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      Maintanance and advice from users after keeping the bike in idle for long

      Hi all,

      I am having a enfield (350CC-1995). Due to my work pattern, I have to stay away from my place for months after months (sometime it last upto 6 months) and during this period no one is there to take care of my bike and ride the bike. So my major concern is how much will be the performance of the vehicle will be affected due to keeping it in idle for such a long period. Also what all precautonary measures I need to take and do to keep the vehicle in good condition. Although post my return I always take it for servicing.

      Kindly give proper suggestions as this vehicle means something more to me and I love it more than anything.

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      Performance will not be affected as long as you are doing service before running the bike again.

      As for storage:

      Disconnect the battery from the bike.
      Put the bike on a box with both tyres not touching ground.
      Remove battery from the bike
      Fill the fuel tank to the brim so that tank wont rust.
      Drain the carb off petrol and fuel tap to off.
      Remove spark plug and pour in a little engine oil, kick the engine over.
      Grease screws and bolts and chain.
      Use sprays like WD40 to further prevent corrosion in hard to reach areas
      Wax and polish the bike before storing away.
      Finally keep the tires inflated to specs.

      And welcome to the forum.

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      Hi,

      I have got some more points on the same from some other place. Please go through it.

      Few things that you can do in this situation:

      - Disconnect battery wire and apply petroleum gelly or grease at each end of the batter connecting wires.

      - Keep it covered with a good parachute material motorcycle cover to prevent it from dust

      - apply coconut oil on nickel and nuts ... this prevents rusting.

      - ask someone at your home or friends to start the bullet once for 30 minutes in a week or so (this is really hard, but if this can be achievable.. then nothing better than this)

      Other that this, a long idle period will not affect the engine. The only problem happens in such situation is corrosion, rust, dirt and battery dying easily.

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