Winterizing Your Motorcycle
1. WASH AND CLEAN BIKE
Clean away dirt, grease, bugs, tar etc. Wax paint to protect finish. Armorall or other protectant on plastics / cables etc. Protect exposed metal bits w/ corrosion protectant etc. we like ACF50 or 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 and run through fuel system. 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
6. REPLACE BRAKE FLUID IF NECESSARY
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
This practice takes strain off of suspension and 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.
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. FOG 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. Corrosion Block, ACF50, S100 Corrosion Protectant or fresh engine oil all work well for this. Great practice if storing in damp conditions or for long periods of time.
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. Exhaust Plug, 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.