Preparing Your Motorcycle For Winter Storage

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Keeping your motorcycle in excellent working condition means performing some basic maintenance before putting it into storage for the winter. Before you say goodbye to your bike ahead of the cold winter months, make sure you follow this checklist to ensure your favorite machine will be ready to hit the road come spring.

Wash The Bike

Over the course of the summer, your bike has accumulated a layer of dust, dirt and insects. You'll want to wash your bike to remove all this dirt so it doesn't permanently damage your bike. You can also use this time to clean and condition your leather motorcycle seat and any other leather accessories. This will prevent cracking and fading, keeping the leather in peak condition.

Perform Routine Maintenance

Take your motorcycle to a repair shop for routine maintenance and to determine whether or not any repairs need to be made to the bike before you store it away for the winter. A motorcycle repair shop can perform the following routine maintenance tasks:

  • Oil and oil filter changes
  • Top off coolant
  • Inspect drive belt, drive chain, spark plugs and shocks
  • Change fuel and air filters
  • Inspect brake lines, brake pads and brake calipers
  • Replace oil in drive shaft

Choose A Storage Location

Your garage may be your best, most affordable option for storage, but remember that if your garage isn't heated or weatherproof, the bike will still be exposed to the elements. A climate-controlled storage unit is a great alternative to keep your bike in perfect condition over the winter.

Cover Your Bike

When you are ready to store your bike away, you'll want to make sure that it's covered to prevent it from being exposed to dirt and debris. You can purchase a motorcycle cover that fits snugly around your bike, or you can opt for a regular tarp secured by ropes or bungee cords. Be sure to cover your muffler with a few layers of plastic bags to prevent small animals from making your muffler their new nest. Secure the bags with rubber bands or a zip tie. Your bike is now ready to wait until the start of the next biking season.

Taking care of your bike is the best way to keep it working great for years to come. Use this checklist to prepare your motorcycle for the winter months, and rest easy knowing your bike will be ready to go back out on the road whenever you are. A motorcycle service center like Monarch Honda can also help you keep your bike in top condition.

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