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    Winter & regular starting.

    Being a fair weather biker, the bike has long periods of no use, maybe many weeks, at this time of year. The bike is garaged and the battery charged regularly. Do those of you in a similar situation give the bike a start and warm through occasionally or just leave it until you ride it again? It appears from some investigations that there maybe benefits and drawbacks to either option.
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    I typically try to ride at least 1 time a week on the off season to keep them ridden, but that cant always happen. If it has been a couple weeks / a month then yes I will start and run the bike on a warmer (above freezing) day maybe even roll it a little so its not sitting on the same section of tire. I have never been one to leave my battery tenders on ALL the time when I don't ride, but I will at least plug them in weekly for awhile. My reason for starting them is to just keep the fuel and fluids moving .etc. No science behind it just a personal preference of mine.
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    some winters I've just 'shelved' the bike, in which case I add some fuel stabilizer, plug in a battery tender, and walk away till spring. other times, I've stayed active thru winter, and if there is a particularly long non-riding cold spell, I'll fire the bike up after a couple weeks. when I do so, I run it long enough to be totally, thoroughly warmed, i.e., until the coolant temp exceeds 103-104 degrees C and the fan comes on. I have no evidence that this is 'best', but I don't believe in half measures...
    piling the mileage on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by doser View Post
    some winters I've just 'shelved' the bike, in which case I add some fuel stabilizer, plug in a battery tender, and walk away till spring. other times, I've stayed active thru winter, and if there is a particularly long non-riding cold spell, I'll fire the bike up after a couple weeks. when I do so, I run it long enough to be totally, thoroughly warmed, i.e., until the coolant temp exceeds 103-104 degrees C and the fan comes on. I have no evidence that this is 'best', but I don't believe in half measures...
    That's exactly what I used to do and have had a totally trouble free ten years. As long as the bike is in a dry environment that's basically all that's needed. ( the bike was sold last week with only the second battery on it too. )
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    the fuel pump "dissolved in my previous '13 CB1000R because it was left alone.
    lesson learned. I start my new bike once a week and take it for a spin at least once a month.
    it doesn't snow where I live
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    WOW. what on earth were you using as fuel ???--------Can't be Hondas fault as they must have made millions of bikes over the years and I've never heard of a dissolving petrol pump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COLVERT View Post
    WOW. what on earth were you using as fuel ???--------Can't be Hondas fault as they must have made millions of bikes over the years and I've never heard of a dissolving petrol pump.
    actually, just surpassed 400 million!

    https://hondanews.eu/eu/lt/motorcycl...on-motorcycles
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    Quote Originally Posted by vampire View Post
    the fuel pump "dissolved in my previous '13 CB1000R because it was left alone.
    vampire, what exactly "dissolved"? virtually the entire pump and filter system is either metal or very high density plastics which would never, ever be affected by 'fuel' or any normal contaminants thereof...

    fuel filter by Don Serl, on Flickr
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    I exaggerated when I used the word "dissolved". sorry.
    the pump failed because bike was sitting idle for more than a year
    I was quoting the mechanic at honda's.. didn't see it personally.
    spun out '

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    for me winter storage. i never start the bike over winter for 5-6 months for one reason only starting the bike once per week for approx 10 minutes is...moisture.. yes you get the fluids moving but 6 month wont harm sat.if you bike is in cold garage or outside all this does is fill the engine with moisture until the engine reaches the outside temperature or cold garage temp..and your just left with water just sat in the engine until you go and burn it of riding...and whats left is the white grease i am sure you all have seen before..not good for bearings..if your bike is sat more than 6 months years then yes..as you dont want seized engine..if your garage is heated then above would not matter..i also put fuel stabilizer in over winter.. and when i come to the bike after 6 months it starts first time every time.. and they is know white grease in my oil level glass ever after storage.. i have done this for every bike i own and never had seized engine...but everyone has there own way who is right or wrong who knows
    but it worked for me..

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