Winterizing your Spyder

Winterizing your Spyder

Tips for getting ready for the chilly season.

In many parts of the country, Fall represents a cooling off, a time when leaves fall, winter clothes appear, and worst of all, it’s too cold to ride your Spyder.  Whether this is by choice or caused by the weather, many Spyder riders put their precious Spyders to bed for the winter.  So what must you do to keep your Spyder safe for the winter, and more importantly ready for another season of fun come spring?

Your Spyder Life staff has searched the world for the best tips and tricks on this subject, some of which follow below:

Your Owner’s Manual recommends the following:

STORAGE AND PRESEASON PREPARATION

Storage

If the vehicle will not be ridden for at least four months, such as during the winter, proper storage is necessary to keep the vehicle in good condition.  BRP recommends you have your authorized Can-Am roadster dealer, repair shop, or person of your own choosing fully prepare your vehicle for storage.

Or, at your convenience, you can follow the basic procedures below.

To Prepare the Vehicle for Storage:

  1. Inspect vehicle and have your authorized Can-Am roadster dealer, repair shop, or person of you own choosing for maintenance, repair, or replacement if necessary.

Please refer to the US EPA EMISSION PERFORMANCE WARRANTY contained herein for information about warranty claims.

  1. Change the engine oil and filter.

Seek service from an authorized Can-Am roadster dealer, repair shop, or person of your own choosing for maintenance, repair, or replacement.

  1. Check engine coolant, brake fluid and clutch fluid levels.
  2. Fill the fuel tank, add fuel stabilizer and run the engine to prevent the tank from rusting and the fuel from deteriorating. Strictly follow instructions on fuel stabilizer container.
  3. Inflate all tires to their recommended pressure.
  4. Clean the vehicle.
  5. Lubricate all control cables, latches, key barrels, and pivoting points of all levers.
  6. Close and latch all storage compartments.
  7. Cover the vehicle with a permeable material (e.g., tarpaulin). Avoid using plastic or similar non-breathing, coated materials that restrict air flow and allow heat and moisture to accumulate.
  8. Store the vehicle in a dry area, away from sunlight, with a small amount of daily temperature variation.
  9. Slow charge the battery once a month at the recommended charging rate of 2 A. It is not necessary to remove the battery.

Preseason Preparation

After a storage period, vehicle must be prepared and inspected.

To Remove the Vehicle from Storage:

  1. Uncover and clean the vehicle.
  2. Charge the battery if needed.
  3. Perform a pre-ride inspection, then test-ride the vehicle at low speed.

Other resources:

Lamont Bryden from Lamonster Garage has this advice:

http://www.lamonstergarage.com/putting-your-spyder-to-bed-for-the-season/

There’s also a thread on the topic at Spyderlovers.com

http://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/showthread.php?7192-Winterizing-the-Spyder

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