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If it matters...I just got our Sporty on the road for the first time this year since being put away for the winter. No fuel stabilizer, no cover, but it was in the garage and on a battery tender. All I had to do was hit the start button a couple times, let her warm up, and was able to ride away.

I REALLY needed to get out on the road as I was going crazy waiting for the temperature to get warm enough.
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CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE.

CHECK YOUR BRAKE FLUID.

Those are critical checks to make. Most tires that sit a few months will lose some pressure. The brakes and fluid should be checked for anything out of spec.

Everything else should be checked periodically like your oil and fasteners, but those things won't kill you if they are needing attention.

Your tires and brakes can.
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Before I store my bike I change the oil, fill the tank, add stabil, make sure they are cleaned and waxed, connect the battery tender and put the cover on. In spring I check the fluids, PSI (tire condition), and just a general visual then, I'm off and riding.

So far, so good!
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Thanks a lot for all the info... and insight. Fluids and tire pressure check were on my list of stuff I would need to do, but thanks for the reminders.

Here in the middle of Ia, most all of the snow is gone, however the streets are still loaded with sand, and of course the potholes are really going to be a problem. Hope the rain that is predicted for tomorrow will wash some of the sand away.

It won't be long now....
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Must be nice to "only" worry about sand....we have salt here to contend with. And the potholes. I'm getting mine out today and bring her home (yeah I know, but my buddy has a LARGE pole barn and I can park the van inside my garage during winter) to start going over a few things. We should be getting some rain early next week that should remove the rest of the salt. I hate that crap!!
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Thanks a lot for all the info... and insight. Fluids and tire pressure check were on my list of stuff I would need to do, but thanks for the reminders.

Here in the middle of Ia, most all of the snow is gone, however the streets are still loaded with sand, and of course the potholes are really going to be a problem. Hope the rain that is predicted for tomorrow will wash some of the sand away.

It won't be long now....
Trekster,

I took my Sporty out on Thursday, the temp was in the high 50's and it was great to be riding again! On Saturday it was a little cooler but my local dealer was having a big sale with raffles so I took a ride there, I even won a Harley jacket.

Hang in there, spring is around the corner.
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I like to start mine up after a long winters nap and drink a beer while she warms up a little before that first ride.
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It was 27 today and was supposed to get to about 50 today. I hadn't rode the bike since Dec 26. No stabilizer or battery tender. I just fired up the bike once a week (it wouldn't start if it was under 30).

It is generally accepted that starting it regularly without warming enough to blow out the condensation does more harm than good, but you didn't specify how hot it gets. This is for those that may not realize your engine should get a decent run up to temperature, and sitting still without air movement isn't good either.
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It was 27 today and was supposed to get to about 50 today. I hadn't rode the bike since Dec 26. No stabilizer or battery tender. I just fired up the bike once a week (it wouldn't start if it was under 30).
CD your comment concerns me. What good do you think you're doing?

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It is generally accepted that starting it regularly without warming enough to blow out the condensation does more harm than good, but you didn't specify how hot it gets. This is for those that may not realize your engine should get a decent run up to temperature, and sitting still without air movement isn't good either.
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It is generally accepted that starting it regularly without warming enough to blow out the condensation does more harm than good, but you didn't specify how hot it gets.

That is what I've always heard too. As tempting as it was, through these long winter months, I did not start it - just to have it run in the garage for a few minutes.

Now, with the economy in the tank, I hope I can afford to ride it when the time comes.
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