If you're planning to take an extended break from riding your motorcycle during the winter months, putting it in storage (at an outlet such as Campbell Creek Mini Storage Ltd) is a great way to get the bike temporarily out of your way. However, you can't just park it in storage as it is, or you may come back to find that your bike has rusted or deteriorated during the months that you weren't using it. Here are some tips that will help you protect your bike while it's in storage, so that you can go right back to riding when you're ready to get back to the bike.
Change the Oil and Clean the Carburetors
If you leave your bike parked for several months while it's full of old oil and dirty carburetors, you may find when you return that the oil tank is full of sludge and the carburetors are thick with gunk. That will be a mess to clean up, and it will be that much longer before you're back on your bike. Empty out the old oil, replace it with new, clean oil, and freshen up the carburetors before you take it to storage. That way, it will be ready to go when you are.
Give it a Good Wash
You may not think that you need to wash the bike, since nobody will be looking at it for the next couple of months. But if you leave grit and road dirt on your bike while it's in storage, the debris can slowly destroy the bike's finish, and you'll need a new paint job by the time you return to pick up the bike. Do yourself a favor and clean the bike till it shines before you put it in storage, then purchase a cover that you can use to protect it from dust.
Fill up the Gas Tank
A partially full gas tank is an invitation for rust to form on the inside of your tank. Fill the tank to capacity, and add a gas stabilizing chemical. Then run the bike for a few minutes to let the chemical work its way through your fuel system.
Cover the Mufflers and Remove the Battery
To rodents and bugs, your mufflers look like a cozy warm place to ride out the winter. Thwart any uninvited guests in your storage space by wrapping the mufflers with plastic bags and securing the bags with rubber bands.
Sitting inactive in storage is bad for your battery. Remove it from the bike and hook it up to a trickle charger. That will ensure that a low charge will be constantly streaming into your battery while it's in storage. When you're ready to get back on your bike, the battery will be fully charged and ready to go.
When you're finished preparing the bike, cover it with a fitted motorcycle cover. These small steps will ensure that your motorcycle stays in great shape while you ride out the winter.