Laying Up/Winter Storage

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It's all right for some and once upon a time I always rode in all but ice and snow. 
Now I'm an old git .
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RTman10 wrote: It's all right for some and once upon a time I always rode in all but ice and snow. 
Now I'm an old git .

Try a heated jacket - it'll totally change your view of riding on a cold, crisp autumn day.  It's more fun than the summer because the cyclists all stay at home!
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It's grim "Up North", near Barnard Castle, this morning.

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Got one.  But it's all that cleaning that puts me off.  Maybe I should consider smothering it in preservative goo and then just ride it.  Or do you just put that on to store it.
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Rode out in the Yorkshire Dales in April this year (2016),  still plenty of salt/grit on the roads, my RT was white all over, (normally blue).

Within a brick built garage, (attached to the house),  condensation will exist, especially if a wet car is put away. A dehumidifier would solve the problem.

Nice to know there is some corrosion protection on the bike, for both scenarios.
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DaygloDavid wrote: It's grim "Up North", near Barnard Castle, this morning.

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It's gonna take more than heated jacket to deal with that!
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It's getting worse up here, A66, Bowes to Cumbria.

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Serves you right for living up North. Suns out in Wiltshire, but a bit nippy, 3 degs  8)  Off out on the bike later.
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Casbar wrote: Serves you right for living up North. Suns out in Wiltshire, but a bit nippy, 3 degs  8)  Off out on the bike later.

Rode the Surrey/Kent borders today.  Once it warmed up (to 6 or7) it was a nice day for a ride...
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richardbd wrote:
Rode the Surrey/Kent borders today.  Once it warmed up (to 6 or7) it was a nice day for a ride...

On duty today, did a Blood Bank to Salisbury District hospital run. Was a good ride, very pleasant. Hopefully tomorrow will also be a nice day for my next shift  :)
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Well done Casbar - admirable job that mate. I doff my virtual cap to you Sir.
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Northumberland.

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looks pretty though! Sun is out in Salisbury, although its going to be freezing next week apparently, but no snow.
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I recently bought a 2015 r1200RT, and also lay my bikes up in the winter (I am in Ohio, and can't tolerate the cold at age 64 !)
On page 160 of the BMW owner's manual, it recommends 1) completely filling fuel tank, 2) removing battery, 3) covering metal parts with vaseline, 4) waxing surfaces if water will no longer bead up on the surface, and finally 5) jacking both wheels off of the ground.  Personally, I have always left my batteries in (and on a trickle charger), and have never had an issue.  In addition, I have never used vaseline to coat metal parts.  Maybe it would be feasible to spray something like WD 40 on the metal instead.  Any thoughts on this ? It is interesting that the BMW manual does NOT state anything about using a fuel stabilizer (such as StaBil, or similar product) ?  I use either Stabil or similar products.  Here is a link that might be of value concerning ethanol-based fuels.
http://www.fuel-testers.com/review_gas_ ... ducts.html
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