Some continue to ride their motorcycles even when winter comes, while other give up on the vehicle completely, waiting for the snow and cold weather to pass. If you don’t want to ride the bike when the harsh weather makes an appearance, you have to properly prepare it for a long and well-deserved winter nap. In the following, you will receive proper instructions to prepare and secure the motorcycle for winter storage. If you listen to our advice, the bike will be waiting for you in a perfect shape, a lot of time and money being saved when spring comes around as nothing bad has happened to the vehicle.

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Step #1 — Add Fuel Stabilizer

Required for the task:

  • Unleaded fuel;
  • Fuel stabilizer.

The lifespan of unleaded fuel is generally of approximately one month. After this period passes, the fuel starts to deteriorate, meaning that inside the tank, it will oxidize, turn into varnish, and cause damage. What you should do is empty the tank completely, fill it with a new batch of unleaded fuel, and add the recommended amount of stabilizer. After doing this, run the engine for about 15-20 minutes, and you’re done with the first preparation step.

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Step #2 — Oil Change

Required for the task:

  • Motor oil;
  • Oil filter;
  • Oil pan.

Now that you have run the stabilizer through the engine, you can move on to changing the oil. It’s required to change the oil prior to storing the bike as it contains residual fuel and contaminants that can cause oxidation. By making an oil change, you basically remove the dirt that would have otherwise deteriorated. When purchasing the motor oil needed for this preparation step, make sure that you go for a synthetic oil as it has a longer lifespan. To change the oil, you must drain the old oil into the pan, remove the filter, screw on the new filter, remove the cap, and pour the required amount of motor oil into the engine.

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Step #3 — Secure It Firmly

Required for the task:

  • Wheel chocks.

Before moving on to the next step – washing – make sure that the bike is secured firmly so that you won’t get hurt in case it tips over. Doing this prevents damage to the motorcycle as well. For this, you are going to need stable wheel chocks that will keep it grounded.

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Step #4 — Wash the Bike

Required for the task:

  • Hose or pressure washer;
  • Soap;
  • Sponge.

If you own a pressure washer, the task of washing the bike won’t take long at all and it will go incredibly smooth as the pressure with which the water is thrown on the bike ensures a fast and thorough removal of the dirt and grime that have formed on it. In case you don’t have a washer, fill a bucket with water and soap, dip the sponge in it, and thoroughly wash the dirt off the bike. Afterward, use the hose to remove the soap and the remaining dirt and grime.

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Step #5 — Remove and Charge the Battery

Required for the task:

  • Screwdriver;
  • Trickle charger;
  • Electrical outlet.

For the bike to be in a perfect shape during the storage period, you must make sure that the battery is fully charged. First, you must remove the motorcycle’s seat and unscrew the connectors of the battery. Now you can lift the battery out and proceed to charge it. With the charger unplugged, proceed to connect the clamps to the proper location of the removed connectors. Plug the trickle charger into the electric outlet, and let the battery fully charge.

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Step #6 — Check the Tires

Required for the task:

  • Portable air compressor.

Moisture could reside in the tires, affecting them as you won’t use the bike for a prolonged period. What you must do is to use the portable air compressor to deflate the tires. This way, all the moisture inside them will be expelled. When you’re done, inflate the tires with compressed air that is clean. When the bad weather passes and you want to ride the bike once again, it’s best to repeat this procedure in order to ensure that the tires haven’t lost a significant amount of air in the meanwhile.

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Step #7 — Move It to Its Storage Place

Required for the task:

  • A dry storage place.

Although this might seem to be the easiest step yet, it’s not as simple as it seems. The storage location of the motorcycle must be dry, so regardless of where you intend to leave it until winter passes, whether it is in the garage or anywhere else, make sure that the conditions in that environment are proper for the bike.

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Step #8 — Cover the Bike

Required for the task:

  • Motorcycle cover.

Regardless of the storage space that you have chosen and the conditions in it, you must cover the bike to be assured of the fact that it won’t get scratched, rust, or have anything else happen to it. Just take the cover and place it on the bike, checking for its entire surface to be neatly protected.

Winterizing the motorcycle is a mandatory action to perform every year as you have to protect it properly against the harsh weather. To make sure that your bike will run perfectly when the cold weather passes and that nothing bad will happen to it read this article and apply the tips given to prepare and secure the motorcycle for winter storage.

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