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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-17-2007, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Heated Motorcycle Cover for old man Winter?

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.
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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 48.9į 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?



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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-17-2007, 08:10 AM
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I'm not an engineer or mechanic but I don't think that winter temperatures and condensation/rust are necessarily connected. It's more about the humidity in the ambient air. Whether your garage stays in the 30's or the 40's won't make a difference. Plus I don't think this cozy legs contraption would really make a difference. Probably burn out in a few days. Just my
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i was told just start the bike and let it warm up to running temps, in my case thats 210 degrees once a month, but maybe a heating blanket drapped over the bike cover if your really that paranoid



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The problem with internal rust comes when you fire up the bike every couple days or weeks from the owners who are too lazy or dumb to winterize. Put the Stabil in it and prep according to your service manual and let it sit for the winter. Don't start it until you're ready to ride consistently again. It'll be fine.



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i was told just start the bike and let it warm up to running temps, in my case thats 210 degrees once a month, but maybe a heating blanket drapped over the bike cover if your really that paranoid
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The problem with internal rust comes when you fire up the bike every couple days or weeks from the owners who are too lazy or dumb to winterize. Put the Stabil in it and prep according to your service manual and let it sit for the winter. Don't start it until you're ready to ride consistently again. It'll be fine.
Exactly what Marko was saying. The start up idea is VERY VERY VERY BAD! Let it sit! I have been winterizing bikes longer than Drewpy's hasn't been a virgin.

Heat in cold air creates moisture, moisture creates condensation, condensation creates rust. ==== BAD IDEA! Probably the worst idea.

As far as the heated cover... there are all types of covers. Could even go with one of those canapy covers.




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Mine sits just like yours is... covered on stands, unheated garage.
Works for the lawn mower, why not the bike!

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they make the one i posted in a strap on version
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thats what i have been told, i dont do it though i stabil, cover, trickel charge, put on stands



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oh, then skip out of the state to FL and come back when its warmer so i know its not being touched



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Cool, thanks dudes!


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Sorry to thread jack but what do you guys recommend if my bike has to sit outside all winter. I live in an apartment and have no garage or covered parking. When I move I might be able to leave it on our patio but that's as good as it gets.

I can't afford stands, nor would I get them since they'd just get stolen so is there anything else I should do for the tires?

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When I use to store my bike outside... i would chain (actually cable) the stands to the bike rims.




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I can't afford stands, nor would I get them since they'd just get stolen so is there anything else I should do for the tires?
Put it in the living room and get stands

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Sorry to thread jack but what do you guys recommend if my bike has to sit outside all winter. I live in an apartment and have no garage or covered parking. When I move I might be able to leave it on our patio but that's as good as it gets.

I can't afford stands, nor would I get them since they'd just get stolen so is there anything else I should do for the tires?
Just keep the wheels off the concrete. Put wood under them.



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Just keep the wheels off the concrete. Put wood under them.
Or even some carpet squares under the tires if nothing else. Go to a carpet store and ask for free samples

And yeah don;t start your bike up in the winter unless you are going out riding. Condensation in the cylinders leads to rust in the cylinders.

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Put it in the living room and get stands
Haha thanks everyone, I'll see what I can do about carpet. I can't put the bike in the living room though cause if I do that then I have to let my boyfriend work on engines in there and eventually I'm sure my roommate would get pissed about it.

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