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How to Store Your Motorcycle Properly for Winter


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Once the cold weather arrives, some bikers decide the riding season is over. It's now time to properly store your motorcycle away for the winter. Follow these tips on how to properly store your bike for the winter, making spring time start-up much easier.

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How to Store Your Motorcycle Properly for Winter

  1. 1. How to Store Your Motorcycle Properly For Winter
  2. 2. North Carolina Motorcycle Accident AttorneyKarney Law, a motorcycle accident law firm, is located inCharlotte, North Carolina representing NC and SC bikers.Winter is a season that can damage a motorcycle if not storedproperly. Here are a few tips on how to properly store yourmotorcycle making it ready for next spring.
  3. 3. Step #1: Choose a LocationChoosing an indoor location is best, but if stored outdoors, makesure it’s covered correctly. This will protect the motorcycle againstinsects, rodents, water and dust. Also, an indoor location will addadditional protection and added security.
  4. 4. Step #2: Drain the Carburetor and Fuel LinesThis is one of the most important and easiest steps a biker shouldperform when storing their motorcycle for winter. Not draining itcan cause residue to clog the carburetor and injectors.If stored for more than three months, it’s best to drain. If youdecide not to drain, make sure the fuel tank is completely full andadd a fuel stabilizer with the gas. This will help keep the gas fromturning into sludge.
  5. 5. Step #3: Clean the MotorcycleAfter the final ride, take the time to clean the motorcycle forstorage. Waxing and polishing may take some time, but it will actas a barrier against rust and moisture. It’s well worth the time.Make sure the motorcycle is completely dry and ALL metal partsshould be coated with an anti-corrosive product such as WD-40.
  6. 6. Step #4: The BatteryThe battery will eventually go dead if stored all winter and cancorrode at a fast pace. Best practice is to remove it completely. Ifremoved, check the fluid level and take time to clean anycorrosion.If you don’t want to remove the battery, use a trickle charger tokeep the power level high.
  7. 7. Step #5: Protect the BrakesBrake fluid attracts water, so it’s best to drain the system andbleed the lines with new fluid the following spring.Another way you can protect the brakes is by placing cardboard orpaper between the pads and discs. This will help prevent themfrom sticking. If not done, the pad could settle into the disc.
  8. 8. Step #6: Protect the TiresCheck the front and rear tires with an air pressure gauge makingsure each tire has the correct amount of air. If you’re not sureabout the amount, you can find that information in your ownermanual.By raising the tires up by ¼” – ½” on either wood or cardboard willhelp prevent them from developing flat spots.
  9. 9. Step #7: Exhaust and MufflersExhaust and mufflers are known to rust quickly if not in use. Makesure they are protected for winter storage by lightly spraying themwith WD-40 as this will protect them from corrosion. Anothersuggestion is to lightly place a plastic bag into each muffler holeand cover with another plastic bag. This will keep the moisturefrom entering causing corrosion.
  10. 10. By following these suggestions, you’ll be able to protect yourmotorcycle from the winter elements and spring start-up will be alot easier.Motorcycle safety is always first. If you or someone you know hasbeen involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Bob Karney, amotorcycle accident lawyer.