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Snowin' bigtime

Hate to say it but it may be time to winterize. It may be a while before the salt disappears too. Looks like I gotta get to the gas station with a can to top off my tank and get the sta-bil in it.

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I also need to gas up my tank. got my bike back on friday and the light tank made the front end come up quite nicely. damn cold weather.

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I just started the winterization. I did the oil change and clutch cable lube. I ran out of WD-40 to clean the chain with. I also need to get another bottle of Honda premixed radiator fluid since the SV requires more than the quart I bought.. dohh! I think I'll do my air/fuel mixture screw check and carb shim right before unwinterizing. No point doing that stuff if I can't test ride it.

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Hate to say it but it may be time to winterize. It may be a while before the salt disappears too. Looks like I gotta get to the gas station with a can to top off my tank and get the sta-bil in it.

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Be happy to know not one flake has fallen by our houses yet,

I just talked to the wife she said the same thing. But it's coming.

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I just talked to the wife she said the same thing. But it's coming.
SHIT SHIT... yeah we're gonna be hit HARD by this snowfall it seems... where do I get the stabill and a trickle charger? I am sooooo fucked if I don't get this thing all tied up before the snow hits...
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SHIT SHIT... yeah we're gonna be hit HARD by this snowfall it seems... where do I get the stabill and a trickle charger? I am sooooo fucked if I don't get this thing all tied up before the snow hits...

Stydie relax.


Just go to any hardware store, walmart etc to get sta-bil. You can order a trickle charger online somewhere and put it on when it gets here no biggy. Just make sure your gas tank is topped off with fresh gas right before you put in the sta-bil

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Stydie relax.


Just go to any hardware store, walmart etc to get sta-bil. You can order a trickle charger online somewhere and put it on when it gets here no biggy. Just make sure your gas tank is topped off with fresh gas right before you put in the sta-bil
Can I still ride my bike with sta-bill in the tank? I can make sure to fill it up... there isn't a walmart around here... and I've had REALLY bad luck finding anything useful at Target (which is the nearest mega-store thing around here)... I guess I could try home depot or something but I have a feeling I'm gonna be driving around aimlessly looking for it.

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Any hardware store that sells snowblowers/whatnot will have Sta-bil. I bought it at Ace. Home Depot might be a stretch but it may have it.

I need to order a Battery tender Jr. and pull the battery out of the SV.

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Stydie - yes, it's fine to run it with Sta-bil. Actually... DO run it, one you put the Sta-bil in. You want to be sure that all the fuel in the system (down into the carbs) is mixed with it. The carbs are the one thing you DON'T want to gum up from oxidized fuel.

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Oh - and FYI - it's snowing like a mo-fo... snowed all the way from Huntley to Arlington Heights...

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Can I still ride my bike with sta-bill in the tank? I can make sure to fill it up... there isn't a walmart around here... and I've had REALLY bad luck finding anything useful at Target (which is the nearest mega-store thing around here)... I guess I could try home depot or something but I have a feeling I'm gonna be driving around aimlessly looking for it.

Thanks for the site obijuan!

thanks again brah... you a lifesaver

You can still drive with it in but you need to run a certain fuel/sta-bill ratio and keep it topped off so you'll need to burn a full tank and put sta-bil in again when your done.

psssssss try the auto section in Walgreens or CVS on your walk home tonight. Sta-bil is pretty common, you'll be surprised where you find it.

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you can also pick up stabil from track auto/pep boys (auto parts) stores. thats where i bought mine from last year.
damn, that reminds me, i still have to dump some in my tank!
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Well I'm not putting the bike away for winter I'm just gonna ride whenever it remotely gets warm like I did on Friday night.

I just put a mile on it riding ONLY up and down the alley. Did you know you have to drive up and down my alley at least 5-6 times to put a mile on? I know that now

It was kinda fun except since I wasn't wearing a helmet my ears were freezing! My little baby boy definitely enjoyed the excercise.
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you can also pick up stabil from track auto/pep boys (auto parts) stores. thats where i bought mine from last year.
damn, that reminds me, i still have to dump some in my tank!

Pep boys also has water wetter for 1/2 the price of the bike shop. I unfortunately found that out the hard way

No, water wetter and winterization do not happen at the same time.

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Pep boys also has water wetter for 1/2 the price of the bike shop. I unfortunately found that out the hard way

No, water wetter and winterization do not happen at the same time.

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Well I'm not putting the bike away for winter I'm just gonna ride whenever it remotely gets warm like I did on Friday night.

I just put a mile on it riding ONLY up and down the alley. Did you know you have to drive up and down my alley at least 5-6 times to put a mile on? I know that now

It was kinda fun except since I wasn't wearing a helmet my ears were freezing! My little baby boy definitely enjoyed the excercise.
I was thinking that too cause I got most of my winter projects on the house done already, but there is still soooo much to do so I think it's time to put it away for me

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Stydie, water wetter is used in place of glycol-based antifreeze at the track. If you blow up a motor, crash, etc. it is much less slippery and easier to clean up than antifreeze.

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Yeah, that's where I'd go.

Stydie, I also have a trickle charger, but I'm on the Chicago/Elmwood Park border (watch, now the near W suburban people are going to be banging on my door!!). But more to the point, where are you keeping it?

I'm also not completely putting mine away, as the possibility exists of a few warm spurts here and there.

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I was thinking that too cause I got most of my winter projects on the house done already, but there is still soooo much to do so I think it's time to put it away for me
aaawww....poor little girl going away. Even if I just put a mile on him up and down the alley it's better than not riding at all.

I know the minute I put him up it'll be warm, last year there were bursts of warmness all over the place. (of course now that I saw that, it won't thaw until friggin May )
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aaawww....poor little girl going away. Even if I just put a mile on him up and down the alley it's better than not riding at all.

I know the minute I put him up it'll be warm, last year there were bursts of warmness all over the place. (of course now that I saw that, it won't thaw until friggin May )

It's best. She needs a rest anyhow....I put her through alot this year.

If it warms up I'll take it out again it's not that big of a deal for me to put it back up if need be.

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(of course now that I say that, it won't thaw until friggin May )
Nice work Babette... way to jinx us.


Mine's been put away for probably close to a month now. Topped it off with race fuel last week, and ran it in the garage to make sure the good stuff got through everything. The street bike is covered up - the race bike will be as soon as I get it back together. They won't be chilly this year however - I'm gonna run a duct to the garage from my heater, so it'll be nice n toasty in there

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Well if I had said there'd be nice days out, there wouldn't be any, didn't want to jinx that either. Oh well, ya can't win.


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