Join Date: 11-18-2006
Location: ontario, canada
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Re: 929 possible bad gaz?(video)
At -20 C there is no way that the bike is going to behave after running for only 30 seconds. But, if in fact it ran to the point of reaching 120-150 on the gauge I would point to the Seafoam. Although I haven't had any direct experience with Seafoam, I know that over doing it with the stabilizer is going to compromise engine performance. I'm in the small engine business and I've seen some crazy amounts of stabilizer added to fuel, and even though there was no damage or long term issues, the fuel had to go before those motors settled down.
In the cold climates of Canada, northern Europe, and the northern States, I have never been a fan of starting the engine every now and then. The problem is that the engine will never get up to proper operating temperature and therefore will not vaporize and expel moisture efficiently. In fact, going from hot to cold to hot etc.. only increases the chance of moisture buildup in the crankcase and exhaust systems. I used to store my 929 in an unheated garage, topped up the tank to absolute full ie. next to no air space, with Shell v-power ( no ethanol), a bit of stabilizer, then run her for a few minutes to circulate the fuel through the entire system. Then stuff the air box and exhaust pipe to keep out the critters ( don't forget about the stuffing come spring!). Remove the battery, cover her up and whisper..."sweet dreams". Works every time.