Motorcycle Winter Storage Tips
We’ve all heard the standard tips on winter motorcycle storage. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a newbie, everyone’s got their own methods and systems. By all means, do what works for you. But consider some of these tips when preparing your motorcycle for winter storage.
Clean it up
Road grit, grime and bugs will take a toll on surfaces for any length of time. After the final ride of the season, wash and detail your motorcycle thoroughly. The bike should be dried by hand and all metal parts, except the brakes, should be coated with an anti-corrosive product.
Don't put off that oil change. It’s much better to have fresh oil sitting in the lubrication system for several months than to have old, broken down oil in it. Also, you'll be glad you already changed the oil when riding season begins. Using a heavier, winter weight oil like 5W30 should help your motorcycle start up easier come spring as well.
Don’t drain your tank
Unless you’re storing your bike for years on end, a full tank and a quality fuel stabilizer is your best bet. An empty tank is vulnerable to corrosion and dried out seals, while a tank full of treated gas keeps everything fresh.
Don’t remove your battery
Obviously, if there isn’t a power source where you store your bike, then you’ll have to remove it and hook it up to a tender. However, if you can plug in a battery maintainer near the bike and your battery is healthy enough to take a charge, removal really isn’t necessary for short-term winter storage.
Pro tip: Use a float charger instead of a trickle charger for winter storage. A trickle charger is most effective when you are available to turn it off after the battery has charged. But for longer periods of storage, a float charger that automatically turns itself off and on is your best option.
Don’t overinflate your tires
If you want your tires to retain their proper shape, inflate them to the correct pressure before storage. Some riders have flat spot paranoia and intentionally over-inflate their tires while their motorcycle is being stored. Simply rotate each wheel once a month to prevent flat spots.
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