It's that dreaded time of year again for any biker. The cold is already settling in, snow is on it's way. The only hope we have to escape winter's wrath now, is to get our bikes ready for safe keeping while in storage. You may be thinking, 'what's the point of doing all of this to my bike when it will be 3 months before I ride it next?' The reason is simple. Put the time and effort in now so when spring comes you will be ready to ride instead of having to drop your bike off at the shop!
1. Stabilize Your Fuel
If you're going to skip one of these steps, don't let it be this one. It's one of the easiest steps and can save you hundreds of dollars come spring time! The concept is simple, instead of having to drain bad gas from your bike, keep the current gas good. We recommend using Liquid Performance's Ethanol Equalizer. Instead of me telling you the reasons why, watch the video below to see it in action.
2. Oil & Filter Change
It's best to have fresh oil and a new filter in a motor that is being stored. Acids in your bike's current oil can cause corrosion on the cylinder, piston, etc. Instead of spending the start of spring changing your oil, do it now so you'll be ready to ride. We stock Castrol, Mobil, Lucas, Maxima, and so many more brands of oil. We also stock K&N and Hiflo oil filters. If you're not sure which filter or oil you should use, stop in and we can help you.
3. Check Coolant/Anti-Freeze
If you're planning to store your bike where the temperature may be below freezing, make sure you top off the coolant to the correct levels. This will help prevent any freezing. We have Maxima Coolanol for $16.95, Engine Ice for $21.95, and Liquid Performance Racing coolant for $20.99 in stock.
4. Battery Care
A battery will lose charge over time if it's not being used. To help prevent having to buy a new battery in the spring, invest in a battery tender. We have Battery Tender Junior's in stock for $35.95. This battery tender converts to a float charger and monitors the battery. Once the battery drops below 12.6VDC, the charger will charge it back to full capacity.
5. Wash/Wax Bike
To keep your bike looking great, make sure you wash and wax your bike before storage. Letting water spots, bug guts, and road grime stay on your bike can cause corrosion and ruin the finish permanently. After letting the bike fully dry, wax it to fight against moisture and corrosion. For all of our detailing work at the shop we use S100 products. The cleaner is $14.95 and the wax is $9.50.
After spending time washing and waxing the bike, don't just let it sit and collect dust. Different bikes will need a different size cover. Typically, sport and stock standard motorcycles will fit under a Medium cover, Large covers fit motorcycles up to 1200cc with saddlebags and fairings, XL fit touring dressers, and XXL fit full dressers. Covers can vary in price from $40-$120. A basic cover, like Ultra Lite by Dowco, is about $40. Just remember, something is better than nothing.