10 Steps to Winterize Your Motorcycle

Posted by Kai Sarasch on

Winterizing your motorcycle can help protect it from the harsh winter weather and ensure that it's in good condition when you're ready to ride again.  Here are some steps you can take to winterize your motorcycle:

  1. Clean and dry the motorcycle thoroughly: Use a high-quality motorcycle wash and wax to clean the motorcycle and protect the paint. Be sure to pay extra attention to areas prone to rust, such as the frame, exhaust, and any metal components. Once the motorcycle is clean, dry it thoroughly, paying particular attention to areas that are prone to moisture, such as the airbox, exhaust, and engine.

  2. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank: Fuel stabilizer helps prevent the fuel from breaking down and gumming up the carburetor or fuel system. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when adding fuel stabilizer to your motorcycle.

  3. Change the oil: Old oil can break down and become corrosive over time, which can cause damage to the engine. Changing the oil before storing the motorcycle for the winter will help protect the engine and keep it running smoothly.

  4. Disconnect the battery: If you plan to store the motorcycle for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to disconnect the battery. This will prevent the battery from draining and potentially damaging the motorcycle's electrical system.

  5. Cover the motorcycle: Protect the motorcycle from dust, dirt, and moisture by covering it with a high-quality motorcycle cover. Make sure the cover fits snugly and is designed to protect against the elements.

  6. Store the motorcycle in a dry, temperature-controlled environment: If possible, store the motorcycle in a garage or other dry, temperature-controlled environment. This will help protect it from the elements and prevent corrosion.

  7. Check the tire pressure: Check the tire pressure and inflate the tires to the recommended level before storing the motorcycle for the winter. This will help prevent flat spots from forming on the tires.

  8. Service the motorcycle: Before storing the motorcycle for the winter, it's a good idea to perform any necessary maintenance or repairs. This will help ensure that the motorcycle is in good condition and ready to ride when the weather warms up.

By following these steps, you can help protect your motorcycle from the harsh winter weather and ensure that it's in good condition when you're ready to ride again.

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