Proper storage is important for the trouble-free operation of your motorcycle. See your Owner's Manual for storage recommendations or see a Buell dealer. Improper storage procedures can lead to equipment damage. (00128a)
If the motorcycle will not be operated for several months, such as during the winter season, follow the procedure below. Proper storage preparation will protect parts against corrosion, preserve the battery and to prevent the build-up of gum and varnish in the fuel system. Improper storage may adversely effect the warranty. See Warranties and Responsibilities → Warranty and Service Information: Buell Models for more information.
List everything you do and fasten it to a handlebar. When you take the motorcycle out of storage, this list will be your reference/checklist to get your motorcycle in operating condition.
Do not store motorcycle with gasoline in tank within the home or garage where open flames, pilot lights, sparks or electric motors are present. Gasoline is extremely flammable and highly explosive, which could result in death or serious injury. (00003a)
Placing Motorcycle In Storage
If motorcycle is to be covered, use a material such as light canvas that will breathe. Plastic materials that do not breathe promote the formation of condensation which can damage the finish of the motorcycle. (00247a)
  1. Warm motorcycle to operating temperature. Change oil and turn engine over to circulate the new oil.
  2. Fill fuel tank and add a gasoline stabilizer. Use one of the commercially available gasoline stabilizers and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Run engine until gasoline stabilizer has had a chance to reach fuel injectors.
  4. Check rear drive belt wear.
  5. Check tire inflation. Adjust to proper inflation pressure.
  6. Wash and polish molded-in-color, painted and chrome surfaces.
  7. See Maintenance and Lubrication → Battery: General for proper battery care. Remove battery from the motorcycle and charge. Store the battery above freezing temperatures and trickle charge once a month.
Removal From Storage
Explosive hydrogen gas, which escapes during charging, could cause death or serious injury. Charge battery in a well-ventilated area. Keep open flames, electrical sparks and smoking materials away from battery at all times. KEEP BATTERIES AWAY FROM CHILDREN. (00065a)
The clutch failing to disengage can cause loss of control, which could result in death or serious injury. Prior to starting after extended periods of storage, place transmission in gear and push vehicle back and forth several times to assure proper clutch disengagement. (00075a)
1. Install charged battery if removed.
2. Remove and inspect the spark plugs. See service manual.
3. Clean the air cleaner filter element.
4. Start the engine and run until it reaches normal operating temperature. Turn engine and ignition/headlamp key switch off.
5. Check oil tank level. Check transmission lubricant level.
6. Check controls to be sure they are operating properly. Operate the front and rear brakes, throttle control, clutch lever and gear shift lever.
7. Check steering for smoothness by turning the handlebars through the full operating range.
Be sure tires are properly inflated, balanced and have adequate tread. Inspect your tires regularly and see a Buell dealer for replacements. Riding with excessively worn, unbalanced or under-inflated tires can adversely affect stability and handling, which could result in death or serious injury. (00114a)
8. Check for correct tire pressure. Incorrect tire pressure will result in poor riding characteristics and can effect handling and stability.
9. Check all electrical equipment, switches, headlamp, stop lamp, turn signals and horn for proper operation.
10. Check for any fuel, oil or brake fluid leaks.