatively mild, so I usually start it up every 4 weeks or so, and drive it around the neighborhood until somebody gives me a grouchy look!

Pull the plug on the right side and line up the marks.

As for the gas, only thing I know is in the past, when you had a metal tank you needed to worry about condensation in the tank, so it was better to keep it full.

I've tried it both ways and like you, have not had any problems. But I like the idea of starting the season with fresh gas, so past two years I've drained it fully.

I'm in upstate NY and mine sits a good four months without running.

Jim.

OK, I will ask the newb question. What is TDC?

Just pick up the $20 "battery tenders" at Wal-Mart it gives you two little eye hooks that screw right on to your battery run out the wire through the back by where your seat bolts are and plug it in all winter and its fine, no need to remove the battery or check it once a month, it does it for you

I do:

0. Check the valve clearences.

1. Pull the axels and grease.

2. Remove the swing arm, grease bearings.

3. Grease all lower shock linkages.

4. Clean the chain and lube.

5. Change the oil in the forks.

6. Run the engine till it warms up and then change the oil and filter

7. Run the engine a minute then shut off the gas. Blip the throttle 3 or 4 times and kill the engine.

8. Drain the coolant.

9. Drain the tank and the carb of gas.

10. Remove the air filter and plug the intake.

11. Plug the exhaust.

12. Plug the vent on the gas tank.

13. Remove battery, store indoors, and charge once a month.

Jim.

Oh, OK. That makes sense.

How can you tell or know if you are at TDC?

You don't need any tools to find TDC, or remove the plug. Just pull the timing mark plug from your case and line it up.

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