Summertime is the prime of motorcycle season. Loyal riders will continue riding through the tail end of fall. After the last albeit sad ride until warmer weather is the smartest time to prepare your Bike for the pending winter months. For those who are not avid riders there is a lot more to winterizing a motorcycle than may have been expected. It is a popular notion that parking your Bike in the garage and waiting for the snow to melt is all you have to do. If you want your motorcycle to stay in tip top condition, following the next steps will ensure a smooth ride in the Spring.
Gas it up– It sounds counterintuitive, however filling up your Bike with gas before it sits out the Winter is a necessity. Adding fuel stabilizers and letting it run for a few minutes will flush the gasoline through properly. This will prevent any deterioration of fuel and build up from occurring which can damage the parts of your Bike.
Lube the Lines- It is imperative to check your fluids and top them off as needed. Antifreeze, oil, and brake fluid can help your bike stay in good working condition. Greasing or lubing the cables, clutch and even the kickstand is an often missed step. When this is not completed, the parts have a tendency to stick and rust begins to form.
Change it up- If you want to avoid the corrosion of engine parts, change the oil before you store the motorcycle. Old and murky oil can be debilitating to an engine. If it is allowed to sit for long periods, the damage can result in much needed repairs before your bike can hit the road. Include any filters or plugs in the change to have a fresh start after winter.
Battery Conservation– Older bikes do not have the same bells and whistles as the newer Bikes have. With electronics, the battery is constantly in use whether it is turned on or off. If you want to keep a well conserved battery, try removing it and trickle charging it. You can also leave the battery assembled on the bike and make it a part of your winter routine to run the engine for a short time. This will use oil and fluids you have already set and a recheck may be needed after a couple of months.
Spot Check– Tires that sit in the same spot can wear thin or an imbalanced tread. Storing your bike without them is the preferred method if you have the space. If you do not, keep the bike centered and rotate the tires every few weeks. Another spot check is on the body of your bike. Applying a coat of wax keeps rust at bay while exhausts can be filled with a towel or cloth to keep moisture or pets out. Now that you have the steps to winterizing your motorcycle, you can ride easy into the next season. Proper maintenance and storage is a preventative measure that pays off in the end. As the temperatures rise, you can be assured that your Bike is ready and set to get out on the open road.