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Apr 10

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tim8061 says:

Who leaves petrol in their bike over winter?

So who leaves petrol in their bike over winter and doesn't have a problem starting it in spring?

I know about a dozen guys who have no problem, including me, and don't actually know anyone who has had petrol "go off" despite all the crap people spout.

In fact I know at least a couple of mates who've left vehicles standing for a couple of years and started them with a new battery, no worries. I know 2-strokes can be a bit more fussy, and letting fuel in carbs evaporate isn't good but I'm talking modern 4 stroke injected engines.

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Aug 02

Posts: 29226

Kamchat says:


No problem here ...Sky's gsxr750 was left this winter for 6 month's ...we just charged up the battery and it fired up no problem first time.:winkie:

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Mar 09

Posts: 8919

jaffa90 says:


I put a fuel stabilizer in the tanks and run it through,also start the bikes up once a month to running temp.

I/you cannot risk getting them fine injectors or carb jets partly blocked because this will cause a weak mixture.

Also what about the water in the bottom of the tanks, more so using the cheapest unleaded fuel that contains up to 5% ethanol (this absorbs moisture).

My advice is use super unleaded with additives and not supermarket fuel.    

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Mar 03

Posts: 2925

obewan says:

not had a problem

Thing I always find is there is often a nice weekend even if damnable cold even in the middle of winter when you can get a few miles in.

Or spring comes early, ok this year is the exception so I keep the bike on road 12 months and dont do anything when I put it away other than good clean. Oh and plug in Optimate and whenever I need/want it there it is and it always starts



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Jan 11

Posts: 8393

aehewitt says:


Always brim the tank over Winter....  But they do live in the house during the winter months, no problem starting..:smile

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Aug 05

Posts: 7568

babyblade41 says:

I fill good quality fuel in the mv

And drain the Vfr, every week I start them up until the fans cut in 

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Sep 09

Posts: 1766

beaconsman says:


top both  up with a gallon or several over winter as i run them both up every week if its severely cold..only once have i had fuel go off in the zed, wouldnt even fire on it, drained and fresh put it on, on the button every time...

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Jan 11

Posts: 8027

snev says:


no problem with fuel.....But Clutch Fluid and me ....ain't talkin....innit....:ph43r:

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Jan 10

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albert88 says:


i had a prob last year with dodgy fuel , but it must of been cheap shit . stunk of turps ?, drain ,refill fuel flush and all was well:smile

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Feb 08

Posts: 6519

StealthSV says:

Never had any probs with fuel..

Just park um up, plug in Optimate and roll on salt free roads!.. :sunglasses:

Would strongly advise against starting them up every now n then tho, no matter how 'hot' you get them. If you can't take it out for at least 10 miles or so then the resultant moisture build up in the engine/oil/exhaust will do now't but harm!
Don't do it! :shock:

* cue abuse from those who 'know' better *

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Feb 11

Posts: 2599

gungerdin8 says:

oy stealth

i dint av a prob it sat thair all winter n started on the biutton?????????????????????????????????????

nee bother ?:blink:

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