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Thanks everyone I feel much better. I always drain the tanks and clean the carbs and change the oil anyway in the spring before I start riding. Thanks again.
Close the fuel valve and run the carb dry. Or open the drain bowl screw and drain the bowl. Or both . Stabil or equal in the tank.
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My bike turned 20 this year and to this point it has never been winterized. Still runs just fine.
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Just to add more info to my post below, is that we live in Canada, and our Non-Riding season i.e. the storage season is about 6 months long each year
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I was also going to say your bike is trashed and to ship it to me for proper disposal. But I was beat out.

I haven't winterized my bike the past two winters I've had it. I do ride it through the season though. Like I did today. A battery tender and some Seafoam in the gas tank is all you'd need. An oil change first thing this coming spring will be advisable.
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Stabil in the tank, I put the battery in the house and hook it back up in march or april, also I would drop and change the oil in the spring, that's what I always do. You'll be good.

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Thanks everyone I feel much better. I always drain the tanks and clean the carbs and change the oil anyway in the spring before I start riding. Thanks again.
The only downside to that is fuel evaporates over winter leaving behind deposits.

Whether one season's deposits will be enough to cause a problem is arguable.

But multiple seasons will build up more and more, and eventually be problematic. ESPECIALLY if you add E-10 to the tank because the ethanol can soften the deposits making them just fluid enough to get into and clog troublesome spots.

SOOOOO, I would suggest 2 things.

1. Next time I would add stabilizer to the fuel AND DRAIN THE CARB before storage.

2. This time, I would add Star-Tron or an additive designed to more completely dissolve deposits, which allows them to pass through the jets and be burned.
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Well I didn't do anything either so ...for gas ,I fuel up at home anyway,and there is stabil in the jerry cans before I fill them up at the station.

The tender is on the batt. I'll just change oil in the spring.
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My winterization procedure is to add another bungee or two to the tarp and put it on a tender.
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I add fuel stabilizer and go out to the garage and run the bike for about 1/2 an hour so or go for a short ride between the cloud bursts. The weather here in the Pacific NW has been pretty mild the last few years with just one week in the 20's. My Sportie sits in an unheated garage and not on a tender, even though I have one, the reason for not is there is no power out in the garage I've run an extension cord out there but got hell from my brother so I just go out about once a week and run it.
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All I did this year was take the battery inside and put seafoam in the tank.
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