Why let the motorcycle shops take your money every spring when you could prepare and store your motorcycle for winter all on your own. Motorcycle storage is very important during those cold winter months. Getting you bike ready for storage is just as important as the actual storing itself. Complete the following items to get your motorcycle ready for storage and you will save a bundle come time to ride in the spring.
One of the first things you will need to do is to drain the fuel form the carburetors. This should be done at any point in time that the bike will not be used for more than two weeks.
Next you need to make sure that your fuel tank is protected so that they do not rust Water in the fuels will cause it to rust so you need to drain the tank completely. Once you are ready to take your bike out of storage then you need to fill up and use a fuel stabilizer before you fill up.
The third thing that needs to be done while your motorcycle is in storage is to put a battery tender on the battery. No battery likes inactivity. A battery that is not used all winter long will not be ready to use come spring.
One of the final things that you need to do is to make sure that your bike is good and clean before it goes into storage. Dust, dirt and grime will cause rust because of the moisture that is retained in dirt. Once washed make sure that it is completely dry in all the tiny nooks and crannies. After all is dry, apply a nice coat of wax. Put this wax everywhere you can get a rag into and you do not need to worry about buffing it. Wax will help prevent rust throughout the winter.
Make sure that you are storing your bike in a dry area that is free of temperature swings. Cover your bike up but make sure you use a cover that does not retain moisture but will keep the dust off. Putting your motorcycle in storage will ensure happy riding come spring. This is also the time that you might want to consider any improvements that you might want to do to your bike or any other adjustments. Hopefully you will have a mild winter and will be able to break your motorcycle out of storage by March.