Long Term Storage Tip: Fuel Injection System

For those of us that have to put our bikes away for a long winter (or even longer as is the case for me), it’s good to make sure you’ve fully prepared your bike for the extended period of inactivity. We’ve already written some posts on the subject which can be found on the maintenance section of our website, here.

I found out another new trick for my new bike since the Dyna Wide Glide is fuel injected as opposed to my old ’06 Sportster which was¬†carbureted. The idea of this is that you want to get that little bit of fuel out of the system since it’s not good to have it just sit there. So the first step is to locate the fuse box on your bike. On the ’05 Dyna Wide Glide, you can find this on the left side. I used a hex key to get the box off and then on the inside of the cover you should be able to find a map of the fuses (telling you which controls which bike part). Use this to locate the fuse for the fuel injection system. This will effectively turn off the system so it will no longer pump out fuel. On my Dyna, the fuse was the second on the far left (make sure you check this with the fuse map though). Once the fuse is out, go ahead and turn on the bike. You’ll know if you took out the right fuse if you don’t hear that familiar buzzing/humming sound that you usually hear when you turn on the power, because that’s the your bike pumping fuel to get the bike started.

So if you hear that sound, go back and make sure you’ve got the right fuse. Once you don’t hear it anymore, you can start the engine. It should start up and run for a few seconds before cutting out. It’s cutting out because there’s no more power to send fuel to the engine and you’ve drained what’s left in the pipe. Start it up one more time just to be sure, and this time it should cut out almost immediately.

And there you go! Now you can put the fuse back in and the cover back on. One more good tip for storage is to get the tires off the ground if at all possible to help preserve them better. And make sure to check out our website for other tips including tips for fuel additive, chains, and oil.

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