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Apr 10

Posts: 115

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 09

Posts: 2712

MarcusMarsh says:

Winter storage

My bikes are insured year-round but used a lot less in winter so I do stick some fuel additive in the tank when they are filled up less often.  Never had any problems.   

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52 Black Shadow


Apr 03

Posts: 674

Never a problem......

Just fill the tank up when it gets low and keep riding it!

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Apr 11

Posts: 853

Richnotrich says:

I'm with Stealth

don't start the engine unless you intend to ride the bike.

Unless you get everything up to temperature, including the gearbox, you run the risk of the acids that form from combustion products/air/oil, not fully burning off. They loiter in the engine, gearbox and exhaust and can cause all sorts of problems down the line.

That's why car exhausts rot so quickly when they are only used for short journeys.

As for leaving petrol in the tank over winter, I left my Blade from October to March with a full tank in a damp-ish garage and had no problems.

Either completely empty it or have it harry toppers.

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Aug 02

Posts: 2491

sprag says:

I've owned lots of bikes since 1965

and often left them standing over winter and I can honestly say I've never had a problem starting any of them come spring time. My latest bike is a case in point. It's a 07 Bonneville [carb model] and it got left in my garage from early November last till just a few weeks ago and it started on the button almost immediately.

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Feb 09

Posts: 4757

philehidiot says:

I find

leaving them without petrol means I can't go anywhere. Brum brum.

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