Fall is a great time of year for riding, but the beautiful colors and cooler weather are also a reminder that winter is just around the corner, and you need to start thinking about winterizing your motorcycle.
Storing your bike for the winter isn't as simple as throwing a cover over it and forgetting about it until spring. You need to properly prepare so it will be running smoothly come riding season without any unwanted surprises such as dead batteries, corrosion, and rust spots.
Follow these simple steps and you'll save yourself a lot of time and hassle come spring time.
Get in the right mindset
Put on some good music and throw on proper work clothing.
Decide where best to store it
Think dry and elevated. Consider rolling your bike onto plywood or a carpet scrap.
Top off your tank
And don’t forget to add fuel stabilizer.
Oil and lubricate
After warming up the engine, change the oil and filter. Lubricate all moving parts, like your bike’s drive chain and front forks.
Pump up the tires
Check pressure in both tires and consider increasing by 5-10 PSI.
Wash your bike thoroughly and add a layer of protective wax. Put leather protectant on your seat as well.
Roll your bike every few weeks
It’ll prevent flat spots on your tires.
Hookup a battery tender
It’ll keep your battery charged through the winter.
Stay covered—in more ways than one
Finally, throw a breathable cover over your bike and don’t drop your insurance. Your bike still faces risks when it’s in storage like theft, fire and storm damage.
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