The Importance of Storing your Motorcycle
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For most people, a motorcycle is a secondary vehicle that they enjoy during the
summer months and for others it is a collector’s piece that they proudly display.
Either way, if you live in an area where the weather gets cold during the winter
months, then the odds are you will need to store your motorcycle.
The truth is that properly storing your motorcycle will add years onto its lifespan if
done correctly. Surprisingly, there are many bikers that fail to follow proper storage
procedure. This often leads to unnecessary wear that leads to repairs that could
have otherwise been avoided. Why cost yourself money when you don’t have to? All
you need to do is follow a few straightforward steps when the riding season has
come to an end.
How to Store your Motorcycle during the Winter
The following are some easy to follow tips for how to properly store your
motorcycle during the winter:
1. Wash your motorcycle before storing it: Give your bike a good wash before storing it.
This will get rid of any dirt that could become difficult to remove after it has been stored
for a number of months. Also consider waxing as well. This will make it much easier to
remove dust that has built up during storage.
2. Get a cover: Even if you plan on storing your motorcycle in a garage or covered area,
using a cover will provide additional protection and prevent dusk and dirt from building
up. Cotton covers are best because condensation cannot build up on them.
3. Change the oil: Change and circulate the new oil through your bike. You do not need to
change the oil filter before storing.
4. Fill up the tank: Fill your bike with gas before storing. Make sure that you add a fuel
stabilizer to avoid condensation getting into the tank.
5. Don’t forget about the chain: Make sure that you properly lubricate the chain. You
never want it to dry out while being stored.
6. Remove the battery: Remove the battery from your bike. It is best to charge the battery
about once every four weeks to keep it in good working order.
7. Get a stand for your bike: If possible get a stand for your bike so that the tires are not in
contact with the ground. This will reduce the wear on your tires.
8. Run the bike periodically if possible: If you have the time, run your bike about once per
month. This will prevent it from seizing up and will reduce any issues with starting it in
Just like with any other type of vehicle, proper maintenance and care is the key to
getting the most out of your motorcycle. If you take the time to care for it properly
not only during the summer months when it is running, but also during the winter
when it is being stored, you will have fewer issues and will spend less on repair
costs throughout the lifetime of your motorcycle.