If you’re not riding this winter, it’s hard to see your motorcycle just sitting in the garage. If you think that starting it up periodically is a good idea, it’s not, and we have the reasons why.
It’s understandable to want to hear the engine and spend time with your motorcycle. But, did you know you’re doing more harm than good when you start your motorcycle without riding it throughout winter?
Reasons Why You Shouldn't Start Your Motorcycle in Winter
#1 It’s Not Fully Warmed UpStarting up your motorcycle in freezing temperatures is stressful on the starter due to the oil thickening and a cold battery delivering less power. Also, the lubrication system won’t work 100% until the motor is fully warmed up so starting your motorcycle for a few minutes will cause more harm than good.
#2 Condensation Builds UpIf you start your motorcycle and don’t let it warm up fully, the interior of your exhaust system will be covered in condensation. This increases the chances of rotting. Your cylinders can also get covered in condensation if you run your motor briefly.
#3 The Battery Doesn't Charge
Starting your motorcycle for a few minutes throughout winter will not actually keep your battery charged. In fact, you’d have to ride your motorcycle after a start for a motorcycle to charge its own battery.
#4 Fuel and Oil Are Wasted
Idling your motorcycle in the winter not only wastes fuel, but it also strips oil from critical components that help your engine run, including the cylinders and pistons.