Prep your bike for win­ter

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Crash bungs, or mush­rooms, are al­ways worth fit­ting. In the event of a spill, they sac­ri­fice them­selves in place of your fair­ings mean­ing a much less costly fix. Fit­ting them is sim­ple, but as you are re­mov­ing your bike’s en­gine bolts care needs to be taken. I’ve heard own­ers of cur­rent model R1s suf­fer­ing hor­ren­dous prob­lems when, af­ter re­mov­ing an en­gine bolt, one side of the en­gine drops a few mil­lime­tres in the frame mak­ing for an ex­ceed­ingly dif­fi­cult task rais­ing the en­gine up again. Own­ers fo­rums are packed with tales from DIY bung-in­stall­ers hav­ing to jack up sumps and sus­pend chas­sis from the garage roof in order to coax the en­gine back in place.

This shouldn’t re­ally hap­pen, but if you’re wor­ried, it never hurts to very lightly jack up your en­gine prior to re­mov­ing the bolts, us­ing a block of wood to pro­tect the sump. This should pre­vent any move­ment.

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