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Old 18th October 2006
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Lightbulb Winterize Your IronHead!

Note that the sequence of doing these steps is important.

1. Add fuel preservative to the fuel tank.
2. Top up the fuel tank to completely full; this will mix the fuel and preservative.
3. Run the bike to warm the engine and transmission oils, to move preservative throughout the fuel system, and to further mix the fuel and preservative.

Edit: Do step 4 only if the engine is fully warmed up, like after a ride. IronHeads should not be allowed to idle cold for that length of time due to limited oil circulation. With the preservative throughout the fuel system it is not really necessary to drain the carb.
4. Drain the carb by shutting off the fuel valve, run the RPM up to 1500 or so a few times then let it run until it stalls [a few minutes].

5. Change the engine oil and filter. Change the transmission fluid.
6. Spray engine preservative into spark plug holes.

Edit: re step 7, if the bike has electronic ignition, be sure to have spark plugs in the wires and grounded on the cylinder heads while cranking the engine. I use a spare set for this.
7. Crank the engine with the spark plugs disconnected to distribute the preservative. Spray some of the engine preservative spray into the intake while cranking.

8. Plug exhaust pipes if mice may be a problem.
9. Wash and wax the bike.
10. Put battery on an automatic battery charger, or put it on a trickle charger overnight once a month. Use between .75 and 1.5 amps.

Edit: For extended storage consider removing the pushrods. This will ensure that the valves are closed and that the valve springs are in their uncompressed state.

Edit: December 2012, a good suggestion from forum member stalkie ...

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I spray on any part that might corrode and areas that are a bit more difficult to reach or where I dont want to comtaminate surrounding surfaces spray on to a rag and wipe over with that. I tend add another coat when I feel it's needed, your bike does end up rather dirty but at least it's easy to clean off with some mild detergent when the weather improves. I rather live with a bit of winter grime to preserve my summer sparkle and shine !
EDIT: ... and one last thing to keep in mind ...
WINTER - Why You Shouldn't Just Start and Run Your Bike...
http://xlforum.net/forums/s....php?t=1737170
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Winter Storage for Your Ironhead

1. Add fuel preservative to the fuel tank.
2. Top up the fuel tank to completely full.
3. Run the bike to warm the engine and transmission oils, and to mix the fuel and preservative.
4. Drain the carb by shutting off the fuel valve and let it run until it stalls.
5. Change the engine oil and filter. Change the transmission fluid.
6. Spray engine preservative spray into spark plug holes.
7. Crank the engine with the spark plugs disconnected to distribute the preservative. Spray some into the intake while cranking.
8. Plug exhaust pipes if mice may be a problem.
9. Wash and wax the bike.
10. Charge battery with an automatic or trickle charger once a month. Use between .75 and 1.5 amps.
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Did I meantion I hate winter??
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Mick(10. Charge battery with an automatic or trickle charger once a month. Use between .75 and 1.5 amps). I always thought you set it and forget it.Doesnt it go into a float mode.Battery tender?Great tips but I just got her so Im still going to it snows,12 years is alot of time to make up for.Thanks
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Hey guys these are Iron heads, justy park that pig and wrestle with it next spring. You know its gonna be a bitch no matter what you do anyway.

Oh yeah did I mention mine is super winter proofed. Its in a million pieces on the work bench so its actually as winter proofed as it can get. Those sneaky meeses may be a bigger problem thatn I think though. Dang it any way.

Good Ideas Mick but the Iron heads all have minds of ther own. Stupi dancing bananaaaaaaaassssss

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last night I moved TNT over to the side of the garage. i made room for my car. This morning there are 6 inches of snow. It's kind of sad but what the heck summer was over a month ago.
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Mick(10. Charge battery with an automatic or trickle charger once a month. Use between .75 and 1.5 amps). I always thought you set it and forget it.Doesnt it go into a float mode.Battery tender?Great tips but I just got her so Im still going to it snows,12 years is alot of time to make up for.Thanks
Yes, set it and forget it if it is an automatic charger. For a non-automatic charger charge it overnight once a month.

I "have heard" that you should not use a charger greater than 2 amps on any motorcycle battery, that it will wreck the battery. I do not know if this is true or not, just that i recall years ago hearing it from some reliable source.

I use a Battery Tender model rated at 1.25 amps. Some of the larger automatic battery chargers are rated at 10 or 12 amps.

I ride until they salt the roads.

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... This morning there are 6 inches of snow ...
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Hey MDT, where the heck are you anyway? Geeze, it's bad enough here in SW Ontario. But 6" snow already!? I hope to ride until early December here.

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why not ride in the winter? no bugs and anytime it's above 35 and the suns out Mojo's gonna put the thermals on and go riding. Obviously if there isnt snow on the road.

but yeah I change fluids at the onset of cold weather too.
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The problem with riding in Winter in SW Ontario is salt. They spread huge quantities of salt on the roads. Salt == rust.

I ride until they salt the roads. I ride again after there has been enough rain to wash the salt away.
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The problem with riding in Winter in SW Ontario is salt. They spread huge quantities of salt on the roads. Salt == rust.

I ride until they salt the roads. I ride again after there has been enough rain to wash the salt away.

I know its a little early to be thinking about this, but are you gonna do the New Years Eve ride this year?
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I know its a little early to be thinking about this, but are you gonna do the New Years Eve ride this year?
I'll be riding every day that i can. This past New Year i had to shovel my driveway 3 or 4 times during the day to ensure that it would be clear at midnite. A foot of snow on the roads, so at midnite i rode up and down the driveway. I'll do it again if i have to.
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