Motorcycle Storage Tips
There comes a time when every avid biker needs to put a bike in storage for an extended period of time. Sometimes the season is too cold to ride, or you got a new bike and are hanging on to an older one. There are many things to keep in mind as you prepare your motorcycle for long-term storage. Here at the King Law Firm, we have a few tips to make sure your motorcycle is in great condition when you decide to take it out on the open road again.
- Drain the gas tank – It is important that you drain the gas tank before you put your bike into extended storage. It is better for the health of your ride to put fresh gas in the tank when dragging it out after a long layoff. It also reduces the chance of fires breaking out while the bike is in storage.
- Change the fluids – Before you put it away, it’s always a good idea flush out and change old fluids, like oil, brake, clutch, and coolant. Changing these fluids periodically is crucial to the optimal performance your motorcycle, and this is a good time to clean out those old fluids and put in something fresh.
- Conserve your battery’s charge – At times, a slight power drain occurs when a battery is left in a bike for an extended period of time. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to remove the battery from your bike altogether to conserve power.
- Wash the bike – You don’t want your bike to be covered in old dirt for months on end. Take some time to clean your bike to make sure that dirt and grime don’t sit on surfaces for an extended time and damage the paint. A wax treatment to protect against moisture and rust is not a bad idea either.
- Cover openings – An effective way to keep pests and vermin out of the exhaust/muffler of your bike is to wrap it with a plastic bag or cloth. Small insects will be looking for a place to stay when it is cold, and this prevents any unwanted guests from getting inside the inner workings of your motorcycle and doing any damage.
- Keep the bike off the ground – A bike remaining stationary for a long time, resting on the ground puts undue stress on the tires. It may cause air to leak out, or result in the tires becoming unbalanced. Use a motorcycle stand to prop up the bike and maintain its condition.
- Cover the bike – Investing in a good motorcycle cover not only protects it from dirt and dust that could scratch the paint, but also keeps unwanted moisture off. This will help prevent build-up under the cover that would lead to rust, which can affect the bike’s performance.
No matter the reason you are putting your bike into storage, these steps can ensure that your motorcycle is in tip-top shape when you decide to dust it off.
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