Tips for Storing Your Motorcycle for Winter
Once your riding season is over, properly preparing your motorcycle for winter storage can be an important step in to help keep your bike in good riding condition come spring. Motorcycle enthusiast Bryan Glynn shares some simple tasks to do when storing your bike for the winter season.
Hey guys, Brian here from TwoWheelObsession and today I’ve got my top tips for how to winterize your motorcycle.
Washing your bike should always be the first step. It lets you know of any potential problems you may not have known about and sets the bike up for easy long-term storage.
Keep up with your maintenance schedule and change all your lubricants — especially your engine oil — before you put it away. This greatly helps reduce any moisture damage that might be caused by impurities in the oil over long-term storage. If your bike is carbureted, make sure you drain the carb floats of all fuel prior to storage.
No matter what kind of fuel delivery you have, make sure you use fuel stabilizer and fill the tank up as much as possible. Air in the tank is the number-one enemy for long-term storage.
Best practice for the battery is to remove it and put it on a tender in a heated environment for the duration of storage. If you can’t do that, disconnect the battery.
If parked in one place for too long, your tires run the risk of getting flat spots. If you can, raise the bike off the ground for the duration. If not, at least put the tires on carpet or cardboard rather than plain concrete.
Cover your intake and exhaust with either a rag or a plastic bag and a rubber band — anything to keep out bugs and critters from making a nest. Most importantly, do not start and run the bike over storage, especially for short durations. You want all of your prep to stay absolutely rock stable until the next time you’re ready to enjoy your bike.
Follow these tips and tricks and you are assured to have a pleasant experience when you finally pull your bike out of storage. The whole point of these is to save you money. There’s nothing more infuriating than getting close to getting your bike out of storage, pressing start and having some problem creep up, especially if it’s fuel or electrical related. Those are never cheap and those are two very common things, storage related, that can happen to you.
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