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    Default What date do you usually put your bike away for hibernation in the winter months

    First you lucky folks in the warm'rr areas (please don't be a smart azz and brag that we never have to put our bikes away) Your only making the rest of very, very jealous (LOL)

    As much as I love to ride all season, it's impossible here in Massachusetts...

    But I do put her away soon'rrr than later, cause I like to put her away correctly... and not wait till it's either -0 zero temps, or a foot of snow, suddenly falls, and that makes it impossible to truly put her too bed correctly.....

    I like to take a last ride and place fuel stabilizer, in fuel tank and then fill it up to the brim with gas (this allows stabilizer to get into the injectors or carbs fully)

    I then change oil and filter while the oil is warm

    I replace all spark plugs (BUT before replacing plugs I squirt in fogging oil, into each cylinder / and turn motor over to be sure all cyl walls are coated

    I wash and wax 100% of the bike (paying special attention to real chrome/I want that totally wax'd) I hate rust!

    Remove battery Or place maintainer on battery

    Place rug under bike in garage (keeps any condensation from forming under bike )

    Replace anti freeze coolant (for us with water cooled engines)

    Give her a hug, and place a breathable blanket on top and close the garage doors, till April 1st...

    AND THEN PULL OUT MY SNOW SKIES, AND PRAY FOR LOT'S OF SNOW.............

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    I’m not sure when I will put my Bikes, and Trike away. I’m not a cold weather rider and our snow comes and goes away repeatedly here in Idaho. I think mid November when our daily highs are in the 30-40s will be the end of my riding season. I just finished putting a lift in my garage and have a big pile of new parts and a big list of projects to work on during the off season. That might tempt me more than the weather this year.

    Having a winter home that would allow winter riding is tempting but summer riding in those locations is a drag. When those guys boast of their winter riding, ask them about their August riding enjoyment. HaHa.

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    Never.......My bikes and trikes are machines not babies if they get a little wet or dirty so what, ..They are made to ride and enjoy......
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    I like to put mine away as soon as I get home. I keep them in a shed behind my barn. I don't have much of a memory, so if park it down there and don't put it away it could sit outside for weeks. You know out of sight out of mind. I never put my bike away with the intention of not using it till spring. I almost never wash them,it removes the protective coating. Can't have that.

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    Not until PennDot starts putting salt and cinders all over the roads.
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    I think you have a good plan Ronnie. We have opposing riding seasons. I put mine up for the summer. Usually about the 1st of June. It hibernates in the shaded carport, under (breathable) cover, with battery tender attached until about the 1st of September. There are some who ride year round here, but not me. 110+ afternoon riding is not my idea of a good time. But I think our good riding season is a bit longer here than most parts of the country. We can expect 8-9 months of very good, dry riding weather...... Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazman11 View Post
    I’m not sure when I will put my Bikes, and Trike away. I’m not a cold weather rider and our snow comes and goes away repeatedly here in Idaho. I think mid November when our daily highs are in the 30-40s will be the end of my riding season. I just finished putting a lift in my garage and have a big pile of new parts and a big list of projects to work on during the off season. That might tempt me more than the weather this year.

    Having a winter home that would allow winter riding is tempting but summer riding in those locations is a drag. When those guys boast of their winter riding, ask them about their August riding enjoyment. HaHa.
    HaHa…. We can ride every day in August… or any other month. Unless its raining…I don’t like the mess it makes on the bike.

    In summertime, usually on the road by 8’sh and back by 2’sh…any day of the week.

    In cooler temps, on goes the heated gear…out by 9’sh, take off the heated gear in an hour or so… and back before dark.

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    I stop riding any distance as soon as the salt/snow melt goes down on the roads in Utah. I still ride every month,just no too far in Dec Jan and Feb.
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