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2010 M50 Winter Storage

Hi everyone I have a question or opinion on winter storage. I live on Vancouver Island so it doesn't get really cold here but I just use my car in the winter time. I usually clean the bike, fill it up with gas and fuel stabilizer and let it run for 10 minutes to get the stabilizer throughout. Then I cover it. I live in an apartment and don't have power outside so I usually bring my battery inside on a trickle charge. I recently bought a lithium battery so I probably won't do that this year. I bought a jack off of Amazon.ca and was wondering should I jack it up for the winter or leave it on the ground on the kickstand? Any other suggestions appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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I think you're on the right track and I don't think it matters much if it's on the kickstand. I'd imagine strapped on the lift would be better.
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Some people suggest draining your oil and filling with new, but to over fill it so that condensation can't form inside....just don't forget to drain off extra before you start it in the spring....
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Some people suggest draining your oil and filling with new, but to over fill it so that condensation can't form inside....just don't forget to drain off extra before you start it in the spring....
You mean fill your gas tank not overfill with oil.

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You mean fill your gas tank not overfill with oil.
You are right about the gas tank , but i read somewhere about the oil change and over filling it for winter storage....i'll try and find the article
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You are right about the gas tank , but i read somewhere about the oil change and over filling it for winter storage....i'll try and find the article
No need to. It would be the only article I've ever read suggesting this practice that makes zero sense.
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Change the oil. Fill the gas tank, add stabilizer. Fill the tires to 45psi so they don't develop a flat spot. Remove the battery and bring it inside. Cover the bike and kiss it good night until spring.
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Change the oil. Fill the gas tank, add stabilizer. Fill the tires to 45psi so they don't develop a flat spot. Remove the battery and bring it inside. Cover the bike and kiss it good night until spring.
Don't forget to pay it a weekly visit and share a beer (or beverage of your choice) with your bike. Every time I walk past mine in the garage over the winter I think of the great rides we've had.

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I always jacked the bike to keep the wheels off the ground flat spots do happen, or else park it on thick carpet when I was a snow bird I made 4 12x12 sheets of plywood and glued carpet to the wood and parked my fl car tires on the carpet I still have them and park my front wheel of the bike while the rear wheel sit on a piece of carpet daily

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Thanks for all the information. I have new tires that I am putting on in the spring so I will probably just leave it on the ground this winter. I will change the oil, run some fuel stabilizer through the system and fill the tank to the very top. Thanks everyone and as unhappy as I am to say happy cold season lol.

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