Winter is fast approaching, which means you might not be willing to take your motorcycle out for a spin for the next several months. Not only is the cold hitting your body as you ride, but it can also be dangerous with the slippery roads during the winter months.
That’s why it’s better to winterize your motorcycle and safely store it away until the weather warms up in the spring. But how do you go about doing that? What steps should you take?
See below for a guide on how to winterize a motorcycle and make sure it’s protected from the outdoors until winter is over.
1. Consider Your Storage Options
This is the biggest struggle for many motorcycle riders that are looking to winterize their motorcycle. While they might want to store it away, they don’t have any place to do so.
Even if you have a garage, it might not be large enough to fit both your car and your motorcycle safely inside. What are you left to do?
First, you can check around with your friends and family members to see if they have any extra space to store it this winter. That way, you know where your bike is until you need it again in the spring.
You can also consider placing it in a self-storage center for the winter, just make sure the storage unit is climate controlled (preferably). Depending on both the size of your bike and the unit, it should fit perfectly inside.
Fortunately, motorcycles aren’t very high maintenance. Once you winterize them and store them in a climate-controlled space, you don’t have to touch them again until the weather warms back up.
2. Clean the Surface
Ideally, you won’t be pulling the motorcycle back up until there is consistently warm(er) weather for you to ride in. Depending on where you live, that could be many months from now.
Before you do that, you want to make sure that the surface is rid of any foreign substances that could harm the paint on your bike. Leaving things like mud spots on the finish can eat away at the surface during the winter.
Take the time to wash your motorcycle, let it dry all the way, then apply a nice coat of wax in order to protect it from the harsh months ahead. Without wax, your bike’s coating will have virtually no protection from rust build-up while it stands stagnant.
Many experts recommend that you also purchase WD-40 and spray it on all of the metal aspects of the bike. Otherwise, you might uncover the bike in the spring to find corrosion has been eating away at it the last several months.
3. Block All Openings
Believe it or not, one of the biggest threats to your motorcycle’s well-being through the winter? the common house mice. They flock to any warmth they can find, happily slipping into any small hole or sliver that’s available, even the ones on your bike.
Them making your bike their winter residency isn’t the worst part. They’ll also eat away at essential pieces to your bike, such as its wiring, plastic coverings, leather cushioning, and so on.
The only way you can 100-percent guarantee they won’t be an issue is to plug up the openings they may find. Start by putting a plug, or some sort of blockage in your exhaust pipes. Just don’t forget to take them out before starting the bike in the spring.
You’ll also want to invest in a cover that you can throw over the bike and tighten at the bottoms, regardless of where you’re storing it.
4. Freshen Your Oil
Many riders experience the horror of uncovering their bike in the spring, going to start it up to take it on a ride, then realizing that the bike won’t start up properly. More often than not, this is due to the oil that’s been sitting stagnant in it.
Before you store your motorcycle, you want to change both your oil and your filter. New oil should sit stagnant inside the bike rather than oil that’s been used and churned through.
Consider purchasing a specialized winter weight oil such as 5W30. This is intended to protect the inside of your engine from excess moisture throughout the brutally-cold winter temperatures.
While you’re at the store, you might also consider buying a leather protectant to place on your seat.
5. Prioritize Your Tires
The part of your motorcycle that’s prone to the most damage during the winter is your tires. Without being propped up, these babies will be in contact with the cold ground until you bust it out in the spring.
You have two options to protect them during the winter. Either purchase some motorcycle stands to prop the wheels up on or buy a few pieces of carpet to place under each tire.
If you simply leave the tires stagnant on the ground for the entirety of the winter, they could suffer from flat spots. This will cause you to replace your tires in the spring, a cost you’re probably hoping not to make for a while.
How to Winterize a Motorcycle: Take the Proper Precautions
While this guide on how to winterize a motorcycle might seem a bit thorough, it’s essential to take all these steps before you store it away for the winter.
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