A motorcycle is a beautiful vehicle. It’s fast, streamlined, efficient, and lets you immerse yourself in the elements instead of just experiencing them. There’s no glass-and-metal wall that puts up a shield (pun intended!) between you and the outdoors, just the air around you. But as with any other vehicle, it’s important to keep it covered and protected so that when winter hits, you’ll have it perfectly preserved for spring.
There are a few physical things you’ll want to do to your motorcycle before you store it for the winter. First, take care of the gas tank by filling it, adding fuel stabilizer, and then running your motorcycle for a few minutes so the treated gas courses through the system. Keep the tank full so there’s no airspace over the winter, and conversely, less room for rust.
Next, you’ll want to wash and wax the vehicle so any autumn-time grime won’t collect and burrow into the crevices over the winter. This’ll mean just a light touch up in the spring, instead of a heavy-duty power wash that runs the risk of damaging small parts. AFter your motorcycle is clean and shiny, inflate the tires, change the oil, and lubricate the chain. Spray on rust protector once your motorcycle’s fully dry, creating a seal that’ll minimize the chances of rust and internal damage.
Where to Store
Ideally, you’ll want to keep your motorcycle in your garage as it’s cool, dry and dark- free from the winter cold and snow that can wreak havoc on your wheels. You’ll also want to keep it away from any paints or solvents because the fumes from them can corrode your motorcycle, leaving it in poor condition once the spring thaw arrives. Make sure you also lock your motorcycle, just in case. Although your garage might be locked, it’s just an extra precaution, like having a passcode for your phone.
Cover it with a Shield
DuraShield has breathable motorcycle covers that are perfect for winter storage. They allow any humidity that gathers on your machine to permeate the shield and get outside where it belongs, instead of collecting on your machine and causing rust. And with the fall motorcycle cover sale heating up, you can save a bundle. Covers start at just $19 and include free shipping. Check out DuraShield’s collection of motorcycle covers and have your machine looking good next spring.