Winterizing/storage tips and tricks?? Lets see what you got.

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10/21/2017 8:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/21/2017 8:18 PM

So its about time to retire my 2017 KTM SX-F for the winter. I'm changing the oil tomorrow. Then it will be to bed. Here is a list of things I plan on doing. Let me know what ones sound good and what ones are not necessary. Please feel free to add to this list.

1. Bike will be on rear stand
2. Change oil and filter
3. Drain gas, run out whats in lines
4. Lower tire pressures
5. Remove battery, put on tender
6. Remove air filter, put in wash cover
7. Bleed air from forks
8. Bleed out compression air from left fork
9. Put in muffler plug
10. Kiss goodnight


Thats about all I can think of. Does anyone else have any other tips?? Again this is for my 2017 KTM 250 SX-F.

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10/21/2017 9:26 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/21/2017 9:32 PM

I’d also suggest draining the coolant, especially if the bike will be stored in an area where temperatures will drop below freezing.

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10/21/2017 9:47 PM

Mr. Sandman wrote:

I’d also suggest draining the coolant, especially if the bike will be stored in an area where temperatures will drop below freezing.

No the bike will be in a heated garage. Even during those times when it gets into the single digit temps, the inside of the garage is around 45*-50*. So not room temp, but not freezing.

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10/22/2017 3:38 AM

Buy a set of studded tires and keep riding.Photo

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10/22/2017 7:54 AM

In my street bike I would put a cover over it and every couple weeks fire it up to charge battery and get gas circulating.

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10/22/2017 8:13 AM

lumpy790 wrote:

In my street bike I would put a cover over it and every couple weeks fire it up to charge battery and get gas circulating.

I think that is a better choice then running the KTM out of fuel. I have seen those fuel pumps go bad after just a few times running it out of fuel.

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10/22/2017 2:53 PM

I would suggest to leave fuel in the tank to not dry out the pump or line, it's better to dump it out later

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10/23/2017 8:03 AM

ktm-5 wrote:

I would suggest to leave fuel in the tank to not dry out the pump or line, it's better to dump it out later

Not a bad idea but if you do leave fuel in it, add a little Sta-bil fuel stabilizer to it first and run it for a little while. It'll help keep the gas from gumming up the injection system. Come spring, dump the gas into your lawn mower and add fresh gas to the bike and you'll be good to go.

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10/23/2017 11:16 AM

ktm-5 wrote:

I would suggest to leave fuel in the tank to not dry out the pump or line, it's better to dump it out later

Mr. Sandman wrote:

Not a bad idea but if you do leave fuel in it, add a little Sta-bil fuel stabilizer to it first and run it for a little while. It'll help keep the gas from gumming up the injection system. Come spring, dump the gas into your lawn mower and add fresh gas to the bike and you'll be good to go.

I use non ethanol and haven't had an issue with any gumming yet well at least not last winter, with pump gas that would definitely be a good idea.

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10/23/2017 12:46 PM

Might be extreme but i always take my linkage and wheels off and re-grease all the bearings. Mostly for rust prevention but needs to be done for spring anyway

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10/23/2017 12:54 PM

Acidreamer wrote:

Might be extreme but i always take my linkage and wheels off and re-grease all the bearings. Mostly for rust prevention but needs to be done for spring anyway

Honestly I'll probably break my bike down and grease everything too. I want to retorque some stuff and Im going to be adding some parts too.

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10/24/2017 4:38 PM

I am surprised no one has mentioned fogging the cylinder...

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A big thanks goes out to Donnie at Morgantown Powersports and RJ at Beaver Creek Cycles

10/24/2017 6:38 PM

Whymee wrote:

I am surprised no one has mentioned fogging the cylinder...

I've fogged my cylinder on my snowmobile once. But it you start it once a month, this won't be needed.

The VP T4 will easily last all winter and doesn't eat away at your fuel line and o-rings. Just stay away from fuel with ethanol.

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