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11/09/2017
If you won't be using your motorcycle much during the colder months, read this post by Go Synthetic Lubes in Pewaukee to learn how to winterize it properly. 

How to Winterize Your Motorcycle

The cold winter air makes you want to cozy up next to a fireplace, not cruise down the road on your motorcycle. That's why, if you won't be using your motorcycle much this fall and winter, you should winterize it properly, so it can remain in top shape come springtime. To learn how to do just that, continue reading the post below.

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Stabilize the Fuel in Your Motorcycle

The fuel system will require some special attention if your motorcycle will be on stand-by during the colder winter months. This is because, through disuse, the fuel can go stale and stop working as usual. This is troubling because it could result in damage to your motorcycle's components, which is not what you want. If you want to ensure your motorcycle will be ready to go once it starts getting hotter outside once more, you will need to add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. This will keep the fuel from changing during the idle periods.

Take Proper Care of the Battery

Needless to say, the battery is a key player in your motorcycle, as it is responsible for providing power to a slew of its components. However, it can also be rendered useless if it's not used with regularity. To avoid getting stranded due to a dead battery next time you ride, you will need to remove the battery completely to keep it from wasting away. It is important that you keep it in a dry, and clean place so it doesn't get damaged. Cycle World recommends purchasing a trickle charger with a monitoring feature for your motorcycle. This will help you keep the battery fully charged while the motorcycle is in storage.

Change the Oil and Filter

You may think that since your motorcycle won't be used for a couple of months, that you don't need to take care of changing its oil and its oil filter. However, this is a good chance to ensure the motorcycle will be ready to be ridden once the temperatures start heating up again. As you know, the oil helps coat the components in your motorcycle's engine, protecting them and keeping them working smoothly for longer. If you will be changing the oil and filter, an expert tip is to let it warm up before you drain it (but only for a couple of minutes). This is because the cold temperatures outside will make the oil denser and harder to drain. Warming it up will allow it to slide off more easily.

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Check on the Motorcycle's Fluids

The colder temperatures can actually affect your motorcycle's fluids a great deal. After all, as you know, liquids tend to freeze over when exposed to low temperatures. To ensure they won't do that while your motorcycle is stored away, you will need to check on the anti-freeze. For it to provide the service you need it for, it has to be at the right levels and have the right condition. That's why, if you notice it's not at its best, top it off or replace it before putting the motorcycle away.

Wash and Wax the Motorcycle

Dirt can do more damage to your motorcycle than you know, as it can actually eat away at it. For that reason, it is incredibly important that you wash your motorcycle thoroughly before putting it away. While you're at it, be sure to take care of any signs of rust that can affect your motorcycle. It's even suggested that you wax the motorcycle before storing it to keep it in mint condition.

Store It Nicely for the Winter

Last but not least, you need to take a few extra steps to store your motorcycle nicely for the winter. To that end, you should:
  • Store it in a place where it will be protected against the elements (e.g. a garage)
  • Cover it with a tarp to shield it from moisture and bugs
  • Block the exhaust pipe to keep bugs and small animals from getting into it
  • Set the motorcycle on a stand to keep the tires from flattening

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