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Bryan Bosch

Bring my bike out of storage

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I'm going to be bringing my bike out of storage once I'm healed from my back surgery. Any pointers for getting it ready to ride? I'm most concerned about making sure the cylinder is properly lubed before I fire it up. Should I put a teaspoon or two of motor oil and kick it over a few times with the compression lever pulled?

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It certainly can't hurt...although if a bike has been put away for a long time with amy moisture in the cylinder a little bit of oil won't magically "fix" anything....The key is putting the bike away properly....When I know I'm not going to be riding a 4-stroke bike for a while, I put 2-stroke oil in the last gallon or so of gas left in the tank and ride it easy for 20 min. or so...then I shoot the bike with WD-40 or similar, lube the chain, drain the gas tank and float bowl put it away and cover it up...then I put that remaining gas/oil mix in my 4-stroke lawn mower and run it for 20 min. so that I know that my rings and bores have a light coating of oil during storage.

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Fortunately I live in so. cal with very little if any humidity. The bike is dry in my garage and was run for 5-7 minutes before I put it on the stand to make sure any moisture in/on the engine was dry. Thanks for your suggestions.

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I don't mean to alarm you, but running for 5 minutes is not a good thing.....when cold metal is exposed to warmer air the humidity in the air condenses onto the cooler metal in small 'puddles' and if the engine is then shut off the puddled water will begin giving up some of its oxygen molecules to the metal (particularly steel) in the process called rust....Its best to let the motor run at full operating temp for 20 minutes by riding it which lets that moisture fully evaporate back into the air and out of the motor....This is worst with high humidity, which you probably don't have to worry about in SoCal.

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PUll the decop lever in and kick it over 20-30times with the kill switch held in.

This will get the oil pressure up and will lubricate it thorughly before you fire it up..

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There's probably a lot more to it than this. Did you drain the carb before storage? If not, I thorough carb cleaning is probably in order. How long was it stored?

Also think about things like aircleaner flange grease, fork air bleeding, brake fluid contamination (probably not too much of an issue in low humidity), cable lube, tire/tube rot (again, probably OK). I would definately shoot some, maybe a teaspoon max oil in the cylinder. Kicking it several times with the compression lever pulled in is a great idea to build some oil pressure (good idea, Matt). You did change the oil before storage, right?

Be sure to drain the tank before storage--if you didn't do it-just drain it out now-old gas won't burn well at all.

A few long-time riding friends recommend to fill the oil over capacity during storage to minimize the volume of air (read rust producing oxygen) in the crank. Just drain it to the proper level before starting it up again. This may also keep the clutch plates wet in oil. In fact, pulling off the clutch cover and pouring some oil on the plates may not be a bad idea. Depends on how anal you are I guess.

Good luck with the bike and your recovery

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i hope they lubed up this post before they got it out.......

it's old enough to have back problems of its own

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Careful with this one, its an antique!

Well put! This is mine.....

Jaycycle how much education have you received?

Holy &%$#@!.. Resurrecting a 6yr old post? That’s getting close to a record...if it’s not a record at least please tell me he's in jeopardy of getting booted for wasting our time/bandwidth. Sheeeesh.... :thumbsup::ride:

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Well put! This is mine.....

Jaycycle how much education have you received?

Holy &%$#@!.. Resurrecting a 6yr old post? That’s getting close to a record...if it’s not a record at least please tell me he's in jeopardy of getting booted for wasting our time/bandwidth. Sheeeesh.... :thumbsup::ride:

About 10 years.

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Wow, this is from the first day or two of TT??? I didn't meet Bryan until a year after this post and TT was still in it's infancy. How in the hell did this guy find this post? What kind of search pulls a 6 year old post up?

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