Saturday, February 1, 2014

SV650 in the House

SV650 in the House

I’ve been dreaming of bringing my SV650 in the house during the winter for the last several years. Each time I have to go into the unheated garage to work on the SV it pops into my head on how much more comfortable I would be in the house without my fingers freezing holding onto cold metal. I’ve had room to bring it in, but I was concerned my cat would get into something she shouldn’t and get sick. Sadly, my cat died last week.

As you can see, the SV is now in the dining room. I think it looks great. Now, I can admire it while I eat at the dining table. Awesome.

I used some heavy duty rubber rugs to protect the wood floor from the stands and any small chemical drips. Getting the bike into the house was easier than I thought it would be. I used a small metal ramp to get the motorcycle up the six inch step into the house. Two big pushes later, it was done.

SV650 Maintenance Items

I’m going to let it warm up for a day. I started bringing in my tools and some of the things I need to replace as well. The maintenance list is getting quite long! (oil, spark plugs, brake fluid, brake disc, rotor, chain, sprockets, tire, battery, rack, and levers).

I hope I can get it fixed up in the next week or two, so I can bring the WR250R in and start working on it too. Maybe 2014 will be the year I finally finish the heated grip install on the WR. I’ve had them now for two years. It’s getting embarrassing. Maybe I didn’t need them after all.

How is your winter motorcycle maintenance going?

17 comments:

  1. Nice floor in your shop! All I'll say is that you are blessed with a loving and patient spouse…

    And sorry to hear about your cat...

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    1. yes, nice floor with good light and warm!

      thanks. i had the cat for 14 years.

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  2. In a word, badly. Brakes on the DL650 were binding by early January and will need new seals on one calliper at least. I thought I could switch to our YBR125 but now that's playing up in the wet. One thing's for sure, I'm not going to be allowed to bring my bike into the house. Very jealous.

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    1. lol. I'm not doing that great either. The bike has been there for more than a week now, and I am doing it drooling on it. maybe this will be the week I actually get some work done ;)

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  3. Does the URAL get a turn too? ;)

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    1. no way to get the ural in the house. it's also covered in junk... so probably not.

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  4. That is awesome!!! Years ago I stored my Magna V45 in the kitchen one winter and have threatened to put a french door in the outside wall of the spare room so I could park a bike or three in there.
    Be careful of the rubber backing on those mats staining the floor. Find some carpet remnants to put face down, then you can slide the bike around as you wish.

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    1. i wanted french doors on the north side. it would have made getting the bike in much easier if it wasn't for the four foot snow drifts... thanks for the tip about the floor. I will have to keep an eye on it.

      PS: totally put a bike int he spare room :)

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  5. Pretty cool that your brought your bike inside. Sad that you are able to do it because your cat died.

    It is nice to have a bike in the house out of the cold. We've been known to bring bikes in the living room just for photo tag. Of course then we had to allow our friend Rick to bring his concourse in the house to get the tag.

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    1. bikes in the living room for photo tag? awesome.

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  6. I do not think you should eat your dining table.

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  7. Chris:

    it is physically challenging to bring my bike inside, not even downstairs due to the sharp bend on the steps. I would need a hoist and french doors. You are lucky to have a warm place to work on your bike

    sorry about your cat too

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. thanks bob. yes, nice to finally have a nice warm place to work on the bike... now to get on with the work part. lol.

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  8. There's just no way I could bring my bike into the house, tile floors would probably crack with the weight even if I managed to get it through the doors.
    Besides, don't think my wife would like the idea

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    1. you could get it through the doors. give is a whirl and send some pics ;)

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