Re: will rain hurt it?
Covering it is really good advise.
Nothing is sealed pretty well, particularly the electrical.
Rust is your enemy and every moving part is subject to it.
Find the origin of your gas leak.We can give you advice if you need it.
I keep mine in the house and it doesn't drip one single drop of gas, never has.
Keep it as nice as you can for as long as you can.
I work on a lot of bicycles and the ones that get left outside get ruined long before they should.