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I am putting my 1700 vulcan nomad up for the winter in a unheated garage, i ride it when i can all year so i leave the battery in and do use a gasoline additive over the cold months, is it better to start and run it a couple times a week for about 15-20 minutes or not run it at all and use a battery tender. i have been told differently by several kawasaki mechanics it is not to be done because it is not actually moving the parts and others say that is fine.

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I live in Minnesota . I vote for fuel stabilizer and charging the battery overnight once a month. In cold weather batteries hibernate in the cold and do not need constant tending (unless your vehicle has live electronics when it is turned off like a clock, or radio with memory,etc.) If you start and run your bike you will collect moisture in your exhaust(rust), on cool down you collect moisture all over your motor, waste fuel, run a high risk of fowling plugs, put extra wear and tear on your starter, and run down your battery starting your cycle in unfavorable conditions. Definitely: Stabil and charge once a month.

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