Please note that while this node specifically refers to the Honda CB400F, it's probably applicable to any non-fuel-injected bike from the 60s-80s.
Well, the rainy season is beginning here in lovely Washington State
, and now seems like a great time to think about storing your bike for the winter
. Those living in sunnier climes
may not need this information for a month or so yet, if ever, but for many of us the season is already over. Here's how to secure your baby
, and engage in a little preventative maintenance
Take out the battery
, and store it in a cool, dry place. You may want to place the battery on something non-conductive
, like a rubber
mat. Batteries can expel their charge through concrete
floors, so be aware. Every two-three weeks, trickle charge
the battery using a 0.5 amp
charger. The proper amperage
batteries is 1/2 amp and no greater. The plates in these batteries are very thin compared to car batteries and are easily damaged by high amperage
charging. Fill the battery with distilled water
to the proper mark if it appears to be low.
Fill the gas tank
up to the very top. This eliminates the air chamber above the fuel that is a place for condensation
buildup. Water buildup == rust
, and rust particles in your gas supply is a Bad Thing
which can result in poor performance.
Turn the fuel petcock
to off and drain the carburetors
. The screw located on the bottom of the carb float bowls
will allow easy drainage. If you do nothing else, you should empty the carbs
. Your bike should never be left sitting for more than two weeks with the same gas in the carbs. The lighter components of gasoline tend to vaporize off leaving the heavier ones, also known as varnish
. This can also cause poor performance, and usually means you'll have to take the carb assembly out and give it a good cleaning. Spare yourself the trouble, drain the carbs
Extract each spark plug
and squirt in a shot of fogging oil
down into the cylinder. With the ignition in the off position, kick over the engine
to coat the walls of the cylinder with oil. Replace the plugs.
5.) Squirt a shot
of fogging oil
into each exhaust.
Rub down any chrome
with an oil dampened rag.
Place the bike on its center stand
and deflate the tires slightly. This is not really required but it does prolong the use of the tires a bit.
Vola, your winterization
is complete. This can save you a lot of aggrivation in the long run, and helps get you out on the road faster when spring finally rolls around. Ride on!