Unless you live in Florida or southern California, you’re probably going to store your motorcycle during the winter months. Putting your bike away is more than a matter of just parking it in a garage and tossing on a motorcycle cover; at least it is if you want a working bike next spring.
Spend an afternoon getting your motorcycle into storage condition in the fall to protect it through the winter. Start by taking the bike on one final ride. This will warm up the engine, and a warm engine is the best for changing oil and getting buildup out. When you get back from the ride, take care of your bike inside and out to protect it through the cold and damp winter weather.
- Fill the gas tank, add fuel stabilizer, and run the treated gas through the system by running the bike for a few minutes
- Wash and wax the motorcycle
- Inflate the tires properly
- Change the oil
- Cover the intake/exhaust with paper bags
- Lubricate the chain
- Use a protectant spray to help prevent rust
- Connect the battery to a battery tender
Find a dry, well-ventilated area to store your bike. Make sure it’s free of paint, solvents, and fertilizers. Fumes from these chemicals can eat paint and chrome. Lock the bike for security, even if your storage spot has a locked door. Cover the bike with a breathable motorcycle cover. Don’t use a plastic sheet. Moisture can get trapped underneath and rust out your bike.