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Winterizing?

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I'm looking for a Burgie but for now I have a Yamaha Vino 125 ( not fuel injected ). The owners manual for a winterization process of draining the carb, lubricating the cylinder heads, blocking up the wheels, etc.

I live in Kansas City and winter is a toss up. I may not touch it until March or there may be some nice riding days in the middle.

Thoughts on letting her sit for a few months without doing any of the above?

Thanks,
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Hello All,

I'm looking for a Burgie but for now I have a Yamaha Vino 125 ( not fuel injected ). The owners manual for a winterization process of draining the carb, lubricating the cylinder heads, blocking up the wheels, etc.

I live in Kansas City and winter is a toss up. I may not touch it until March or there may be some nice riding days in the middle.

Thoughts on letting her sit for a few months without doing any of the above?

Thanks,
I live in Michigan. I never drain carbs, lubricate the cylinders, etc. I do place battery tenders on my bikes, lawnmowers, Seafood in fuel, etc. I've never had an issue.

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I believe the process they are referring to is long term storage.

The only thing that would concern me is the fuel.
If you can get ethanol free fuel, use it. If ethanol is all you can get, then at least put a fuel stabilizer it. Best if you do both.

If the battery is healthy and it's above 40 or so, the battery should be fine on it's own for a few weeks to a month. Batteries should last 2-7 years. If it's colder, or you have accessories on the bike that draw power, then monitoring the charge of the battery once every 2 weeks or so, and charging if needed for an hr or so with a trickle charger is all that is really needed. Take care as not to over charge the battery, if using a conventional charger or charge the too long. "Cooking" batteries can destroy them. Battery tenders and trickle chargers work best.

If it gets really cold 0(f) for a stretch, and will be weeks then I remove the battery and take it indoors.

Mine can sit for months, and only require a 5-15 minute charge to keep it maintained, using a small trickle charger.

this should help
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Good info. Thanks.

My attached, unheated garage does not get below freezing. I have a tender for the battery.

I use fuel without ethanol.

Suggestion on the best stabilizer? I suppose I need to add it and the run it through the engine for full effects. Today is a nice day for a ride!
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