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What's the best way to care for the carbs while they are on the bike during operational months? How about while the bike is being stored, say, during the winter, etc?
 

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A bit of seafoam is a good idea. For the winter there are lots of little camps.



Some say just fill with gas.

Fill with gas with stabil in it.

Turn the petcock to off and run the bike till it dies. Carbs should be dry then.

Extreme cases would be to just remove from the bike. Some people do this along with the gas tank and side panels.
 

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What's the best way to care for the carbs while they are on the bike during operational months? How about while the bike is being stored, say, during the winter, etc?
Most carbs have a drain screw on the bottom of the bowls. With a vacuum petcock you may need to apply vacuum to fill the bowls again.
 

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During operational months do as we (most/many) do... use an inline fuel filter (I change em yearly), drain the float bowls occasionally to check for water/debris. use (your choice of Seafoam/Stabile/Startron, etc. (many others) to keep the bad ethanol "gas" at bay, ; I also follow Randaaks rec of Marvel Mystery Oil to protect the fuel tank and lube the carbs in-situ.

I can't think of any others, but they all seem to revolve around moisture, debris, or fuel contamination. Makes me yearn for the days of 100% gas...

The good news,== once you start with good clean carbs, this regime (for me) has worked well.
 

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I use seefoam during operation months, then during the off season, I drain the tank and refill with a full bottle of seafoam, run the engine for about 15 minutes to make sure the seafoam gas makes it into the carbs, then turn off the bike. I did this for a 2 year storage.. all I had to do was charge the battery and start the bike. run it out of fuel, and add a new tank of fuel with the recommended dose of seafoam.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I'll look into Seafoam, it's new to me. I've been out of the cycle loop for awhile, it's fun to be back. Also, I was a bit surprised to see some comments in other threads regarding ethenol gas. Never gave it much thought. Seems to me that there is a station nearby that sells non E.
 

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When I go to ride I add a little marvel mystery oil in the mix each time I put in fuel.

Two gallons, two cap fulls. What I have done with other bikes I owned. Just My thoughts.

Stable, seaform or such for storage.

But I am in Florida and ride all year.
 
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