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Putting the bike away for a while - care tips?

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' started by I Adore Vic, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. Hey all - I've pretty much ridden the VTR every day since getting it and now I find myself in the awful awful situation in which I can't ride it. I can't even sit on it and reminisce/pretend... :cry:

    Anyway my question is..is there something I should be doing seeing as it's not being used?

    I hear people say stuff about turning the fuel tap off if it's not going to be used for a while. Does this apply to the VTR250 as well?

    Should I be starting it up every now and then? And will doing so be of any use to the bike or is it purely for my own benefit?

    Also, if anyone is going to be on the Island anytime soon and has a few seconds to spare, could they send me a pm? I need someone to move the bike for me.


  2. ??? What has happened, please???
  3. Hey Paul - had an off (details in General) and broke my left heel. It's a tricky break which will see me off the bike (and the ship :( ) for an indeterminate period of time..how long depends on the healing process. The bone will heal fine but the joints are another thing. There is bleeding into the joints which means there's a high likelihood of the joints becoming stiff and me losing the ability to bend and twist the foot certain ways. Could mean that I wont be able to walk on uneven / rocky ground. My doc gave me an example of how I'll end up walking - and it looked something like a stamp. :shock: Hoping to see a specialist next wk to figure out what to do. :)
  4. This may help :)

    http://www.superbikeplanet.com/winterize.htm and maybe http://www.mototuneusa.com/winterized_!.htm but from glancing, they say similar things, not sure if exact. Best luck with the storage and healing!

    Sucks about your injury but I know about long term ones a bit too much :roll:
  5. Hey Rosie, sorry about your "off", I hadn't heard about it until now.

    To quote an old man I once met "she'll be right", just make sure you do all the physio and more and I hope you are back to normal before you know it.

    As for the bike, let the kids ride it! :wink: :grin:
  6. :shock: jeebus that sux Rosie. Still dont rite yourself of yet. Many people ride with injuries-mwah included, and besides, it kinda helps keep things in check in the throttle department sometimes. I keep riding coz the pleasure outweighs the pain :grin:
    Heal well :roll: no pun intended. Hey look on the bright side :dance: its winter. By sunshine time you will right as rain ready to roll :grin:
  7. why not sell it while the value is still up :grin:

  8. I hear you on the "pleasure outweighs the pain" :grin: Cept I do head back once I sometimes feel the opposite of pain outweighs the pleasure. Usually happens near take off so I'm always close to home to easily head home. It's part of the waking up better some days, waking up crap others routine I seem to have. Nerve injury totally sucks I found, especially in shoulder. At least it hardly plays any hinderence when on a motorbike :grin: :grin: :grin: \:D/ :biker:

    So rosie, hopijng you can actually ride sometime (soon) with or without injury! The bike can be the best physio/pleasure whilst being injured, that I DO KNOW :)

    Hope you found what you wanted in the posts I made before?
  9. Turn the motor over until its on its compression stroke so the exhaust valve is shut, or plug the exhaust and air cleaner so moisture can't get in. Or you could just start it up every two weeks and let it get to temp before turning it off.

  10. Hmm, sure that's correct? I mentioned doing that for my "offtime" after surgery and everyone from memory said "Don't do that. It's bad for the bike" hmm :?: :?:
  11. Ta guys. :) Will get onto it. :)
  12. Definately at least run the bike every week, until it warms up. If you can, take it for a spin too - better to run the petrol through and fill up again than have stale fuel in the bike.

    Rotate the tyres at least once a week, you don't want them getting flat spots.

    Might be a good idea to lend the bike to somebody you trust who'll run it once a week for you and keep it in good shape, bikes really don't like sitting around doing nothing and all sorts of problems can develop. Give me a yell if you want me to help out, I've got some room somewhere in the garage.
  13. Yep thats a good tip :wink:

    I have my bike on race stands ATM does the rotating still apply? I would assume because the tyres have pressure in them they wont loose their shape due to the pressure in the tyre keeping the round profile....

    Hey rosie bad news about your heel. Thats a real blow. I hope the doc has only given you the worse case scenario and in reality it will work out heaps better than that for you :grin:
  14. yeah not good for tyre as well

  15. Don't know how it would be bad for the bike if you are giving it a run and turning it over, sure its not under load by sitting for a bit and revving in neutral. Let's see if anyone will say if its bad? Anyone? I would be better to take it for a ride but rosie can't do that so this is probably the next best thing.
  16. Can't ride it at all Loz...can't even throw a leg over it and sit on it as it means putting pressure on my left foot. Can't even rotate the tyres cos I can't move the damn thing.

    Can only sit and stare at it. :LOL: I trust you with it...will send pm. :)
  17. Probably the best and most comprehensive list I've seen:



    Regards, Andrew.
  18. Great stuff Typhoon! And thanks everyone but it's okay cos I don't have to worry about my baby anymore because it's going to a new home for a little while. :) :( :( :)
  19. OMG...Rosie is trusting her bike to Loz..... :LOL: :wink:

    Sorry about your heel Rosie. Hope your heel heals up real fast. We gotta do a superschool in Sept.