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How long can it sit in the garage? I got an injury on my leg and I want it to heal 100% before I can start riding. So far it's been sitting for 6 days. All I did was turn the gas switch to 'OFF' and turn the engine switch to 'off' as well. What should I do in order for it not to get damaged? Should I fire it up every day for about 10 minutes and then turn it off?
 

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okay thats excellent news. Yeah I got it straight from the dealership. It's a 2010 model and I got it with 256 miles on October 17. It has about 1100 now.
 

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okay thats excellent news. Yeah I got it straight from the dealership. It's a 2010 model and I got it with 256 miles on October 17. It has about 1100 now.


You could drain the carb bowl. Either by the drain on the bottom or by starting it and letting it run until it dies (with the petcock still turned off)
 

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Lol I would do that but how am I supposed to get gas when my leg heals
It's my only transportation and I live 30 minutes away from the nearest gas station
 

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How do I go about draining the gas in the carbs?


you said the gas was already turned off. So you just start it and run it until it dies or there is a drain located on the carb bowl probably. As long as the gas is turned off either way will work.
 

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i would not drain the bowl if its only going to sit for 4 to 6 weeks. not to be disagreeable, but i've never had gas go bad that quickly. You could put some seafoam or stabil in the gas and run the bike for a few minutes to get the treated fuel through the carb, but if it was me i wouldn't do anything.
 

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Sounds good guys. I appreciate the advice. I'm just going to let it sit until my leg heals because that's what most people said.
 

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i would not drain the bowl if its only going to sit for 4 to 6 weeks. not to be disagreeable, but i've never had gas go bad that quickly. You could put some seafoam or stabil in the gas and run the bike for a few minutes to get the treated fuel through the carb, but if it was me i wouldn't do anything.


If it's real gas in there, two months is no problem.....for longer, put a little Stabil in there as above. I'd be more concerned about the battery, which should definitely have a trickle charger or be removed and charged once a month.



If it's Ethanol blend in there, have someone help you remove and dump the tank (into the lawn mower...
), drain the carb bowl with the little screw on the left side that has a tube going down to the bottom of the engine. This will be good for 6 months, especially in a garage kept above freezing.



Running it at idle for ANY amount of time during storage is actually worse than doing nothing!
If you can't ride it for 30 minutes don't start it at all.



Hope the healing goes quicker than that!
 

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I just got my 1978 Yamaha sr500 back from having body and paint work done - when we fired it up it had been sitting for 20 years. \Bikes can sit for an awfully long time and still fire up and run
 

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Um... I'm thinking this is a trick question but I'll bite! 300 years? OK just kidding
Hope you heal fast!



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