Frequent, thorough cleaning of your machine will not only enhance its appearance but will also improve its general performance and extend the useful life of many components. Follow these comprehensive steps:
- Block off the end of the exhaust pipe to prevent water entry.
- Make sure the spark plug and all filler caps are properly installed.
- If the engine case is excessively greasy, apply degreaser with a paint brush. Do not apply degreaser to the wheel axles.
- Rinse the dirt and degreaser off with a garden hose. Only use enough pressure to do the job. Excessive water pressure may cause water seepage and deterioration of wheel bearings, brakes, transmission seals and electrical devices.*
- Once the majority of the dirt has been hosed off, wash all surfaces with warm water and mild, detergent-type soap. An old toothbrush or bottlebrush is handy for hard-to-reach places.
- Rinse the machine off immediately with clean water and dry all surfaces with a chamois, clean towel or soft absorbent cloth.
- Clean the seat with vinyl upholstery cleaner to keep the cover pliable and glossy.
- Automotive type wax may be applied to all painted and chrome plated surfaces. Avoid combination cleaner-waxes. Many contain abrasives, which may mar the paint or protective finish. When finished, start the engine and let it idle for several minutes.
WARNING! Potential Hazard: Washing may wet your brakes. Wet brakes may have reduced stopping ability, increasing the chance of an accident.
How to Avoid the Hazard: Test the brakes after washing. Apply the brakes several times at slow speeds to let friction dry out the linings.
Long term storage (90 days or more) of your machine will require some preventative procedures to guard against deterioration.
After thoroughly cleaning the machine:
- Fill the fuel tank with fresh fuel and add the specified amount of Yamaha Fuel Stabiliser and conditioner or an equivalent product. Specified amount: 7.5 cc of stabiliser to each litre of fuel.
- Remove the spark plug, pour about one tablespoon of SAE 10W30 or 20W40 motor oil into the spark plug hole and reinstall the spark plug. Ground the spark plug wire and turn the engine over several times to coat the cylinder with oil.
- Lubricate all control cables.
- Block up the frame to raise all wheels off the ground.
- Tie a plastic bag over the exhaust pipe outlet to prevent moisture from entering.
- If storing in a humid or salt-air atmosphere, coat all exposed metal surfaces with a light film of oil. Do not apply oil to any rubber parts or the seat cover.
- Remove the battery and charge it. Store it in a dry place and recharge it once a month. Do not store the battery in an excessively warm or cold place (less than 0 degrees C or more than 30 degrees.