Is there such a thing? My garage isn't heated, gets extremely cold in the winter.
I've got the bike up on front and rear stands to protect the tires, lubed the chain, cleaned the bike, added fuel stabilizer to the gas tank with a fresh tank of premium.
Then a couple days ago I found this old thread
which linked to this big oil comparison.
In addition to making me decide to switch to Amsoil next season, I'm now worried about the extended periods of low temperature that comes with winter.
Rust protection is of particular importance in motorcycle applications. Motorcycles are typically not used every day and are
often stored during the off-season. Condensation and moisture within the engine can cause rust. Rust is very abrasive and
leaves pits in metal surfaces. Rust rapidly accelerates wear and can cause catastrophic failure. Roller bearings are especially
sensitive to rust. Oil, however, has little or no natural ability to prevent rust. General engine oil additives may provide
some degree of rust protection, but for superior anti-rust properties, rust inhibitors must be added.
Rust protection is measured using the ASTM D-1748 humidity cabinet test. The procedure calls for metal coupons to be
dipped in the test oil, then placed in a humidity cabinet for 24 hours at 48.9° C. After 24 hours, the coupons are removed
and inspected for rust. Oils allowing no rust or no more than three rust spots less than or equal to 1 mm in diameter are
determined to have passed. Oils allowing more than three rust spots or one rust spot greater than 1 mm in diameter are
determined to have failed. The degree of failure has been divided into three additional categories: 1-10 spots, 11-20 spots
and 21 or more spots.
Now I'm wondering if anyone knows of anything that would keep the bike at a close to room temperature level. Be it a heated cover or engine block warmer.
I don't want to place a space heater under or near it for safety reasons. I have a vented cover so I was thinking of placing something like this
underneath it to put heat up into the cover and keep the bike relatively warm on super cold times of the winter. Then if I'm feeling particularly anal retentive I might put a dehumidifier underneath it also.
Is it not that big of a deal? Thoughts, ideas?