SAFETY RESOURCES

Cold Weather Storage Tips

When the first frost hits, you know that the snow is not too far behind. For many riders, the colder weather signifies the end of riding season. They no longer get to roar down the highway on their hogs. Instead, they have to pack them away until spring. But you can’t just throw your bike in the garage and expect it to be ok. You have to take the proper precautions to keep your bike safe until the warmer weather months.

First, you have to decide where you want to store your bike. The best place to keep your bike during the winter months is a garage or storage shed. Whatever you decide, make sure the space is very clean and dry. Also if the space has windows, don’t leave your bike in direct sunlight. If you do, condensation can form on your bike as the temperatures fluctuate. This could cause your bike to rust. So keep your bike out of the sun.

Change your oil before you put your bike away for the winter as well. If you start the bike and let it idle to normal running temperature, this will help the oil to drain easier. It can also help dry out any moisture that accumulated during your last ride. Drain the crankcase of the old oil, replace the oil filter and then add fresh oil.

If your bike is going to be sitting in storage longer than six weeks, remove the sparkplugs and put about a teaspoonful of new engine oil into each plughole. Then put the bike into the highest gear and manually turn the rear wheel a couple of revolutions. This will coat the cylinder walls, piston rings and valve seats and protect them from moisture. After you do this, you can put the sparkplugs back in.

Make sure you fill up your gas tank before you put your bike away. This will prevent moisture and rust from developing inside the tank. Add a fuel stabilizer to keep the gasoline from thickening and clogging fuel jets or carburetors. If your bike has carburetors instead of fuel injection, loosen the drain bolts on each carburetor and drain the fuel. Before you fill the tank, make sure you tighten the drain bolts.

Give your bike a good wash and wax before you cover it up. To prevent rust, you can spray a light coat of WD40 on all chrome. After the mufflers have cooled completely, carefully push a plastic bag inside each muffler to keep moisture from forming there. Then cover each muffle with another plastic bag. Take the time to lube all the cables, pivot points, pedals and the side stand. When you’re ready to cover up your bike don’t use a sheet or a plastic tarp because they can collect moisture. Buy a motorcycle cover because they are usually made of materials that can wick away moisture.

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