Wednesday, December 02, 2015

5 Must-Have Items for Storing Your Bike



You might know just what to do to keep your motorcycle in gnarly condition during the summer months while you're riding it frequently, but like many, you may be unsure how to properly keep it stored when it's not in use. Storing a motorcycle isn't as simple as keeping it parked. There are some must-have items you need to keep your hog in the best possible condition.

1. Motorcycle Cover

One of the most important items you can have for your ride is a motorcycle cover. Moisture from snow and rain can quickly cause your bike to rust and even wear away the paint. Using a cover will add as a protective shield to be sure this doesn't happen.


2. Blocks

A motorcycle's tires will quickly deflate if it is left for long periods of time on pavement. If your bike will be sitting for a few months, prop it up on blocks or on a wood board. This will allow the tires to remain even and inflated so your hog will be in riding condition when you're ready to go out again.


3. Rag

The muffler can fill with water when rain drips or snow melts inside it, and having standing water in the muffler will cause it to rust from the inside out. Keeping a rag in the muffler to absorb moisture will prevent rust from forming.


4. Fuel Stabilizer

Fuel should not be left in the tank while you keep it stored unless there's fuel stabilizer inside it. Fuel stabilizer keeps fuel in the best possible condition so it does become affected by storage time. Without fuel stabilizer, gas mileage can decrease. You can find fuel stabilizer at gas stations and auto stores.


5. Wax

Buy motorcycle wax to give your bike an added protective layer. Moisture can impact the metal greatly, causing it to rust and wear with time. A layer of wax will not allow standing moisture to cause metal damage.

With these five items on hand, you have everything you need to guide you in keeping your ride stored efficiently. For additional tips delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for the Cycle Trader newsletter.
Ashley Martin Web Developer

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Battery Tender!!!

James Telford said...

Yes, for me a battery tender is number one on the list. Can't hardly figure out how you missed the number one item.

Brian M said...

Battery tender is number one for sure

Randy Bonds said...

Spraying WD-40 on engine parts, etc will keep better than wax. The WD stands for Water Displacement and it gets into tight places better than anything.

Randy Bonds said...

Spraying WD-40 on engine parts, etc will keep better than wax. The WD stands for Water Displacement and it gets into tight places better than anything.

Anonymous said...

If possible al fuel needs to be drained,, fuel stabling will not help against ethanol damage ,, I know,, 6 months and gas cock and all surrounding had ro be replaced!

Anonymous said...

i keep mine like the picture above you never know when you'll get a warm day lol