We’ve been hearing the roaring of the motorcycles through the roads these last few months and weeks - it’s been a beautiful summer and fall, perfect for cruising around.
As the fall air continues to turn cooler and we start to think about winter, the calls for motorcycle storage and car storage start up and there’s lot of questions. We often joke that people treat their fancy cars and motorcycles like another child!
Read on for solid tips on keeping your motorcycle protected from the elements and why motorcycle storage is a must-have!
Check Your Insurance
Speak with your insurance provider to ensure continued coverage based on your specific policy. You may not be riding your motorcycle, but you still want to make sure you are protected.
Never store a dirty or wet bike. This is common sense, but a lot of people will take their motorcycle out for a ride and drive over wet, salty roads and then store it away for the winter. This is a disaster. You do not want this sitting on your bike. Make sure your motorcycle is totally dry before you store it, and ask your dealer for recommended waxes or polishes to further protect your bike.
Drain the Gas
Make sure you drain the fuel from your motorcycle before you store it. This will protect the bike (and the self storage unit in case anything leaks!).
Do an Oil Change
Old dirty oil is not good for your bike whether you’re riding it or storing it. An added bonus is that when your ready to ride again coming spring, you’re oil is clean, and it’s one thing you can cross off your checklist to do to get your bike road-worthy again.
Talk to your dealer about how to protect your battery. They may recommend you remove the battery while in storage and reattach when you take it out of storage. It’s important to pay attention to this so that when you want to visit your motorcycle, it’s ready for you. Nothing ruins a planned ride more than unanticipated interruptions.
Use a Stand
A motorcycle stand will stop your ties from getting flat spots because the weight won’t be on the tires. This is more important if you’re parking your bike for the whole winter season. A motorcycle stand also helps your suspension too. If you don’t want to invest into a stand, using something with some cushioning, like a carpet, or foam squares, will also help.
Store Inside If You Can
Storing your motorcycle in an enclosed storage space is best because it keeps it out of sight from peering eyes and damaging UV rays onto your paintwork.
If Outside, Cover It
If you have to store your bike outside, then make sure you cover it securely with the right type of motorcycle cover. There are many special covers (even shaped for your bike) that are made from breathable material. These covers will help prevent moisture and help protect it from scratches and dust, and even vermin who like to find ready-made homes over the long cold winter. Just throwing a standard tarp or sheet over it (or one that is filled with tears and holes), is not going to give your bike the protection is needs.
What's the Best Storage Option for Your Motorcyle this Winter?
Definitely, the best route for your motorcycle is an indoor or drive-up self storage unit. The good news is that we have those, and you can rent a self-storage unit for your motorcycle right from our website. We make motorcycle storage smooth and easy. We also pride ourselves on our security, affordability, customer service, and our 24/7 access. We’re proud of our self-storage facilities, and encourage you see for yourself by taking an online tour our Milton self storage facility or Woodstock self storage facility, or any of our self-storage units on YouTube.
And as an added bonus, our locations are close to some very nice roads that will let you take your bike for a spin.
If you’re in need of motorcycle storage in Milton or motorcycle storage in Woodstock, text, call or email us!
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