Tips for Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:25:14 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2013 03:34:23 PM CST
Freedom Road Cycles- Winterizing Your Bike

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Wichita, KS -

Winter is just around the corner, so it's time to winterize your motorcycle. Winterizing is an essential step before you put your bike away for a couple cold, wet months. Freedom Road Cycles has some tips for this important step in motorcycle maintenance:

1. Clean your bike. Putting away your motorcycle dirty, and you're risking rust and deterioration. Spend a few minutes washing and waxing your bike before you put it away.

2. Change your engine oil. Oil absorbs water, which can lead to condensation in your engine cases with the changing of temperatures in the winter. Fresh oil holds more water, which makes condensation less likely to happen.

3. Fill your gas tank and add fuel stabilizer. Filling your tank with gas leaves less room for water caused by condensation. Adding stabilizer will also help with condensation.

4. Check your tire pressure. Your tires can get flat spots when you leave your bike sitting for long periods of time. Combat flat spots by filling your tires to the appropriate pressure. If you're parking your bike on concrete for the winter, it's also a good idea to move your bike periodically to fight flat spots. Also, consider putting down old carpet remnants.

5. Charge your battery. Make sure your bike still have battery at the end of the winter by fully charging it before you put it away. Doing so also extends the life of your battery. To charge your battery at home, invest in a Battery Tender.

6. Cover with a breathable, soft cover. Keep your bike safe from dust and dirt with a good cover. It needs to be breathable to your bike can avoid condensation build up, which causes corrosion.

Another great tip for the winter is not to start your bike unless you plan on riding it- starting it for a couple minutes is one of the worst things you can do. It will drain your battery and create condensation in your exhaust. Once you put away your motorcycle for the winter, keep it parked.

When the cold winter is over, and you're ready to ride your bike again, take it for a long ride to burn off the old storage fuel. Replace your fuel tank with fresh gas as soon as you can.

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