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.
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.
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.
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.