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Should I take any special measure to keep the bike in storage for 2 months ?

Disconnect battery ?
Empty fuel tank ?
None ?

BTW: here is cold , but not that cold ... no freezing

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Fuel stabilizer

Battery tender if you like. Disconnect might be good, I hear the new ones have mucho drain even while off
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Raise the tires of the ground to keep from getting hard spots in the rubber?
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Consider changing out the blinker fluid, synthetic is now available and lubing the muffler bearings should do it for you. Let the bonding continue.
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If you do not have access to a battery tender then disconnect the battery.

There is cold and there is cold. Over the winter here in the UK I do not use fuel stabiliser and the bike was not run for around two months. It started up fine when I did eventually get to ride it.

I did fill the tank and mostly when the temperatures are low keep the tank filled.
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I have a 2017 bike. This year is its 4th birthday. With that in mind it will require a 20,000 mile service regardless of how many miles are on the clock.

Has your bike been serviced per the FSM? That will be more telling as to whether it will be okay after not running for just 2 months.

To add to above we have E5 petrol here, it will soon be E10. That might make a difference to petrol life.
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Consider changing out the blinker fluid, synthetic is now available and lubing the muffler bearings should do it for you. Let the bonding continue.
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Mine has been stored for almost 6 months..... I did not have time to prepare anything before we got separated..... I just went to pick her up last week..... there she was... patiently waiting for me.... she did not hesitate a second to start purring as soon as I touched her....

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Or just give her to sportsterpaul, he'll look after it for you.
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Slightly over inflate the tires, connect a battery tender to it. I don't know what kind of gas you have, if you have ethanol gas you have a problem. I don't know how to drain the gas out of the tank of an EFI bike. I live in Arizona USA, and we have ethanol gas. It will start to break down and do damage in less than 2 months. I have a 2006 1200L, and I replaced the vacuum petcock with a manual one so I can drain the gas out. Because summers here are so hot (120 degrees F) my bike gets ridden very little during the summer. It sits a lot. I have a 4.5 gallon tank. I only ride the bike maybe 50 miles a month, at night. Not enough to keep fresh gas in it. So once a month I drain all the gas I can get out of the tank (I remove the fuel line from the petcock to the carb, and drain it into a 5 gallon gas can, and pour it into my car. I then refill the gas can with fresh gas and refill the tank with it, then run the bike long enough to get the fresh gas into the carburetor) I do this once a month all summer. Sounds like a pain, but I have seen the damage ethanol can do to anything it touches. It's a lot cheaper and less work than repairing ethanol damage. Ethanol would likely damage the in tank fuel pump on an EFI bike. If there is any way to drain the tank, do it. But don't use the fuel pump to do it, because running the pump until the tank is empty and the pump is running dry will also damage the pump. Hopefully you don't have ethanol gas.
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