Well, it was time today to put the 2000 Ultra away for the winter. I pulled the battery, filled the gas tank and put some stabilizer in it. Is there anything else I should do to prepare it for hibernation? Thanks.
You have a AGM (absorbed glass mat) battery if it's the original one, no need to remove it from the bike. You can charge it right in the bike. The AGM battery has an electrolite paste imbedded in glass mats and does not need the same matainance as a liquid filled type. It does not need to be on a level surface. Batteries tend to last longer if kept in a cool place, the heat is what kills a battery. In the winter when everything freezes up there is a lot more resitance so it takes more cranking amps to turn over a motor, this can wear down a battery fast, not the cold temps. Only liquid filled batteries can freeze if left in the freezing cold temps for long.
Hell bundle up and ride her. I figure if the roads are dry I'm riding.
If your going to store it Than I would make sure to run it for a while to get that stabilizer thoughout the fuel system. Fog the cylinders, wash and wax, fresh oil, and keep the presure up in your tires.
Change all the fluids. I pull the seat and battery and wash 'em top to bottom, front to back, even under the fenders. Then a good coat of wax. Pretty much everything that WingRider said. We were lucky enough here in NE Ohio last year to be able to get 'em on the road at least once a month when the salt on the roads pretty much cleared up. Even then, after a winter ride I still wash 'em down again to make sure there's no salt dust left on 'em.