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Old 01-15-2019, 04:18 AM
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My 2015 M Sport has been sitting garaged, without any use at all, no battery tender, not started even once. For various irrelevant reasons.


What do I need to do now that I want to ride it again?


I'll probably start by replacing the battery.


Anything in particular I should look out for or do before trying to start it again? Or just roll it out and start it up?
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:55 AM
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

If you don't own one buy a battery charger and hook it up to your bike so you can see if the battery will take a charge. It'll probably take a few hours to charge and then you can crank it up and go for a ride. My bikes have sat unused for 6 plus months and they've always started right up, sometimes they needed a charge to turnover sometimes not but it's a good idea to charge the battery anyway.

Did you add fuel stabilizer? If not add some seafoam, run the tank down and add fresh fuel, repeat at least once. This will help burn off bad fuel. A friend of mine car sat idle for two years and this is what her mechanic recommended. You could also drain the tank.
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

It goes without saying to check and adjust those tyre pressures.

And oil and coolant levels . . .

And make sure you can still get your leg over . . .
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

If the Cam Chain Tensioner oil feed has bled down then the Cam Chain will rattle loudly when the engine starts. A way to avoid the rattle would be to crank it momentarily without letting it run two or three times then start it up like normal. This allows oil pressure to refill the Tensioner oil cavity before running the engine.
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

If you didnít put stabile in the fuel, dump some Chevron Techron in the tank. If the tank wasnít full, fill it with fresh fuel and slosh it around to mix the old with the new. It should start.
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

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If the Cam Chain Tensioner oil feed has bled down then the Cam Chain will rattle loudly when the engine starts. A way to avoid the rattle would be to crank it momentarily without letting it run two or three times then start it up like normal. This allows oil pressure to refill the Tensioner oil cavity before running the engine.
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

Only six months? Check the tire pressure, start bike, ride away.

I regularly store my bike and have zero issues starting it after six months. No cam chain rattle, no problem with gas, etc. I really wouldn't be able to tell the difference if I had started it yesterday. The only caution I would be concerned with is taking it easy until I had my skills back (if I hadn't ridden a motorcycle for a while.)
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

Just run it. I would consider a new battery though. The normal drain has taken the life out of it, and not dependable now. Maybe syphon as much gas out of it and put some fresh in.
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

Most of us up in the Great White North park our bikes at least that long.


Some forget the basics. No biggie...


As Beech said just run it.


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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

Thanks all.


Seems the consensus is to just ride it, which is what I shall do. A new battery has been ordered, just so that I can count on it when out and about.





However, checking to see if I still get a leg over comfortably is probably important.


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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

If it had ethanol gas in it with no stabilizer, and especially if it wasn't topped off before being parked, then I'd add a few ozs of Seafoam to the tank, slosh it around/fill it, and go ride. By the time you've burned off half that tank or less you should have cleared any water contamination problems.
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

Battery: Charged and/ or replaced.
Tires: Inflated
Fuel: unstabilized fuel wonít last for 6 months before starting itís conversion to varnish. Add some fresh fuel and Seafoam before your first ride. Use Seafoam for first two tanks.

Future Storage: Fill the tank, add Stabil and Gas RX. GasRX will stabilize fuels for up to two years.........which I have verified on a sewage pump and lawnmower......and also keep any ethanol in fuel from producing water. I found GasRX while trying to find a solution to keep water in fuel from swelling the composite gas tanks in Ducatiís and Aprilias. Search online.
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

Iíve see. Fuel go bad in as little as a few months, I keep a cheap (under 10 bucks) syphone hose ( shake to start) in the garage and if I park a bike more than a coup,e months I syphon out the fuel, dump that in a car that has a good amount in it already and fill the bike up with fresh, cheaper than buying stabil.
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Iíve see. Fuel go bad in as little as a few months, I keep a cheap (under 10 bucks) syphone hose ( shake to start) in the garage and if I park a bike more than a coup,e months I syphon out the fuel, dump that in a car that has a good amount in it already and fill the bike up with fresh, cheaper than buying stabil.

But, you canít siphon from the carbs or injectors and fuel lines. No manufacturer recommends running anything fuel injected out of fuel. The best option by far is to store vehicles full of gas and to stabilize the gas with products formulated to do so.

The best of those products from my experience in Minnesota storing cars, boats, wave runners, snowmobiles, lawnmowers, snowblowers, motorcycles, etc..........is Stabil and Gas RX. Then Seafoam when I restart them after storage. This has worked for me for years and years storing Winter and Summer machines alternately for 6-7 months at a time.

GasRX says it will stabilize fuel for two years!
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Re: Been garaged for 6 months, now what?

No disrespect to our American cousins, but I think the (very expensive) petrol/gas supplied in the UK is not as vulnerable to breaking down as the stuff sold in the States.

I reckon the K would still fire up it's high compression cylinders after years of neglect, with a tankful of the good stuff such as Shell V-Power.
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My 2015 M Sport has been sitting garaged, without any use at all, no battery tender, not started even once. For various irrelevant reasons.


What do I need to do now that I want to ride it again?


I'll add my two cents.

1. put air in the tires. They will be low
2. put charger on the battery. It will either be good or not, but this is the first step. Replace if necessary.
3. start bike, let it run for several minutes to thoroughly warm up. As soon as possible, fil the tank with new gas. I'm up for the idea of seafoam and the like, but it seems to me that it will start or it won't, and if it starts it can probably just be ridden to a gas station. 6 months just isn't that long.
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