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    Hi all.

    The Monster is rebuilt (I will update the thread) and I want to pre for long LONG term storage. I wonít be riding again.

    The bike is nuts and bolts new including new fluids, being stored in a heated and climate controlled (humidity at 50%) space.

    Other than drain fuel and disconnect battery, remove brake fluid etc anything else I should do? Itís on stands, tyres off the floor.

    Ta.

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    Why do you need to remove the brake fluid, so long as everything is sealed it will be alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerpuk View Post
    Hi all.

    The Monster is rebuilt (I will update the thread) and I want to pre for long LONG term storage. I wonít be riding again.
    Really looking forward to seeing the finished article - especially what paint scheme you went for.

    As for storage, it seems like you've got it pretty well covered. Is it stored in a garage or shed? If so, you might want to block up the air filter to prevent mice choosing it as a cosy winter home.

    I'd say consider rotating the wheels occasionally to prevent the pads sticking to the discs but your controlled humidity means that's probably not necessary (especially if you've drained the hydraulics too).

    Again, probably not necessary with controlled humidity, but turning the bike over with plugs out and a splash of oil down the cylinders will protect against corrosion.

    The only other thing, being a Ducati, occasionally turn the motor over using the back wheel with the plugs out to prevent the cam belts 'setting' around the pullies.

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    How come you wont be riding again, if you don't mind me asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidat19 View Post
    How come you wont be riding again, if you don't mind me asking?
    And what's the point of keeping the bike if that's the case?

    'S not exactly the prettiest bike in the world (IMO) so it's not like keeping a work of art. But if that's the way you see it, what about sticking it in a glass case?

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    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I remember him saying he wanted to make the 696 a minter for his son to ride... who can't be more than a couple of years old right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I remember him saying he wanted to make the 696 a minter for his son to ride... who can't be more than a couple of years old right now.
    Which is a lovely idea
    , but perhaps misguided. How would you feel if your dad had kept a mint Allegro for you to drive, or an Arial Leader to ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    How would you feel if your dad had kept a mint Allegro for you to drive, or an Arial Leader to ride?
    Whew, it could have been an FSO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    Which is a lovely idea
    , but perhaps misguided. How would you feel if your dad had kept a mint Allegro for you to drive, or an Arial Leader to ride?
    Mine could have given me his Arial Arrow. But it was several inches shorter than standard due to a head on with a Minor (Morris rather than an adolescent with a motorcycle resistant face)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    Whew, it could have been an FSO
    Mine would have been a Singer Vogue, my dad was still driving the bloody thing in the early 80s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerpuk View Post
    .I wonít be riding again.
    anything else I should do?
    Have you considered selling it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    Which is a lovely idea
    , but perhaps misguided.
    You may find he doesn't want bikes, or that petrol engine bikes are taxed to the point of silliness by then. Also, how would you feel if he mistreated it, dropped it, crashed it, etc.?

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    How very TRC



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    Quote Originally Posted by slowsider View Post
    How very TRC


    Yeah, to be fair when I read it back my reply does read a bit like that. Wasn't meant in that way, but it's easy to lose some of the meaning when just relying on text rather than tone, body language etc.

    The question about the glass case is valid though - you'd be able to control the atmosphere.

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    Might sound a little silly, but if you have brake pads in give the wheels a little spin every now and then to stop them leaving a mark on the discs.

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