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Month: August 2023

Storing Your Motorcycle – What You Need to Know

Storing a motorcycle properly is essential to maintain its condition and prolong its lifespan. Here are some steps you can follow to store a motorcycle:

  1. Clean the Motorcycle: Thoroughly clean the motorcycle to remove dirt, dust, and any corrosive substances. Use a mild soap, water, and a soft cloth. Avoid using high-pressure water as it might force water into sensitive components.
  2. Fuel Stabilization: If you plan to store the motorcycle for an extended period (more than a month), add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank and run the engine for a few minutes to ensure the stabilized fuel reaches the carburetor or fuel injection system. This helps prevent fuel deterioration and carburetor/gasoline-related issues.
  3. Oil Change: Change the oil and filter before storing the motorcycle. Fresh oil helps prevent moisture buildup and protects internal components.
  4. Tires: Inflate the tires to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. If possible, store the motorcycle off the ground to prevent tire flat spots. You can use a motorcycle stand or wooden blocks placed under the frame.
  5. Battery Maintenance: If the motorcycle will be stored for an extended period, consider disconnecting the battery or using a battery tender/maintainer to prevent it from losing charge. Some modern motorcycles may have battery management systems that maintain the battery’s charge level.
  6. Coolant and Antifreeze: Ensure that the coolant and antifreeze levels are appropriate for the climate conditions. Check the motorcycle’s manual for guidance.
  7. Cover: Use a breathable, waterproof cover to protect the motorcycle from dust, moisture, and direct sunlight. Ensure the cover is securely fastened to prevent it from flapping in the wind, which could cause scratches.
  8. Indoor Storage: If possible, store the motorcycle indoors to protect it from the elements. A garage or a dedicated storage area is ideal.
  9. Security Measures: Consider using a high-quality lock or chain to deter theft if you’re storing the motorcycle in a location where security might be a concern.
  10. Regular Checkups: Even if the motorcycle is in storage, periodically check on it to ensure there are no issues developing. This can help you catch any potential problems early.
  11. Proper Ventilation: If you’re storing the motorcycle in a closed space, ensure there’s adequate ventilation to prevent condensation and moisture buildup.
  12. Documentation: Keep all relevant documentation, such as the owner’s manual, registration, and insurance, in a safe place.

Remember that these are general guidelines, and it’s essential to consult your motorcycle’s owner’s manual for specific storage instructions and recommendations from the manufacturer.

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