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Putting away for winter

Quick question to you all about what you do when putting your bike away for the winter.
I heard it's best to pull the clutch lever in? Is that right?
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Quick question to you all about what you do when putting your bike away for the winter.
I heard it's best to pull the clutch lever in? Is that right?
I guess this would be possible if you had a clutch that used a cable.

Since the FJR's clutch is hydraulically operated, my guess is that by spring it would "bleed down" and the plates would be touching each other anyway. {which is what you were trying to avoid in the first place, I presume}.

Another thing you might want to consider, whether you have a cable-actuated clutch or a hydraulically-actuated clutch, do you really want to keep your clutch springs "more compressed" for months at a time?
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In over 50 years of riding, that is something I have never worried about.

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In over 50 years of riding, that is something I have never worried about.
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fresh oil
seafoam into the gas tank
attach battery tender
put the cover on
wait for Spring
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I've never once heard about pulling in the clutch over the winter...can't imagine what benefit that would have.

My routine:

1). Change the oil and filter so sits for months with clean fluids.

2). Detail clean the bike.

3). Over-inflate tires by two or three pounds...if on a cold concrete garage floor, put tires on a carpet sample to avoid possible moisture and air bleed.

4). Stabil in a gas tank full with ethanol-free gas (if possible in your area). Make sure to run for 15 or 20 minutes to thoroughly run the treated gas through the bike.

5). Hook up to a battery tender.

6). Drape with breathable cover (a bedsheet works well).
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Me personally would not touch the clutch... why would I want to keep the spring compressed all winter and risk some loss of spring power... I don't know what else one would accomplish, doesn't make sense.... do what JunkJacket and RC65 say. Done.
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As a side note, Last winter I restored my '84 Kawi GPz750 Turbo after it sat in the corner of the basement for 15 years with the clutch engaged. Cable type, not hydraulic, The clutch worked just fine, still does.

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Many thanks for all your help its much appreciated. Cheers
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Something like this

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