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Hi people

this will be my first winter with a bike and is there anything else on here that has there bike outside all year round and has some advice I need to know when not using it through the winter?

I have the Oxford stormex cover with the fleece lining which is fantastic imo,

I have the battery on trickle charge with oximiser 900.

anything else I need to know?

also bike has only done 4K miles but when do you know to change the chain and sprockets? Is it just looking at them and going off how worn the teeth are etc or change them every so many 1000s miles.

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Change the chain when you can't tension it any more because the adjusters are at max. Change the sprockets when you change the chain.

There is a more technical method to know when to change the chain based upon the distance between a certain number of links, but I have no idea the measurements or number of links.

I would also put a bungee around the bike cover when outside and the wind can rip it apart and damage your paintwork with the flapping bits.
 

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Change the chain when it has stretched more than 1/16 inch over any 12 inch measured section (I use a tape measure). Check it at several places around the chain because chains seldom stretch uniformly.

The reason you should change it when it stretches more than that is because the distance between the links is no longer a good working "match" to the pitch (distance between teeth) on the sprockets. And when that's the case, the chain starts riding up on the tips of the sprocket teeth instead of down between the teeth, and sprocket wear is greatly accelerated. So you'll end up having to replace the sprockets also.

Btw, chains don't really stretch, they just wear, but the wear makes it appear as though the chain has stretched if you measure the chain with a tape measure.
 

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These are great tips guys thanks,
Do you all recommend spaying the exhaust etc with Corrosion Protectant?

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I haven't done that, but doesn't sound like a bad idea. I do make sure the chain has been recently cleaned and lubed.
 

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If I kept my bike outside I wouldn't be able to sleep at night.:eek:
 

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@ dayrider
If I kept my bike outside I wouldn't be able to sleep at night.:eek:
Lol I have no choice at the moment, but we do live in a relatively crime free area and I鈥檝e made it quite difficult for anyone to steal it, 2x kryptonite chains through anchors, 2x disc locks , brake lever lock, and a monimoto mm6, also covered by my ring doorbell and I work close by to home 馃挭馃徎

that should do till we move and I get my double , heated man cave garage lol
 

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if possable keep in a shady area dont need sun heating it up during day, then sweating when temps drop fast at night....will happen with cover on......covered in shade bike stays more at a constant temp......taking cover off from time to time to check out the old girl is a good thing
 

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Make sure to fill the gas tank as much as possible before parking it and adding that previously mentioned stabiliser. The excess air in a tank contains humidity that condenses on the inside of your tank helping it rust early. Due to the eco friendly additives that the governments like to put in the fuel, our engines and other parts suffer, stabiliser helps some but it isnt a miracle product. I like to start the bike and let it get warm every 3-4 weeks, throwing the oil around in the engine a bit, but it might just me missing my bike too much. Consider taking the battery out and bringing it inside. The cold doesnt do it any good, even with trickle charger.
 

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I would suggest to find a warm parking slot for a winter.

Rubber components got cold and hard by the winter. Tires, oil rings in fork, oil rings in chain, rubber sealings in shock absorbers, grippers, sealings and rings in the engine finally =)

Temperatures near ZERO are kills everyting coz water gets in when it is +0 and expands at night when it is -0 temperature.
Not sure how much costs warm parking in the UK, but rust, cracked sealings are more expensive to repair.

You can try to rent a free parking slot for a car, and park 3-4-5 bikes there with your friends.


In any case you really forced to keep it outside I would suggest to:
0. Clean and dry your bike! (especially shiny metal surfaces)
1. Grease your chain and sprokects like like in a porn=)
2. Apply silicon protection for tires.
3.Add stabiliser in a tank
4. Fill in tank with fuel as much as possible (wait few minutes to make air go out, than fill in some more)
3 before 4 so stabiliser mixed. Full tank to prevent condensation inside of tank and rust.

5. Remove battery from the bike
6. Avoid UV


Hello from a warn nest =)
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If you aren't going to start the engine then you could spray it with ACF50. Will smoke lots when you start it but won't do amy damage.

If you want ethanol free petrol I think Esso are the only ones to supply it, and even then not in all regions.
 

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a good advise by F9.
That's the problem with the internet. Here's some of his other advice...
It pre-dates the other vid, but it just goes to show... something... and never use Ipone. :ROFLMAO:
 
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