For all of us who live in Canada, the Northern parts of the United States, and other colder country’s that have to sadly start thinking about getting ready to store your motorcycle for the winter, here is a guideline for you to use.
Always a good idea to have a box of Kleenex near by, it can be a tough separation for some!
Storage at home or at a storage building
If you are fortunate enough to have room in your garage that you can store your motorcycle over the winter months, good for you! If you have no space for your bike in your garage and need to outsource a spot, it doesn’t matter where your bike is stored, there are a few things you must do before you put your baby away for the season.
- Clean your motorcycle, make sure it is dry, this will prevent any rust happening.
- Make sure your tires are inflated to the manufacturers PSI
- Get a service, oil change and lube, before you put your motorcycle away for winter.
- Fill your gas tank up, add a fuel stabilizer after it is parked for the season.
- Lubricate your chains, cables etc as per manufactures recommendations.
- Change your air filter or wash it out if it is a reusable kind.
- Read your owners manual and follow the manufacturers recommendations for long term storage.
- Cover your exhaust opening with a sock or plastic bag to prevent small rodents from finding a permanent home.
- One of 2 options, remove your battery for the winter OR use a trickle charger
- Start your motorcycle once a month which will help prevent
- internal gaskets from drying and cracking
- keeps carburetor clean from small debris and insects.
- keeps the battery from becoming weak