Winter is fast upon us and we need to start making preparations, if we haven’t already, in the daily aspects of our life. If you rely on your motorcycle as your main mode of transportation during the summer months and want to place it in a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage in Ogden, Utah there are a few preparations you need to make to your bike to keep it in working order. Below is a list of steps you should consider taking in the process of preparing your motorcycle for storage.
Prepping the Surface
The first step to winterizing your motorcycle is to wash it. Even though you may not intend on riding it for a few months, this step is a necessity. You want to ensure the quality and durability of the paint on your bike by removing dirt, dust, and bug guts from the surface. After a good washing, make sure all surfaces of your bike are dry. Applying a coat of wax on the paint will help keep your bike looking new over the long winter months.
Change the Oil and Oil Filter
Having fresh oil and a brand new oil filter while the bike sits for a period of time will make sure your bike will stay running. It is also a benefit when you are itching to go out for the first ride of the season, it will be all ready to go. Taking the time to dab oil on your engine internals will protect your motorcycle engine during long periods of storage and the changing weather. By dabbing oil on internal engine parts you protect them from possible buildup of moisture that could occur. If you prefer, you can always take your bike to a trusted mechanic to do this for you.
Prepping your Fuel System
Fuel tanks are known to rust when they are not in use and the gas inside them can become thick and gummy over long periods of time. To help combat this it is smart to pick up a fuel stabilizer. Follow the directions on the bottle of the fuel stabilizer and top off your tank right before placing it in storage. A full tank will help guard against unwanted moisture. To make sure the fuel stabilizer is fully mixed in with the fuel in the gas tank, take your bike for one final short ride of the season.
Protect your Tires
When placing a motorcycle in storage you need to remember it will remain stationary for quite some time. This often proves to be very hard on your tires and can create flat spots. By purchasing motorcycle stands you can elevate your bikes tires off the ground. If a motorcycle stand is not an option try to at least elevate the back tire of your bike or make weekly visits to your storage unit at Ogden Self Storage in Ogden, Utah to rotate the tires.
To add that extra measure of safety for your bike it is wise to cover it. You can either purchase a motorcycle cover made for your bike or do something as simple as securing a sheet over the top. This will keep unwanted pests, dirt, and dust off of your beloved bike.