Getting ready for winter

Discussion in '2-Stroke Engines' started by Drfefe2, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Drfefe2

    Drfefe2 New Member

    I will try to ride my MB as long as I can, but if i decide it is just too cold here in Minnesota, is there anything I should do besides empty the gas tank to get it ready for winter storage (in a heated garage)??

  2. mechcd

    mechcd Member

    Get all of the gas out of the carb. Take it apart and very lightly blow with compressed air, or take all the rubber seals out and use carb cleaner. Or a dousing with rubbing alcohol prolly would work without damaging the seals.

    The jet and the little needle valve on the float tend to clog up very easily when the gas gets old

    This part might be overkill, but take the spark plug out and put a few drops of motor oil in the hole to prevent the piston ring from rusting. Then put the spark plug back in.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2008

    HERPER Member

    you could probably just winterize it, they have additive for the gas, you run it through then blow some carb winterizer into that and should be good. its what ive done for my snowmobiles and whatnot for years.
  4. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    in a heated garage I think you can go either way

    1 -- for now just run all of the gas out of tank and carb

    2 -- leave your gas in
    start it every couple of weeks
    then when you are ready to start riding again
    new gas

    ride that thing
  5. I don't winterize my rides because it doesn't sit.
    Only a blizzard will stop me.
    Oh yea.
    Hawaiian Blizzard at Dairy Queen.
    I want one.
  6. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Well, Ive got to get my mind into winter mode. Went out Sat. at 05:30, 46 deg. in a sweat suit, no gloves or cap. Got home, after 45 minutes I gave up and took a shower to warm up. Sometimes kerf don't engage brain before starting bike.
  7. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    shiver -- as I -- ride that thing

    yes - the other morning setting out in the dark
    for a little morning MB ride

    man it seemed cold -- and winter has not hit yet
    this old mountain guy was thinking about that ((gloves thread))

    yes -- my excellent memory

    shiver -- as I -- ride that thing

    HERPER Member

    same here.. i was driving to work and classes the other day and it didnt seem like a bad day out.. but when you hit 25-30 in a sweat shirt and jeans... gets colld.

    POLINGPOWER New Member

    Jeans and jacket here GOD I love winter in the DEEP SOUTH
  10. isoxazole

    isoxazole Member

    I was just thinking I should put in fresh antifreeze. Top-ups with water have diluted it. I'll bleed and purge it in the morning.

    I should think of bodywork to shield the engine underneath.
    Otherwise I think the winter salt will take a great toll.

    Maybe I'll get a HT and ride that in the winter. It wouldn't be as much a loss.
  11. MotorMac

    MotorMac Member


    Some of you guys are so lucky to be living in California and the deep south!!I would trade anyday just to get away from these bitterly cold,long Canadian winters! Its too cold to go out on my MB now!:yuck: