T.Wesley wrote:Buy a trickle charger - IMO there's no need to pull the battery, but that's a common debate - and put some Sta-Bil (or similar product) in the tank so your gas doesn't go bad. Keep an eye on the tires - maybe rotate them a little bit from time to time and keep the pressure up so they don't dry rot. Toss a sheet over it to keep the dust off. Bingo.
A Battery Tender will keep you in good shape for many months, electrically speaking.
I must argue however with the statement "keep the pressure up so they don't dry rot." The air pressure has nothing whatsoever to do with dry rotting. Dry rot comes with age. As the volatile compounds in the tire are constantly "leaking" the tire loses the characteristics that allow it to do its job. The older a tire is, based on date of manufacture, the less likely it will do it's job. Dry rotting is simply visual evidence of that process (of out-gassing). Cracked side walls are the BIG hint!
General guidelines: sport bike tires should be replaced if they are more than 2 years old, sport-tourer tires should be replaced after 3 years, and touring bikes after 4 years, no matter what. The date of manufacturer is a 4 digit number somewhere on the tire (1st 2 digits = week of manufacture, 2nd pair = the year).
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