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Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby rspaulding » Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:47 pm

I was just wondering what precautions I should take when keeping my scooter in the garage during the cold Minnesota winter? Is there any additive I should put in the gas tank to keep it good? or anything?

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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby moebobbie » Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:13 pm

Fill the tank to the top, add Stabil to the fuel and get the tores off the concrete. I use a piece of wood under mine. Take the battery out and place it on a battery tender and then kiss her goodnight until spring!

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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby rspaulding » Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:22 pm

It's already been pretty cold here for about a month already, am I too late for any of that? Could I have already caused troubles by not doing this sooner?

and what is a battery tender?
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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby moebobbie » Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:20 pm

You haven't lost anything. Do it as soon as you can.

A battery tender is the brandname of a motorcycle battery trickle charger. It feeds the battery as needed. You just plug it in and forget it. Make sure there is sufficient electrolite if your battery is not a sealed unit. They're worth their weight as far as I'm concerned.

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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby rspaulding » Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:48 pm

im just curious... what could happen if I dont use a battery tender?
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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby JD » Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:25 am

If the battery runs too flat, you'll kill it and it won't hold a charge.

I don't have a tender, but I take the battery out and connect it to a regular charger. Everyone couple of weeks, I turn on the charger for a moment or two until it charges the battery back up.


John, what's the purpose of the wood under the tires? I've heard this before but never understood it, and never done it. What risk have I been running?

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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby John » Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:53 am

Just keep off cement. Roll bike periodically, cracking can happen and flat spots.
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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby moebobbie » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:24 pm

Ya JD...the concrete can increase the drying out of the rubber. Using our bikes as much as we do we'll go thru the tires before they really dry out.
I just got into the habbit and kept doing it.

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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby JD » Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:41 pm

I wonder what chemistry is going on there. Why would the tires' contact with concrete cause them to dry out faster than contact with asphalt, or wood, or linoleum? Strange stuff.

I've also heard it said that batteries shouldn't sit on concrete for an extended period of time. I've never figured out why it's such a bad idea to leave things on concrete. It's as though it has cooties or something...

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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby mountainmoped » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:56 pm

A real man would ride his scooter all winter.
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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby John » Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:08 pm

Hey Bryan, Iam sending you a couple of containers of snow to try out under your scooter. lol
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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby maddog » Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:42 pm

hey john, i am sending you some cold weather and rain, aloha!!!
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re: Storing scooters during Minnesota winter

Postby John » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:40 am

I'll take the rain from the aloha state, snow back at ya. Have a good one, ride safely!
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