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A Plea for Winterizing

 
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johnk
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2012 Stella 4T

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:19 am    Post subject: A Plea for Winterizing Reply with quote

Dear Stella owners:

I just finished winterizing my Stella, and it felt good. More importantly, it occurred to me that we are lucky owners of some increasingly rare machines. A few weeks ago, I missed my chance to buy a second Stella by a hair's breadth. I'm still sad I didn't get it, and I've been daydreaming about filling up my garage with Stellas ever since. We want these to last us a while, whether we plan to run them into the ground or might eventually sell them. The "beat it up" attitude was awesome when Stellas were readily available, but we no longer have that luxury. As a potential buyer of a used Stella some time in the future, I want some nice ones to survive! So I strongly encourage you to take an hour to winterize your Stella to contribute to its longevity. Even if you live in a climate without snow or salt, now is likely a good time to put a little care into your scooter.

You probably already know how to winterize the fuel system and battery, so I won't dwell on it. Stabilize your gas and connect your battery to a float charger. Take a look (and take photos) around the scooter to check for leaks, loose bolts, and frayed cables.

My main invocation here is to winterize the body of the Stella. Again, I want to keep as many Stellas alive as possible, which requires keeping them clean and rust-free. Here's my approach.

Step 1: Gently brush off rocks, grass, dirt, leaves, and gunk. Get under the legshield, on the exhaust and centerstand, in the grooves of the footboard, and under the rear bumper.

Step 2: Wash the scooter. I like S100 Total Cycle Cleaner for this. Spray it all over the body, rinse it off, and towel dry. Get down there in the grooves of the footboard, as well as under it. Don't forget to cover the air intake before washing, or to uncover it after washing.

Step 3: Wax the scooter. I like S100 Carnauba Paste Wax for this. This is especially important for protecting the scooter from winter grime. Don't forget to wax the now-clean grooves of the footboard, where your grimy shoes hang out.

Step 4: Clean and condition the seat. I like Motul Perfect Seat Cleaner for this. Take a second to appreciate how good your Stella looks (and smells!).

Step 5: Rust-proof the bare metal on the scooter with WD-40. This includes the metal trim around the legshield, the centerstand mechanism (including the hinge and spring), the kick-start lever, and the rails in the footboard.

Step 6: Protect the rubber with silicone spray. This includes the lining on the cowls, the lining on the glovebox, and the rear bumper. Use caution if you choose to apply this to any of the grippy rubber (the brake pedal, the footboard grips, and the kick-start lever grip), because it will become slippery.

Step 7: Put a breathable cover over the scooter and plug the exhaust.

That's it. This approach to winterizing is compatible with continuing to ride your Stella regularly. If possible, go for a ride at least every few weeks over the winter. When you do brave a winter ride, don't forget to unplug your exhaust before starting the engine. (Try to make it fairly obvious if the exhaust is plugged.) If you pick up any grime from the road, a little more S100 cleaner will clean it off without removing your new coat of wax.

Thank you for your time.
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Point37
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Joined: 08 Mar 2018
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Location: MA
'13 Buddy 125 Seafoam

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

having a garage and winterizing for storage all i do is...add seafoam to the gas tank and fill the tank to the normal spot...pull the battery out and bring it inside and charge it from time to time...throw a bike cover over it...maybe spin the tires to a different spot to avoid flat spots but it's on a centerstand and parked on a thick rubber horse mat so it's not really necessary...and done...i used to plug the exhaust and put a string from the plug to the throttle grip as a reminder but having a garage i haven't needed to plug an exhaust since there is no way any critters can get in and drop acorns down my pipe or chew up my electrical anymore...once the salt hits the roads i typically just make sure the rain washes it away before i ride again

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Stanza
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Location: Chicago
Puch Maxi

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would also add, on the 4t stella, to plug the air box inlet hole with a sock or something. I'd recommend that for any winter storage vehicle, come to think of it. I bought a corvair a number of years back that had been sitting in a barn for a year under a tarp, and discovered that the airbox was full of corn and fluff. Heater and cabin blower box had been turned into a nest as well, but I didn't discover that till we turned the fans on. I will never forget that smell.
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Point37
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'13 Buddy 125 Seafoam

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stanza wrote:
I would also add, on the 4t stella, to plug the air box inlet hole with a sock or something. I'd recommend that for any winter storage vehicle, come to think of it. I bought a corvair a number of years back that had been sitting in a barn for a year under a tarp, and discovered that the airbox was full of corn and fluff. Heater and cabin blower box had been turned into a nest as well, but I didn't discover that till we turned the fans on. I will never forget that smell.


when i opened up my front cover on my buddy i found a bunch of acorns in there...from the previous owners storage situation...glad they didn't get into any of the electrical
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Wild_Goosechase
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say just ride it, long johns and double coat.
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