Winter Is Coming Part II: What Nobody Tells You About Storing Your Bike

Yamaha Robot Learns to Ride MotorcycleWe’ve already talked about some of the steps you can take to make sure your bike is ready to ride when spring comes, but there is so much more you can do for your baby during the winter months. Here are some more tips on keeping your motorcycle as fit as a fiddle during the winter months.

What Nobody Tells You About Storing Your Bike

Before you tuck your baby in for the winter, be sure to give it a good bath. Scrubbing and waxing your bike down will remove corrosive dirt and protect your bike from rust. You should also lube your chain, throttle, shifter, clutch, and kickstand to prevent moisture from accumulating in sensitive joints.

The next thing you want to do is take care of your bike’s fluids. Make sure clutch and brake fluid is either topped off or drained. Since these fluids can be hydroscopic—absorb water—it’s best to either make sure this fluid is fresh when you store the bike, or make sure you have plans to replace this fluid when winter is over.

You should also remember to tend to your battery while the bike isn’t running. Cold weather can kill a battery’s charge, so either hook it up to a battery tender or be sure to charge your battery at regular intervals during the winter months.

There are still even more tips on the way for your winter bike storage needs. Keep up with our blog, Twitter and Facebook to learn more about keeping your bike in the best and safest condition possible.

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