Winter Motorcycle Storage Tips
Thanks to everyone who came out to our tech night where we covered getting your bike ready for storage. I'll be keeping the pamphlets we handed out stocked up by the front door in case you couldn't make it out or have a friend who wants to grab one. I'll also include all the info in that pamphlet in this blog post in case you want don't live in Toronto but would like the information.
1. WASH AND CLEAN BIKE
Clean away dirt, grease, bugs, tar etc. • Wax paint • Armorall or other protectant on plastics / cables etc. • Protect exposed metal bits w/ corrosion protectant etc. we like S100 Corrosion protectant
2. CHANGE OIL / FILTER
If you haven’t changed your oil in the last 1000km before storing you should change it before storing used oil has higher acidity level along with all the other crud and gunk that you don’t want sitting in your engine for several months.
3. STABILIZE GAS
Add recommended level of stabilizer or Seafoam for your tank size • Run through bike • Turn off gas / drain carbs by running engine or empty float bowls tip: Good idea to add stabilizer then fill up tank so it mixes better
4. CLEAN AND LUBE CHAIN
Clean chain with your favourite chain cleaner • Spray chain with chain lube with preferred chain lube
Put battery on battery tender, indoors in possible • Top up with distilled water if convential type battery • Clean / grease connectors if needed
6. REPLACE BRAKE FLUID IF NECCESSARY
Most newer bikes say you only need to replace your brake fluid every couple of seasons, but now is a good time to check the state of your brake fluid. if it’s low or dark coloured it’s time to add more brake fluid and bleed the old stuff out.
7. PUT ON CENTRE STAND IF AVAILABLE
Takes strain off of suspension. • Prevents flat spots on tires. • If no centre stand use some wood to keep tires off of cold concrete. • If bike is on side stand rotate tires every couple of weeks so they don’t develop flat spots.
8. CHECK RADIATOR LEVEL
Add aluminum safe antifreeze as necessary.
10. TOP UP TIRE PRESSURE
Most bikes have stickers on the steering stem that have the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure. Some older bikes have them on the rear fender or chain guard. • Don’t use the PSI measurement on the tire as it is usually the maximum PSI for that tire but not necessarily your bike.
11. ADD OIL TO ENGINE CYLINDERS
To protect their engine cylinders and internal engine elements you can pour a couple of ounces of fresh oil or some fogging oil into their cylinders and then turn the bike over with the spark plug caps off so that the oil is evenly distributed on the cylinder walls, valve seats, pistons etc.
12. FIND GOOD PLACE TO STORE YOUR BIKE
• Hopefully away from wind, water, pests. • Cover with breathable cover if indoors and cover exhaust to prevent pests from entering. Steel wool, plastic, and dryer sheets are all things you can use to block your pipe. • Spray some corrosion protectant in pipes before covering and remember to take whatever you use to cover the end with out before starting the bike in the spring.