As winter rolls around, you may decide to put your scooter up for the winter. In order to insure that your bike runs properly come the warm days of spring, you should take the time now to perform a few basic maintenance tasks.
We suggest two major things to do before letting your scoot sit up over the winter.
1. Put a fuel stabilizer in your gas tank and run the engine for several minutes to insure the treated fuel reaches the carburetor. This will keep the fuel fresh. Stale fuel can cause gum, varnish, and rust deposits to build up in your engine. The results from this are starting problems, reduced performance and engine life. We recommend MOTOREX Brand from Switzerland fuel stabilizer. It works great and will keep your fuel fresh for 12 months or more.
2. Keep your battery fully charged. It will do absolutely no good to start your scooter for a few minutes every couple of weeks. Many owners mistakenly believe that doing so will keep their batteries charged. Most scooters consume nearly all the power they produce when running, this means very little goes back to the battery. It is highly recommended to connect your battery to a battery tender. Battery tenders are designed to remain connected over an extended period and to cycle on and off keeping the battery at its peak at all times. DO NOT use a standard automobile type charger on your scooter battery. Scooter batteries are light duty in nature and have very thin plates. The use of an automobile charger can melt these plates and quickly destroy the battery. Constantly monitors the battery without the damaging effects of trickle chargers (a trickle charger will eventually boil dry or overcharge a battery) Voltage output compensates for temperature changes, providing additional protection Initial charge brings battery to full charge at approximately 14.2V After full charge is reached, converts to float charger and monitors battery at 13.2V Although a constant charge is being applied to the battery, there is little or no current (approx. 10mA) Periodic maintenance is recommended, but Battery Tender can monitor a battery for years without the fear of boiling or destroying the battery 12V Battery Tender® Plus has new fused quick-disconnect rings with a weather cover Optional pouch for safe and easy storage or transportation Snap cords and extensions are available separately Earlier model Battery Tenders have a WHITE snap cord connector; later models have a BLACK snap cord connector. These snap cords are NOT interchangeable.
Fully automatic two-stage lead-acid battery charger Lightweight, compact size is ideal for those hard-to-reach spots Trickle charger ensures batteries are maintained after charging and always ready to go Ideal for all lead-acid, sealed maintenance-free and gel cell batteries On 12V models, after full 14.4VDC charge is reached, converts to float charger and monitors battery at 13.2V; when voltage drops below 12.6VDC, charger resumes charging back to 14.4VDC On 6V models, after full 7.2VDC-charge is reached, coverts to float charger and monitors battery at 6.6B; when voltage drops below 6.3VDC, charger resumes charging back to 7.2VDC Two-color LED indicator Spart-proof; reverse polarity protected 12' output cord and quick-connect harness Optional pouch for safe and easy storage or transportation