For many people who own motorcycles, the winter weather is just too cold to handle, especially when you add on the wind chill at high speeds. If you are stowing your bike for the winter, you'll need to make sure that it is prepared for the cold weather. Here's how to protect your motorcycle this winter.
Start with a Thorough Cleaning
Before you do anything else, give your bike a detailed cleaning. You don't want all that dirt and grime just sitting there all winter long. When you are drying it, make sure that you get into all of your bike's crevices, as any leftover moisture can lead to rust and corrosion. Finally, add a coat of wax, and spray all exposed metal with WD-40.
Take Care of Your Fluids
If the temperature drops below freezing in your area, you'll need to take the proper precautions to ensure that nothing freezes, potentially cracking your engine components. Before you fill up your gas tank for the last time, add a bit of fuel stabilizer to your tank. This will prevent the gas from breaking down over time. Make sure that you have plenty of anti-freeze in your coolant system as well. Finally, fill up with fresh engine oil. You don't want dirty, used oil just sitting there in your tank all winter.
Keep Your Tires Off the Ground
If you leave your bike sitting there all winter, your tires can develop flat spots on the bottom. To help prevent this, use a motorcycle stand specifically designed for this purpose. At the very least, try to get the back tire off the ground. As a last resort, you can move your bike every couple of weeks to rotate the tires.
Guard Against Rodents
During the winter, mice, rats, and other small rodents have a nasty habit of making their homes in exhaust pipes, so block yours with exhaust plugs. You can also stuff them with old socks, plastic bags or other similar items. Just be sure not to forget to take them out when it's time to ride again in the spring.
Bundle It Up
Finally, wrap your bike up in a high-quality motorcycle cover to keep out dirt and moisture. Don't forget to lock your bike with a heavy chain, or take other security precautions if you are going to be leaving it outside all winter. Cars and bikes that don't move for long periods of time are targets for thieves and vandals, and you want your bike to still be in perfect condition when the weather warms up again.
Stock Up on Gear at Renegade Classics
If you plan on braving the cold and continuing to ride your bike all winter, we've got all the cold-weather gear you need here at Renegade Classics. Stop by our Lexington store today to have a look at our latest inventory.