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Old 6th November 2019
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Hi,

I would get it out of there ASAP. $400 is a lot cheaper than the repairs you will have to do.

You could then look for a better solution over the winter knowing your bike is safe & sound.

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I would second the $400 storage. If not get a cheap tent or something to put it inside of inside the garage or maybe a cheap breathable cover and put it on a lift as a last resort.
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... a cheap breathable cover...
I throw an old bed sheet over mine. Keeps the dust off and breathes so there's no condensation under it. A cheap Walmart bed sheet is a pretty good cheap "cover".
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Whatever you do, do not put a cotton bedsheet over your bike, it will become a sponge & you'll end up with a whole heap of problems.

I know from experience .
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Well, what I would do is (repeating what some forum members already advised):

-Get some ventilation there.
-Get it upright on a stand and preferably with both wheels off the ground.
-Take the battery out and put it on a battery tender like an Optimate.
-Fill the tank with good gas to prevent forming moisture (rust).
-Clean the bike thorougly
-Put air in the tires.
-Spray the chrome and engine parts with silicone spray.
-Put a breathable cover on it.
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Whatever you do, do not put a cotton bedsheet over your bike, it will become a sponge & you'll end up with a whole heap of problems.

I know from experience .
I've used the same cotton bed sheets for yrs to throw over my bikes during the winter. During the summer they sit on a shelf... They go over bars and are "over" the bike, being held up and out by the handlebars and mirrors at the front and the turn signals at the rear. It's more like a tent over the bike than a horse blanket laying on it. I've done this a lot of yrs with no problems.

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I've used the same cotton bed sheets for yrs to throw over my bikes during the winter. During the summer they sit on a shelf... They go over bars and are "over" the bike, being help up and out by the handlebars and mirrors at the front and the turn signals at the rear. It's more like a tent over the bike than a horse blanket laying on it. I've done this a lot of yrs with no problems.
+1. Garage isnt heated but it's dry. Fresh oil and filter, fill the fuel tank and add a little seafoam. Drive it enough to circulate. Shut it down and pull the battery and leather seat and take them in the house. Put the tender on the battery and call it good.
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Im surprised that everyone says to fill the gas tank up...

Empty the gas tank and spray it with fogging oil and bring it inside with you. Empty the carb and spray the inside bowl with fogging oil and either cover with an oily paper towel or just bring that inside as well. Spray the intake tract with fogging oil and plug it with oily foam. Use the fogging oil in the exhaust pipes too and then the engine will pretty much be pickled... Battery comes inside as well and gets a trickle charge periodically.

I do this with my running bikes because my storage space is similar to OPs conditions. I have to deal with rodents and other small outdoor animals too so thats why I like to plug the exhausts and intake with something oily and breathable. Havent had any rodents trying to make nesting material out of it, or rust problems.

With my fuel injected K100, I use leaded gas and Stabil and leave the fuel system alone.

I will also note that I like to take the gas tanks inside so they dont get damaged. One of my gas tanks has original paint and decals and I worry about a tree falling on my storage or some kind of damage happening or something falling over inside....anything can happen.

If I had a clean storage space and didnt have to worry, I would probably use leaded gas or ethanol free unleaded race gas and Stabil.
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Mine sets in my 12'x12' shed over the winter. I cover it with 3 or 4 old blankets, pull the battery and put it in the laundry room of my house. I always fill the gas tank full with 3oz. of Seafoam in it. I've been doing this for years and years. I had one bike, back in the early '90's, that I would empty the tank over winter and apparently didn't fog the inside well enough, because it developed rust holes along the bottom seam (the leaning side). I've been topping them off ever since, for winter storage. North Dakota winters get bitter cold and has wide temp swings in the early spring and late fall.
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