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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-29-2011, 08:34 PM
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You might be fine with your plan, but it would be better to stabilize the gas with one of the methods listed in the first post. It is also best to get the tires off the ground, or roll the bike a few inches every 2 weeks to prevent flat spots in the tires.

Do not start the bike and let it idle for a few minutes then shut it off. It is best to never start the engine unless you are going to ride the bike several miles, preferably with at least 5 miles at 60 mph plus.

Running the engine longer and above idle gets the engine hot enough to evaporate water out of the engine, and it gets acids out of the bearings and into the oil and into the oil filter. Oil comes with acid neutralizers in it, but the oil has to be mixed enough for the neutralizers to come in contact with the acids in the oil.

Most of the time the rings or valves fail before the bearings get worn, but if an engine does throw a rod, it may have been because of too much bearing wear, possibly from acids in the oil. Synthetic oil greatly reduces acid formation, along with changing the oil so it is new before storage.
Just came back home to the bike actually. lol I started her up, let her idle for a few minutes, then took her on a 12-13 mile ride. Did discover that my front brake is completely dead
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Actually, a few quick pumps while bleeding the master brought her back to life
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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-16-2012, 08:19 PM
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Wish I had found this forum sooner, I just went through my first winter as a bike owner and followed the instructions in the manual to completely drain the fuel system by running the engine until it stalls. Now I have decided to (dewinterize?) the bike since spring is on its way and we are already getting 60+ degree weather and most of my coworkers are riding. Well I followed the reverse steps in the manual as well and am struggling to get the bike started now....the engine turns over but doesn't start...last time I trust a Kawasaki Owners manual.

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post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 08:49 PM
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So just got word from the shop and apparently following the kawi owners manual and letting the engine run at idle until it shuts itself off caused my fuel pump to burn out...also the replacement fuel pump from Kawi is backordered and wont be in for several weeks....such BS
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I just got my first bike, a used 2010 with 800 miles on it and I would like to de-winterize so I can start practicing. The previous owner disconnected the battery, added fuel stabilizer and fuel antifreeze to the tank and ran the engine until it stalled.

The battery still has full charge, but I'm not sure what to do with the fuel tank, if I should add any products. Any tips? Current temperature here is between 14 and 50 F.

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You don't do anything to the tank.
Just reconnect the battery and run it, though I've never heard of adding fuel anti-freeze.

Then again, you're in Canada.


Oh, don't forget to switch the fuel selector from off to gas/regular or whatever that setting was, or reserve.
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Thanks... took a while for the fuel to flow trough... but I was able to start it and take it down the street...
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You don't do anything to the tank.
Just reconnect the battery and run it, though I've never heard of adding fuel anti-freeze.

Then again, you're in Canada.


Oh, don't forget to switch the fuel selector from off to gas/regular or whatever that setting was, or reserve.
Your choice, makes no difference.
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Burn off that old gas, add new gas, and just keep running it.

Change/check the oil

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One other tip that can be helpful is; Lubricate the chain. This will prevent rust from forming that can damage the chain while the bike is in storage.
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Quick question, when you change the oil in the Spring, do you start up the bike and let it run for a bit and maybe take it for a spin to warm it up allowing for the oil to drain out easier? Or do you change the oil without running it to avoid getting any contaminants in the engine? Thanks in advance!

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