Tips on Storing your Motorcycle Properly for the Winter

Motorcycle Storage

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a location where the weather allows you to ride your Motorcycle 12 months out of the year, you probably put your bike up for a number of months until it’s time to ride again.

If you won’t be able ride your motorcycle for a while, don’t despair: this step-by-step will help you prep your bike for long term storage. Depending on how long you’ll be storing your Motorcycle you’ll want to make sure your bike emerges from deep storage as undamaged from rust, corrosion, and inactivity as possible.

If you’re storing your bike for more than six months, you might want to protect your piston and cylinder rings from potentially rusting. To do so, remove each spark plug and pour a tablespoon of fresh engine oil or spray fogging oil inside. Ground the ignition leads and turn the engine several times to spread the oil before replacing the spark plugs.

Spray some WD40 into the exhaust pipe(s) in order to keep water away; the “WD” stands for water displacement, and keeping moisture out will prevent rust. You can also keep water and critters out by stuffing intake and exhaust with crumpled plastic bags.

Things you will need for Motorcycle Storage:

  • Cleaning items, including water, soap and towels for the exterior, and chain de-grease, engine cleaner, and WD-40.
  • Fuel stabilizer, such as any manufacturer recommended brand or Sta-Bil.
  • If you’ll be changing your oil, the items listed in the oil change article.
  • A battery tender or trickle charger.
  • Wax for paint finishes.
  • A bike cover or breathable fabric sheet.
  • If your chain needs cleaning and/or lubrication, the items listed in the chain maintenance article.
  • If you’re willing to go the extra mile, so to speak, wood blocks or devices to lift the tires off the ground if your motorcycle isn’t equipped with a center stand.

This tutorial is broken down into parts; click on the Read More link to go through the entire step-by-step process.

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