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    the Wizard of Oz 26667's Avatar
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    Spring training and sta-bil in my R1100RT

    A little winter chat.

    Just for the heck of it, I note that I put Sta-Bil in my machine today. It's been on the charger sitting under its cover for several weeks, but today I let it idle a few minutes just to circulate the gas additive. It was nice to hear the sound. A hair-tad rough for just a moment after I started it, but smooth as ever for the next few minutes.

    here in the northern climes, I usually gauge where we stand regarding the approach of riding weather by the proximity of pitchers and catchers reporting to Fla and AZ, but we still still don't have any snow, and tomorrow's supposed to touch 40 degrees here in Chicago. Could we ride in February this year? Certainly by first week of March, right?

    Still a little light in the sky after 5:00p.

    Back under the cover and attached to the charger. Hmmm...maybe a U-haul trailer and a trip south...

    So...what up with you?
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    We might as well walk. ~ Adam Guettel The Light In The Piazza
    used to own: 1982 R100T, 1984 R65, 1986K75C, 1997 R1100RT, R850R, K75S, 1978 R100RS... what was I thinking?

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    I won't do anything with the bike 'til February.
    New brake lines this year plus all the usual stuff.
    Riding in March could happen, probably not before.
    Mike Marr
    1978 Yamaha XS750 (Needs rings), 1996 BMW R1100RS, 2004 Honda CRF230F

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    Registered User ANDYVH's Avatar
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    Its always been my practice to either start the bike and ride it, or just let it sit for it's winter nap. in almost 19 very reliable years and many, many miles on my 94 RS it has served me very well. Guess I can understand the "mixing the Sta-Bil"rationale, though I have never used the product myself up here in east central Wisconsin. At the end of the season (usually December) I just fill the bike up with non-ethanol fuel, plug int he charger and let it rest.
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    Minnesota Nice! braddog's Avatar
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    Twin Cities - MN

    Not a Rounder...

    I go with the 9 month insurance plan. I'm not insured the months of December, January, and February. Sometimes, when you get the unusual very warm day in January or February, it's very tempting to ride, but I don't do it.

    My bikes are stored in my daughter's garage because she has more room. I'll bring them home in March, that'll be plenty soon. I do add Stabil, fill the tanks, charge the batteries, etc.

    My problem is that I bought the oilhead in September, and got the airhead completely sorted by the end of summer. Just as I got my bikes the way I wanted them, the temps dropped and the snow started to fly. Dang it!

    Oh well, we're already more than halfway through January, days are getting longer. We'll have many more cold days and snow, but being the eternal optimist that I am, I can see spring and riding coming right up.
    Brad D. - Member #105766
    '77 R100RS - Black Beauty (big pipe, baby!)
    '94 R1100RS - Sylvia

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    Winter bike stuff

    I figured out that you can use the plastic car lens polish on a UV-bleached windscreen to get the nice, clear plastic back. Mine was getting so bad I couldn't see through it on a sunny day.

    I've re-painted the police radio box, dashboard, controls & switches, bar end weights and the chin fender; replaced the fuel lines & fuel filter, replaced/painted all the exposed fasteners (they were all rusty), & cleaned off the 1/4" of oil, dirt & gunk that had accumulated on the engine around the sight glass.

    Still to do: Replace the sight glass, black plastic side panels (when I bought the bike they were held on with zip-ties), & grips. Fix the broken bracket in the left hard case, re-tension/replace the choke cable, rebuild/replace the shocks, repair the cosmetic scratches on the cylinder heads (a legacy of being a state police vehicle) and take care of the fluids/filters.

    Definitely a fun winter project
    1997 R1100RT-P

    Motorcycles: Because you never see one parked in front of a psychiatrist's office.

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    A guy on ADV says Stabil is dyed & "deodorized kerosene" from the analysis sheet. Is there any peace to be found in any fuel stabilzing product?
    "If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.

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    Retired from riding rad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 26667 View Post
    here in the northern climes, I usually gauge where we stand regarding the approach of riding weather by the proximity of pitchers and catchers reporting to Fla and AZ, .........

    Wise man.

    Can't wait, may have to run down and see a couple of games.

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    Registered User Olsensan's Avatar
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    I've been using Startron gas stabilizer. From what my dealer guy and the product says, this uses some enzymes to break down water and stabilize the gas. It has been said this is the better solution that will keep gas or kerosene usable for 2 years or more. I have had no issues with it and use it when I store gas for emergencies or keep gas in my snowmobiles.
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