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LeBoof

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LeBoof says:

Heater over Winter?

A two pronged question. My bike's in good condidtion and I'd like to keep her that way. My garage got some water in with the bad weather and smells a bit damp even though I've tried airing it for sometime. Currently, I've covered my by with cloth sheets, should I let air at her? Leave her uncovered?

I suffer very cold winters usually, so given the damp issue and perhaps a bit of moisture, I was thinking of running a 45w tubular heater under the bike during the colder, damp days, or maybe even permantly on for a few months. Is this a good idea or could it cause more issues than just leaving her as it is. Typically I would rarley/ never ride the bike during NOV-FEB.

Thank you in advance for your reply.

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

winter

Damp/moisture/water does a lot of damage,putting a small heater in will create humidity and make things worse.Cloth covers absorb moisture and too will smell.

I suggest putting a thin layer of oil (3 in 1) all over the metal/chrome bits/frame (not the brake discs),WD40 on the seat and whatever else you think.

Cover the bike with a waterproof cover,i hope you run some fuel stabiliser through or remove the fuel before storage.The battery would be better indoors.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Winter storage

My bikes are insured and used year-round although less in winter as I avoid taking them out in the worst of the wether or when the roads have been salted.  However, the do of course, spend a lot more time in the garage in winter. My garage gets damp as heavy rain drives in under the door and at the end of the roof.  I use breathable outdoor covers on my bikes in winter (Keeps the dust and crap that is blown in off my bikes) and they are both fine.  The garage itself actually dries out quite fast once we have a dry day or two.  If your garage does get damp the secret is to keep it as well ventilated as possible so it also has a chance to dry out.      

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LeBoof

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LeBoof says:

Ta

Thanks guys, I think I'll keep the doors open to let more air in and think about the WD etc.

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