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When i had my 400ex I would always turn the gas off and run the bike dry before I let it sit for any period of time. With the 700xx being fuel injected is this something that is not necessary (or maybe even harmful) when letting the bike sit? Or is this still good practice?
 

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Surely the old practice of running the carb dry was to make sure you would not come back to it later and find the contents of the tank all over the floor due to dodgy needle valves and sticky floats.
Since this does not happen nowadays why bother? What a waste of fuel too.
I had a honda cbr600 that sat for over 3 years.. New battery, oil change but same fuel and it started and ran fine, and thats with 4 carbs!
 

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I found that if you ran it dry you never had to worry about the carb gumming up. Mine typically does not get much use during the winter months and I store it in my heated basement during that time.
 

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I usually don't run mine during the winter months either but I had a fuel stabilizer in the tank that's recommended from & bought at a Honda dealer. It's made by Honda also, so you know it's compatible.
 

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Joe honda #1,
I agree completely. I always use a fuel stabilizer even during the summer. The gasoline is so crappy now that the alcohol content could and would screw up the fuel injector system. I measure out one ounce per 2 1/2 gallons of gasoline as per the STA-BIL recommendations and mix it good. This has worked for me for years. If the Honda stabilizer was better I would use it. There’s no doubt that it is a fine product.
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All,
When i had my 400ex I would always turn the gas off and run the bike dry before I let it sit for any period of time. With the 700xx being fuel injected is this something that is not necessary (or maybe even harmful) when letting the bike sit? Or is this still good practice?
Do you have any idea on how long it would take this bike to run dry? At idle speed I would venture to guess at least 25mins. That being said, I don't think you need to do that. Just use sta-bil as directed and then turn fuel to off position, and attach battery tender.
 

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Im sure it would run dry in less than a minute, thats all it took on my old 400 when i turned the gas off. But it sounds like it is not necessary so i should be good.
 

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Do you have any idea on how long it would take this bike to run dry? At idle speed I would venture to guess at least 25mins.
25 minutes sounds about right. I went riding once and forgot to turn the fuel on. Even after letting my 700XX warm up for a good 5 minutes, I bet I rode a good 8 miles or so before it stalled on me due to lack of fuel. That fuel pump holds alot of fuel!

I never run mine dry, but I will mix in some sta-bil when at my last ride if I know it will sit for awhile. Just remember not to just throw it in at the last minute, it will take a bit of running to get it through the fuel pump.

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25 minutes sounds about right. I went riding once and forgot to turn the fuel on. Even after letting my 700XX warm up for a good 5 minutes, I bet I rode a good 8 miles or so before it stalled on me due to lack of fuel. That fuel pump holds alot of fuel!

I never run mine dry, but I will mix in some sta-bil when at my last ride if I know it will sit for awhile. Just remember not to just throw it in at the last minute, it will take a bit of running to get it through the fuel pump.

Doug

Ahhhh. fuel pump. That makes sense.
 

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I would think that one would NOT want to run the fuel pump dry.
 

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Im sure it would run dry in less than a minute, thats all it took on my old 400 when i turned the gas off. But it sounds like it is not necessary so i should be good.
It took me about 30-40 minutes to run dry at speed when I forgot to turn my gas on a few weeks ago. I unloaded and jumped on and went off on my first ride of the day without turning the fuel to "on". It went dry while I was going up a hill in 3rd. Not the best place to run dry. In California, I usually don't store my quad for long as we can ride most times of the year.

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