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    BeemerBoy terham's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregFeeler
    You should ride a bike at lest 10 miles to get it warm enough to purge moisture and contaminants.
    I was able to do some extra purging today and will probably do even more tomorrow. Winters in SE PA aren't so bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 90256
    I have a general question for all whom might want to answer. Being from Wisconsin where the bikes usually have to sleep in the winter, should I start the bikes up occasionally (say once a month) or just keep the chargers on and let them sit until spring? Thank-you and have a wonderful day.
    Jest put in the Living room My GS is

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    Derek you've comitted a sin. You've shown us a clean beautiful BMW when it's rainy & gloomy & cold outside. If that's an old pic taken in fair weather then ok but don't torture a poor man.

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    Hi Folks

    Everyone talks about how good Stabil is for winter layup and I have used it on many engines. My dealer says do not use it unless you want seal damage. Since most seem to use it, there should be a serious rush for seal replacement job, which I haven't heard about.
    Any ideas.
    SE WI is going to be 40 f today and I would be out if there wasn't a quarter mi of ice between the bike and the town road.

    Merry Christmas

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    Dances With Sheep GREGFEELER's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchardRT
    Hi Folks

    Everyone talks about how good Stabil is for winter layup and I have used it on many engines. My dealer says do not use it unless you want seal damage. Since most seem to use it, there should be a serious rush for seal replacement job, which I haven't heard about.
    Any ideas.
    SE WI is going to be 40 f today and I would be out if there wasn't a quarter mi of ice between the bike and the town road.

    Merry Christmas

    What seals is he talking about? Fuel systems have o-rings, but not seals in the conventional meaning of the term. At any rate, I've used Stabil in both airheads and K-bikes for many years, and other vehicles and never had a problem. I'd be curious what he's referring to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchardRT
    Hi Folks

    Everyone talks about how good Stabil is for winter layup and I have used it on many engines. My dealer says do not use it unless you want seal damage. Since most seem to use it, there should be a serious rush for seal replacement job, which I haven't heard about.
    Any ideas.
    SE WI is going to be 40 f today and I would be out if there wasn't a quarter mi of ice between the bike and the town road.

    Merry Christmas
    He probably doesn't like Stabil because of all the lost revenue to him from people who use it. If everyone used it there would be no spring time rush of people bringing in gummed up fuel systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregFeeler
    What seals is he talking about? Fuel systems have o-rings, but not seals in the conventional meaning of the term. At any rate, I've used Stabil in both airheads and K-bikes for many years, and other vehicles and never had a problem. I'd be curious what he's referring to.
    Maybe he's talking about clubbing baby seals (you would need the really big bottle of Stabil to do this right).

    But since most Beemer riders are too old to go clubbing, that's probably not it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow18
    Maybe he's talking about clubbing baby seals (you would need the really big bottle of Stabil to do this right).

    But since most Beemer riders are too old to go clubbing, that's probably not it.
    Naa, that can't be it. I think he is referring to what happens to "SEALS" (the SOF type) when they do land based "Stability" operations. They get gummed up and break down...
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    Clubbing? Isn't that similar to bar-hopping?
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    BUBBAZANETTI
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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmechanic
    Clubbing? Isn't that similar to bar-hopping?

    but with more bass

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    Still riding in this December weather.
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