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Hey guys, since I got a new car last December, I haven't been riding my '08 RR regularly. Maybe once or twice a month I started her up, and let her get a little warm, then shut her down. Haven't done that since maybe June, disconnected battery that was that.

Yesterday I wired her back up and nothing on the cluster lit up, the battery was pretty much dead. Charged it back up then everything on the cluster seem to be working just fine and got her cranking but no ignition. The fuel pump seems to be working when putting the key in the on position, battery gets too weak after a good amount of cranks, probably because my HIDs are killing it.

I know I should have let it breathe a few times during that storage period, I figure I might need a new battery for sure. Is there anything else I should should do after that shelf period, to get her started up and to prevent any damage.
 

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If your gas is 12 (6?) months old, it's gone bad for sure. At a minimum, you'll need to drain it completely and refill with fresh gas. After sitting that long, your battery is also toast.

Next time put some Stabil in the tank and trickle charge the battery once a month. BTW, running the engine without actually taking the bike out for a ride and getting it up to temperature probably does more harm than good. All you're accomplishing is filling the crankcase with water vapor.
 

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Bad gas...

Replace the engine oil cause that has probably broken down as well, take the spark plugs out once you have the new oil in and let it turn over a few times so that it gets all through the engine without the stress cause by it running, then plugs in and fire her up...
 

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Also, make sure you check your tyres... pressure, damage caused by it sitting in one spot and dry rot...
 

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thanks for all the replies, gonna get to it tomorrow, and see how it turns out
Good luck, let us know how you go eh?
 

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yup, will do. Question, whats the easiest way to drain the gas.
First off, remove as much as possible by syphoning...

Get a container, remove the tank and slide it under, keep a few shop rags over the rest of the bike and undo the bajo bolt holding the fuel line.
 

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+1 on what checksix said. starting the bike once or twice a month without riding does more harm than good. doesnt give bike a chance to get rid of all the built up condensation and what not inside and doesn't let oil actually heat up and circulate properly. better off just taking battery and putting it on a trickle charger and leaving bike sit.
 
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