Winter is the best time to prepare your bike for spring riding. Make sure you prepare your motorcycle for storage, as it could save you unpleasant surprises this spring.
There is no denying it is cold outside, which is probably impacting your riding, however, did you know that if you don’t prepare your bike for the winter it could lead to a dead battery or corrosion.
6 Tips For Preparing Your Bike for Winter Storage
#1 Fuel and Fluids
A full tank of gas will prevent condensation, so add the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer to your tank before storing it for winter. If your bike is carbureted, follow your owner’s manual to drain the carbs. If your bike is water-cooled, you will want to make sure that you have enough antifreeze in your coolant system.
#2 Oil and Lubricate
After you get home from your last ride, change your engine oil and oil filter while the oil is still warm. You will want to lubricate any moving parts to prevent rust from forming. Make sure to clean and dry your drive chain well before applying lubricant.
#3 Wash and Wax
Did you know that bug splatter and water spots can permanently corrode the paint on your bike? Use automotive soap to thoroughly clean the surface of your bike and then dry it completely. A coat of wax can be applied to protect against moisture and rust.
#4 Charge Your Battery
When batteries are left inactive they can self-discharge. You can use a battery tender to monitor the charge and keep it topped off without overcharging or removing it from the bike. You can also remove the battery from the bike for storage.
#5 Block and Cover
Make sure air intake and exhaust pipes are covered to keep critters out (make sure to remove the plugs before starting the engine!). Cover your bike with a quality cover to protect from debris and moisture.
#6 Elevate Tires
Keeping both tires off the ground relieves pressure from your suspension and tires. You might use the bike’s centre stand or a stand-alone product. If you are unable to do this, move the bike around every few weeks and put a piece of carpet or plywood under the tire to prevent the transfer of moisture from the concrete.