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December 18, 2015, 07:32:29 AM on

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Is it worth draining the fuel when laying bike over the winter, then risk having to strip and clean the carbs or fill the tank and use a fuel stabiliser?

December 18, 2015, 07:43:13 AMReply #1 on

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I'd try the search function on this as there are a lot of threads that cross this topic. :icon_study:

December 18, 2015, 08:22:42 AMReply #2 on

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I thought that it was metal tank brim full of petrol with stabilzer added and plastic tank as empty as possible due to the ethanol in the fuel.

December 18, 2015, 10:07:46 AMReply #3 on

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Is it worth draining the fuel when laying bike over the winter, then risk having to strip and clean the carbs or fill the tank and use a fuel stabiliser?

Oh go on then, let's all have another barny  :icon_lol:
You will loose some volatiles in the fuel but you will survive it and probably barely notice the difference. The UK fuel is still good by comparison to USA in this regard.
I'm a believer that carbs should remain wet to protect the O-rings. Especially the needle and seat, but even more of a believer that if you are really concerned about the bike, run it to operating temp at least once a month.
The only time I'd drain a tank is to get rid of water, otherwise full / empty make as much as no difference. This is petrol, not diesel, no (FAME/ Bio-diesel) diesel bug potential here.

You should be riding your tigger in winter here anyway. This isn't N America, stop being pussy.  :nono

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December 18, 2015, 12:17:11 PMReply #4 on

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Add some stabiliser (seafoam/profi-fuel etc) give it a good mix up and run the engine to get it through the carbs, that works for me.

Although going by the temp atm, we're not gonna have to store them for long. I was putting the recycling out at 7:30am in a gale, and wearing a just a t-shirt.... I felt decidedly scottish ....dead 'ard! :hat10
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December 18, 2015, 02:30:26 PMReply #5 on

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Add some stabiliser (seafoam/profi-fuel etc) give it a good mix up and run the engine to get it through the carbs, that works for me.

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December 19, 2015, 01:07:25 PMReply #6 on

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Has anybody tried or had experience of this stuff Alkylate Fuel ? Pricey but I'm tempted to give it a try if I have to a be a guinea pig.
I used to have long hair, took acid and went to hip joints. Now I long for hair, take antacid and need a new hip joint

December 19, 2015, 01:30:05 PMReply #7 on

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I was only asking as the haynes manual suggests a fuel stabiliser and the triumph manual suggests draining tank and carbs.
Alkylate Fuel looks tempting though.

December 19, 2015, 02:38:49 PMReply #8 on

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That stuff looks interesting, may try some of the 2f stuff in the solex, trouble is it needs to be 40:1 for that
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That stuff looks interesting, may try some of the 2f stuff in the solex, trouble is it needs to be 40:1 for that

 :pimp Shmokin
I used to have long hair, took acid and went to hip joints. Now I long for hair, take antacid and need a new hip joint

December 19, 2015, 05:54:55 PMReply #10 on

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It's such a powerful wee beastie it needs extra oil  :icon_rolleyes:
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I rode mine to work yesterday, no heated grips or other pussy bits fitted. The best way to keep these bikes happy is use them. But make sure the salt has washed off the road though. We had a sudden snow fall last weekend, but all thawed in 48 hours. Now all clear. It is not difficult in the UK, just ride it. I appreciate that it is totally different in Northern parts of North America, nine months of winter as I had in Northern Newfie, is no joy for a motor bike.
It\'s ok , this will only take 5 minutes.
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December 20, 2015, 12:40:07 AMReply #12 on

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I rode mine to work yesterday, no heated grips or other pussy bits fitted. The best way to keep these bikes happy is use them.

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I rode mine to work yesterday, no heated grips or other pussy bits fitted.

Hello stranger,  thought you were hibernating. So this means that you're adding extreme weather riding to your arsenal of skills like extreme filtering  :thumbsup
I used to have long hair, took acid and went to hip joints. Now I long for hair, take antacid and need a new hip joint