Well, it’s just about that time of year again. The weather is turning chilly, and for those of us who don’t have an innate resistance to cold, it’s time to hang up our leathers for the season. This also means it’s time to put our motorcycles away until riding weather becomes more pleasant sometime in March. But how will you be storing your motorcycle over the winter? Here are some tips and tricks that riders both new and old may find handy when it comes time to start riding again in the spring.
Tips to Prepare Your Motorcycle for Winter Storage
- Location– Finding a good place to store your motorcycle during the offseason is essential. If you leave it outside, you risk the bike getting damaged by the elements, or worse yet, the bike being stolen. A bike sitting outside, in the same place, for months can be an invitation for thieves. Talk to a friend with a garage or storage shed, work out a deal, or go out and find a cheap storage facility. It can be the difference between you getting to ride your baby, or having to go bike shopping in the spring.
- Keep the Bad Things Out– Another problem with your bike sitting for months on end is that it can accumulate moisture on an in some of its parts. This can cause corrosion, and in some cases, stiction. To prevent this, wash your bike before storage, dry it off thoroughly, and wax it up. The wax will help keep the moisture out. You can also spray metal parts on your bike with lubricants like WD-40, which will also keep the moisture out. Also consider stuffing your exhaust pipe and air intake with a cloth, plastic bag, or special rubber plug. This will not only help keep moisture out of your engine, it’ll also keep bugs and rodents out as well.
- Tend to Maintenance– Having old and contaminated fluids in your bike during the winter can cause corrosion an all sorts of other problems. Experts recommend changing your oil, brake fluid and clutch fluid before storing for the winter. You should also top off your gas tank and add fuel stabilizer to prevent gunk on your engine internals (be sure to run the bike for a bit to cycle the treated fuel through the system). You can also go the route of draining your motorcycle of all its fluids before winter storage, but you will have to put new fluid in when you get ready to ride (don’t reuse oil or brake/clutch fluid). You should also lube any moving parts on your bike before storing it.
There are even more tips to preserve your precious ride when the winter season comes knocking. Check in with the motorcycling attorneys at Metier Law Firm to learn more about how to get your ride up and going when spring returns to our area.