7 Tips for Storing a Motorcycle for Winter
Posted on: October 29, 2018 |
There’s nothing like zipping through the Toronto city and countryside on your motorcycle. But unfortunately, as the temperature drops with the fall and winter, it’s time to start preparing your motorcycle for winter storage. Winterizing your motorcycle will help to keep it ready for the next riding season!
How to Store a Motorcycle for Winter
Before storing you bicycle over the winter, it is important to…
- Review the Manufacturer Instructions: Before cleaning your motorcycle and preparing it for storage, it is important to check the manufacture approved instructions for your particular bike. Different brands and kinds of motorcycles will require different methods of cleaning.
- Take Care of the Battery: In order to prevent the battery from dying over the winter, it is necessary to either use a trickle charger or charge the battery at least once a month. Charging the battery once a month will help to maintain the clock and radio settings you regularly use. If you don’t want to have to charge the battery once a month, remove it from the motorcycle and place it on a trickle charger. A trickle charger will maintain the battery charge and will not allow for the battery to die.
- Change the Oil: It is much better for your motorcycle to have new oil sitting inside of it during the winter than old oil. And, let’s be honest here, the last thing you’ll want to do before riding your motorcycle next spring is to change the oil.
- Wash Your Motorcycle: Prevent your bicycle finish from corroding by giving it a thorough wash. After washing your bike, allow it to dry completely before adding a coat of wax. A corrosion inhibitor can be used on any plastic, metal or rubber surfaces to prevent corrosion or oxidation from occurring.
- Siphon the Gas Out of the Tank: If you are considering storing your motorcycle in a storage unit, it is essential that you siphon the gas out of the tank before storage. Storing gas in a storage unit is dangerous and can pose a threat to any workers or visitors at the storage facility. Siphon the unused gas out of your motorcycle tank and use it to power your snow blower or car.
- Prevent Tire Flat Spots: It is not uncommon for flat spots to form on your tires. Flat spots are caused by the weight of the bike pushing down on one part of the tire for an extended period of time. In order to prevent flat spots from forming, rotate the bicycle tires weekly.
- Use a Motorcycle Cover: A motorcycle cover will prevent dust from settling on your bike. Be sure to buy one that will not trap moisture inside of the cover, which can form rust.
Are You Looking for a Motorcycle Storage Unit Near You?
The best place to store a bike during winter storage is indoors and in a location free from fluctuations in temperature. If you are unable to store your motorcycle in your garage, consider a climate controlled storage unit rental with Spaces Self Storage. Spaces Self Storage has two storage facilities in Toronto, ON, one of Eastern Avenue and one on Dupont Street. Reserve a storage unit with Spaces Self Storage today!