How To Winterize A Motorcycle in 9 Simple Steps

You cannot use your motorcycle during many winter months due to the ice roads. Thus, not operating for a long time increases the risk of damage, and each repair bill can cost you an arm and a leg.

Winterizing your motorcycle is the best way to preserve it. Yet, do you know how to winterize a motorcycle at home? It is not so challenging. Let’s follow our instructions in this article to do it quickly!

Why Do We Need To Winterize A Motorcycle?

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If you do not winterize the motorbike, it may suffer from many issues as the spring comes. These problems include deposits forming in the fuel and gas system, a brittle chain, sludged oil, flat tires, and a frozen or dead battery.

Deposits Developed In The Fuel System

When gasoline isn’t cycled and used frequently, it can degrade fast.

The chemical composition of gas changes when exposed to oxygen. As a result, the gas will deposit gum and varnish in addition to vaporizing upon contact with oxygen.

The deposits will accumulate at the bottom of the gasoline tank, clogging both your carburetor and fuel lines.

Sludged Oil

Used or partially used oil will degrade more quickly than new oil. You risk leaving your motorcycle with a clogged engine if you let the used oil stay in your engine for many months.

Brittle Chain

The chain’s links might become crusty and brittle due to a lack of cleaning and lubrication, which would increase the likelihood that the chain would rust.

Cracked And Flat Tires

Tires are designed to endure both changes in temperature and pressure. So the rubber of a motorbike becomes brittle when it is left to stand idle.

When it gets brittle, random cracks may begin to appear and cause deflation. As a result, the tire will show flat patches after laying on the floor for months on end.

A Dead/Frozen Battery

The battery isn’t receiving a normal charge while a motorcycle stays idle for a time. Thus, a battery that has lost its charge may freeze if it becomes too cold.

How To Winterize A Motorcycle

Preparation:

  • Lubricant
  • Oil and oil filter
  • Fuel stabilizer
  • Transmission, brake, clutch fluids
  • Antifreeze
  • Cleaning products
  • WD-40
  • Motorcycle wax
  • Tire pressure gauge

Step-By-Step Instructions:

1. Change The Oil And Filter

Before storing your motorbike for the winter, make sure you change the filter and the oil. In addition to safeguarding the engine and lubrication engine while in storage, fresh oil can aid in the prevention of corrosion.

Apply a thin layer of oil to the pistons and cylinder walls if you want to store your motorcycle for more than four months. If you want to do that, take out the spark plugs and drop some oil into the plug holes. Give the engine a couple of turns to coat it evenly. Replace the spark plugs after that.

2. Apply Lubricant To Bike Parts

Lubricating motorcycle parts can prevent corrosion and damage during the winter.

Before you apply lubricant to the chain, ride your bike for a short trip. It makes the chain become warm to help lubricant absorption quicker.

3. Fuel Treatment

While your motorcycle is in storage for the winter, empty gas tanks can corrode. You might wish to empty the gas tank and fog the interior with oil to prevent rust damage. Then, add a gasoline stabilizer and fill the gas tank to roughly 90% capacity to lessen the chance of damage.

4. Change The Fluid

Applying the antifreeze is essential to avoid ruining the cooling system if you live in a country with a harsh winter.
Moreover, you might change the brake, clutch, and transmission fluids to protect internal pipes and systems. Remember not to put water in the antifreeze since it will make the motorcycle turn to ice and destroy it.

5. Clean The Motorcycle

Before storing your motorbike, don’t let dirt, insects, or wet spots build up since this can cause paint and finish deterioration. Thus, give your motorcycle a thorough cleaning and allow it to dry fully.

Add a layer of wax to prevent corrosion and moisture buildup, then spray WD-40 on all metal parts. Also, use leather care cleaning solutions to clean any leather components, such as saddlebags, seats, or handlebars.

5. Pack The Pipes

Spray some WD-40 at the end of the exhaust pipe to keep moisture away and prepare it for cold temperatures. Then, pack the pipes with plastic bags, old clothing, or wash plugs to prevent vermin from entering your bike.

Remember to remove the stuffing from your exhaust pipes in the spring.

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6. Preserve The Battery

Your motorcycle’s battery may lose its charge over time, especially if it has been in long-term storage. Removing the battery from the bike, filling it with distilled water, and keeping it indoors or in a dry garage may prolong its life and prevent it from freezing.

7. Take Care Tires

Motorcycle tires can become flat while sitting still during the colder months. You can invest in a specific stand to prevent flat tires or relocate the motorbike every few weeks.

Additionally, ensure the tires have the right quantity of air by regularly checking their pressure. Avoid keeping the motorbike on bare concrete by putting it on carpet tiles or plywood to prevent it from water.

8. Find The Right Place For StorageĀ 

Finally, you should look for a place to keep your motorcycle during the harsh winter. You can think about indoor or outdoor car storage solutions, provided that it is dry, depending on your area and the sort of motorcycle you have.

Conclusion

Have you got all the steps of how to winterize a motorcycle? This preservation is essential for your motorcycle in the off-season. Otherwise, you might end up with a big cost of reparation. Remember that proper maintenance is always cheaper and saves more time than repairing.

Keep following our blogs for more helpful instructions and tips for riding motorcycles!

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