Motorcycle Storage Tips
Posted on: August 8, 2017 | by: admin
When the weather turns cold, you know motorcycle season is coming to a close. While it is most common for motorcycle owners to house their prized possessions in the garage during the off-season, not everyone has enough space to make such a setup work. If your garage or shed does not have space for your motorcycle, consider renting a self-storage unit for the off-season and achieve peace of mind knowing you will not bump into, tip over or otherwise damage your bike.
Video surveillance at the clean, well-monitored properties of Stor-Mor helps motorcycle enthusiasts achieve true peace of mind when they store their bikes for the off-season. When it comes to storing a motorcycle in a storage unit, it is important to choose a storage facility that you can trust. Stor-Mor takes our customer relationships very seriously and works hard to help each and every customer feel at ease at our various facilities throughout Colorado and California.
Motorcycle Storage: Tips and Best Practices
To help get you off on the right foot next year, it is important that you take the proper precautions this off-season. An improperly stored motorcycle might need maintenance or even repairs due to the damage such storing practice can cause. Follow the motorcycle storage tips below to give your bike the head start it deserves heading toward next year’s riding season.
- Follow the Manual: As when storing any vehicle, it is important to follow the instructions in the owner’s manual or consult with your storage facility’s manager before you store your motorcycle for the off-season.
- Ensure You Are Current: Before placing in storage, save yourself a future headache by ensuring that your registration, title, and license plates are current.
- Maintain and Repair: The off-season is a great time to make those necessary repairs or perform regular maintenance, as you do not have to worry about losing any riding time in the process.
- Setup for Success: A piece or wood or a pallet will help keep your motorcycle away from moisture this off-season. Also, keeping your motorcycle off the ground helps keep the tires from deflating.
- Clean and Dry Completely: Give your bike a thorough cleaning before placing in storage. Ensure it is completely clean, then spray WD-40 on every metal surface to help prevent rusting.
- Work in Stabilizer: Add fuel stabilizer to help prep your bike for long periods without riding. Make sure to run the engine for at least 15 minutes to help the stabilizer work through the components.
- Time for an Oil Change: Change the oil now to prevent sludge buildup over the off-season.
- Inflate the Tires: Ensure both tires are properly inflated before storage.
- Cover: Throw a cotton sheet, tarp or blanket on top of your bicycle to help keep it protected through the off-season. Avoid using plastic tarps as these can cause damage to the metal components of your bike.
Following these steps will set your bike up for success next spring! Stor-Mor Self Storage has convenient locations in Colorado and California to help bikers get the storage they need to keep them on the road for years to come. Call or stop by a facility today for more information from one of our storage specialists.