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Laying up for the winter?

Discussion in 'Norton Motorcycles (Modern)' started by Dozer, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. Dozer

    Dozer

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    With the clocks going back here in the UK and the end of our unusually decent summer, my thoughts now turn to laying the 961 up for the winter in the garage.

    My routine is:
    Clean it
    Optimate connected
    its been ACF50'd so shouldn't need WD40 apart from oiling cables etc.
    Wrap in a sheet
    See it again in March.

    Im lucky enough to have a Triumph to use in winter, so its not my only bike.

    Anybody ride through the winter on their 961? Im sure it would be fine, but I don't want to subject it to British winter roads, which are horrible...
     
  2. der

    der

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    Clocks going back certainly stops the fun in after work runs around the mountains.
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    But dry roads on winter Sundays are fabulous fun, stopping to thaw out your fingers can be quite nice too depending on the location :)[​IMG]
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  3. Deets55

    Deets55 VIP MEMBER

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    der,
    wow that's some beautiful country side. What part of Wales is that. Great looking bike too!
    Pete
     
  4. BPHORSEGUY

    BPHORSEGUY

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    Fantastic photos but be careful, it almost looks like you are on the wrong side of the road ! :shock:


    You are a lucky man !





    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  5. Dozer

    Dozer

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    If I lived in scenery like that Id probably keep it on the road....

    But Cambridge is flaaaaat, plus its full of tractors covering salted roads in mud, no fun at all.

    This is where the Triumph explorer comes into its own, and it has heated grips!
     
  6. der

    der

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    It's Snowdonia north Wales, tends to rain a bit here though lol. The postcode LL57 3LZ should take you to the area with google maps if you want a closer look.
    cheers
    Derek
     
  7. Deets55

    Deets55 VIP MEMBER

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    Derek,
    I just Google map(ed) that postal code. That is an amazing area you live near/in. Thanks for sharing.
    Pete
     
  8. BPHORSEGUY

    BPHORSEGUY

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    When the time comes I'm going to put mine in the family room, or in a heated aircraft hanger. The problem with the family room is if we get a week long thaw with salt free clear roads it will be difficult to get the bike out ! With the aircraft hanger I just drive out ! Either way I am going to try and hold out for a few more weeks ! :D
     
  9. roofus

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    Don't forget to put fuel stabilizer in the tank or drain the tank.

    Some people also recommend plugging the exhaust pipes, but I am not sure why.
     
  10. bwolfie

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    Varmints, they like living in the pipes. I recomissioned my XS 650 after a 20 year nap, the pipes were full of nuts and stuff.

    Also draining the tank and fogging it is the best for longevity.
     
  11. BPHORSEGUY

    BPHORSEGUY

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    Plastic tanks are not usually fogged :lol:
     
  12. bwolfie

    bwolfie VIP MEMBER

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    The tank does not need to be, but the metal bits inside it could use it.
     
  13. BPHORSEGUY

    BPHORSEGUY

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    I just plan on leaving some fuel in mine, but it will be non-ethanol fuel ! Excellent point about the metal "bits".
     
  14. GoingCommando

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    I live in Oregon and it's been cold and rainy, but I wait anxiously for any day (like today) where the rain clears and I get out for a few hours. During the winter I get out about once every two weeks. My garage stays warm as the furnace is in there and the ducts leak enough to keep the garage as warm as the rest of my house (I know, I should fix that). Anyway, it was a great day out on the Norton today after a couple weeks of nastier weather.
     

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