F650 Storage and Transport FAQ

Previously known as the Winterizing FAQ
compiled & edited by Kristian #562
by Charlie FO #814, Flash #412, Todd #389, David #476, James #523
Please read the Disclaimer before attempting any work in this FAQ.
Last Updated: 13 June 2007, by Winter #1935

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Storage of your F650

Items to Take care of

A cold place to store the bike is assumed:

Gasoline in Storage

Oil in Storage

Professional Storage Services

GS Storage


Starting After Storage

Short Term Storage

Bike Covers

Inherited an F650?

So you have inherited an F650, and it has been sitting in storage for a couple of years? You know nothing about the bike and have never done any maintenance or riding before? This sections provides advice on how to get your bike in running order. Note: Do not even think about starting your bike before going through these steps! Who knows what problems you will encounter!

Note sure which bike you have?
Here is a simple way to figure out which bike you have... Find the gas / fuel cap. If it is up the front / center of the bike - like most bikes, then you have a classic. If it is on the right hand side above the wheel you have an FI (Fuel Injected bike).
Step Reason FAQ Refs
1. Change the oil. Who knows when it was last changed, or what condition it
is in now. Because the bike is cold, you may have to wait a little
longer for the oil to drain.
Oil Change
GS Oil Change
2. Change the coolant. The qualities of coolant are lost over time, so you should
replace the coolant as well.
3. Check / Replace the battery. Batteries loose charge over time unless they have been on
a charger. If you have the OEM Battery, check the water levels in
each cell. Check the voltage of the battery - over 12.5V would be
good for starting the bike after a long break. If you need to replace
the battery, think about getting an AGM battery.
Battery FAQ
4. Replace the spark plug(s). Not something you need to do, but still a good idea. Spark Plug FAQ
5. Replace fuel filter, airfilter, oil filter. Not required, but still a good idea.
6. Replace the fuel. Fuel degrades over time. If the fuel has been in the bike
for a few years, then it is a really good idea to clean it. If you
have an FI model, you may want to chuck some injector cleaner in the
GS Fuel Tank FAQ
Classic Fuel Supply
7. Check / Clean the carbs. If you own a Classic, you will want to check and clean the
Carb Cleaning
Carb Misc FAQ
8. Check tire condition and pressure.
9. Check chain and sprockets.
10. Check front and rear brakes. Check the wear on the pads, and replace the brake fluid
11. Lube the cylinder. If you haven't tried starting it yet, I would suggest you
first pull the plugs and shoot some clean oil into the cylinders
and then with the plugs out but grounded spin the engine over.
This will lube the cyliners and allow oil pressure to build up
throughout the rest of your engine before the actual starting.
12. Start the bike! If you have a FI bike, do not forget to let the bike go
through its "bootup" procedure. When starting, it may crank several
times before the bike finally fires and starts up.
Hard Starting / Poor Running
GS Hard Starting / Poor Running
13. Check the Service Bulletins Have a look through the Service Bulletins and see if
anything is relevant to the bike. If it is, take it to your local
BMW dealer and get it all fixed.
Service Bulletins

Transport of your F650

For general hints and tips on transportation worldwide, check out Horizons Unlimited.





Wheel Chocks

Folding Ramps

Tie-Down Pointers


Chevy S10

Tailgate Extenders

U-Haul Trailers

Trucking Companies


And I thought Flash was going to say something like, "Are you nuckin futs?" ... gail #1782