As the weather gets cooler, taking the motorcycle out for a spin starts to get less and less comfortable. Come late October and early November, it may be unbearable. Although riding season may be over for now, if your motorcycle is winterized and stored correctly during the off-season, it will be there for you come spring. Are you interested in learning more about how to winterize a motorcycle? Read below!
6 Tips for Storing a Motorcycle for the Off-Season
- Empty out the gas tank- Storing your motorcycle untreated with a full tank of gas will gum up the inside of your motorcycle. To prevent this from happening, before you store your motorcycle, make sure there is not has leftover inside of the tank. The best way to do this is to either siphon out the gas or take your bike on one last joy ride before the end of riding season.
- Change the oil- It is not good for your bike to have old oil sitting inside of it all winter long. And let’s face it, next spring once the weather warms up, the last thing you’re going to want to do is change your motorcycle oil. Instead, change your oil before putting it away for storage.
- Attach the battery to a trickle charger- If the battery isn’t removed from the motorcycle before storage, it will be dead by the time spring comes around. To prevent this from happening, remove the battery from the motorcycle and attach it to a trickle charger. A trickle charger will slowly recharge the battery and prevent it from dying.
- Wash the motorcycle- During riding season, your motorcycle is exposed to moisture, mud and dirt. If the bike isn’t cleaned before storage, it can lead to corrosion forming. Wash the motorcycle with a motorcycle cleaner and allow it to dry. A corrosion inhibitor can be used on any metal, plastic or rubber surfaces to prevent oxidation and corrosion.
- Elevate the bike- Over the long winter, flat spots can form on the motorcycle tires from the weight of the bike pressing on one specific spot on the tires. To prevent this from happening, either move the motorcycle weekly or use a motorcycle stand.
- Cover the motorcycle during storage- Prevent dust from settling on your motorcycle by keeping it covered while in storage. When purchasing a motorcycle over, choose one that will not trap moisture inside.
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When choosing a location to store your motorcycle, pick one that indoors and free from any major fluctuations in temperature. While storing your motorcycle in the garage is better than storing it outdoors, this area is still prone to fluctuations in temperature. Instead, consider storing your motorcycle in a climate controlled storage unit.
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