Preparing your Motorcycle for Winter Storage

Preparing your Motorcycle for Winter Storage As the winter months slowly progress and the cooler weather approaches, most motorcycle riders are preparing their bikes for storage. However, this process involves more than just throwing a tarp over it and putting it in the garage. In order to properly prepare your motorcycle for winter, consider the following tips. Further, remember that your Connecticut Motorcycle Insurance may need to be adjusted for the off season.

Surface Prep- Although it may not be rewarding to wash a bike you won’t be able to use for a few months, this part is critical. Allowing bugs or water spots to dry on your bike and sit for the winter can cause the paint to corrode over time. After thoroughly washing your bike, dry it completely. Bike Bandit recommends using an electric leaf blower, if you have one, as it is a great way to get all the nooks and crannies really dry.

Lubricate Moving Parts- This step will prevent rusting and corrosion while it sits over winter. The parts that should be lubricated include the chain drive, controls, pivoting components, cables, etc.

Change Oil & Air Filter- Letting old oil sit over winter is not good for your bike’s engine. Freshening up with winter weight oil such as 5W-30 is recommended. In addition, if you are planning on storing your bike for a longer period of time, it is important to lubricate the engine with oil to prevent rusting. Remove the spark plugs, add a tablespoon of engine oil into the holes, and turn over your engine a few times to coat the cylinder walls, says Bike Bandit.

Prevent Flat Tires- Motorcycle stands can prevent tires becoming flat if they are left in the same position for months at a time. If you don’t have one, do your best to walk your bike around every few weeks to keep them from deflating. Lastly, store your bike on carpet in order to prevent any moisture from creeping in.

Plug Your Pipes- Since mice and other small creatures are known for seeking comfort in exhaust pipes and other warm areas, use a muffler plug to prevent block the entrance. If you don’t have one, you can simply use plastic bags, just don’t forget about them prior to starting up your bike again in the spring.

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