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STORAGE

Preparation for Storage
Clean the entire vehicle thoroughly.
Fill the fuel tank with the correct grade of
unleaded fuel and add a fuel stabiliser (if
available),
following
manufacturer's instructions
Warning
Petrol (fuel) is extremely flammable and
can be explosive under certain conditions.
Turn the ignition switch off. Do not smoke.
Make sure the area is well ventilated and
free from any source of flame or sparks;
this includes any appliance with a pilot
light.
Remove the spark plug from each cylinder
and put several drops (5 ml) of engine oil into
each cylinder. Cover the spark plug holes
with a piece of cloth or rag. With the engine
stop switch in the RUN position, push the
starter button for a few seconds to coat the
cylinder walls with oil. Install the spark plugs,
tightening to 20 Nm.
Change the engine oil and filter (see
page 58).
Check and if necessary correct the tyre
pressures (see page 97).
Set the motorcycle on a stand so that both
wheels are raised off the ground. (If this
cannot be done, put boards under the front
and rear wheels to keep dampness away
from the tyres.)
Spray rust inhibiting oil (there are a host of
products on the market and your dealer will
be able to offer you local advice) on all
the
fuel
stabiliser
.
unpainted metal surfaces to prevent rusting.
Prevent oil from getting on rubber parts,
brake discs or in the brake calipers.
Lubricate and if necessary adjust the drive
chain (see page 65).
Remove the battery, and store it where it will
not be exposed to direct sunlight, moisture,
or freezing temperatures. During storage it
should be given a slow charge (one ampere
or less) about once every two weeks (see
page 80).
Preparation after Storage
Install the battery (if removed) (see page 83).
If the motorcycle has been stored for more
than four months, change the engine oil (see
page 58).
Check all the points listed in the Daily Safety
Checks section (see page 35).
Before starting the engine, remove the spark
plugs from each cylinder.
Put the side stand down.
Crank the engine on the starter motor several
times until the oil pressure light goes out.
Replace the spark plugs, tightening to
20 Nm, and start the engine.
Check and if necessary correct the tyre
pressures (see page 97).
Check the brakes for correct operation.
Test ride the motorcycle at low speeds.
Storage
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