Motorcycle Storage – Getting the Jump on Winter
It’s that time of year again: the leaves turn brown, the temperature highs are in the single digits, and the treetops are looking barer and barer. Winter’s definitely right around the corner! And that means road conditions that are bad for your motorcycle. So, like millions of bike owners in Canada, you’re looking ahead to winter storage, because, even though you’d love to, it’s just not practical to ride all year round.
Whether you’re a new owner facing the first winter season or new to the northern climate, here’s some of the essential things to consider when searching out a storage solution for your bike.
Yep, it’s really nice to have – but not necessary. Then again, on the other hand, your bike is your baby, right? So if you can get heated storage, go for it.
When to start storing
For some riders, wind, cold and rain are no object, so honestly, it’s a subjective decision when it comes to temperature and climate. However, if it’s a question of ice and snow, beware! Salts and other road treatments in winter can cause rust and corrosion, so you’re better off getting your bike stored away before this stuff hits the ground.
Size of storage unit
Luckily, a bike doesn’t take up too much room, which helps leave more savings in your pocket. Unless you’re planning on storing other seasonal items along with it, you won’t need anything bigger than an economical 5-ft. x 10-ft. storage unit.
Basic to-do’s before storing
Like most major investments, a motorcycle needs TLC over the long term to boost its rewards – and not only when you’re in the saddle and on the road. So before you put your bike in storage, here are a few basic preparatory steps you should take:
- Leave a full gas tank to prevent rust and add a fuel stabilizer during the idle period
- Remove the battery and keep it charged
- Change all fluids, such as engine and primary oil, transmission oil, etc. to discourage chemical impurities from forming
- For chain-drive bikes, lubricate the chain with a Teflon spray before storing
- Maintain or restore proper air pressure on the tires
- Clean up the frame beforehand to preserve paint and chrome finish
Afterwards, a few months later on you’ll find your bike in great running condition. So once the thaw comes, you’ll be optimized to cruise some new trails (or your favourites), and ride into the sunset!