How to Store Your Motorcycle or ATV for the Winter
It's that time of year again when the leaves change color and the temperature drops. For motorcyclists and ATV enthusiasts, this means it's time to start thinking about how to store your vehicle for the winter.
If you're unsure what to do to prepare your motorcycle or ATV for storage, don't worry! We've put together a list of tips that will help you keep your bike in good condition all winter long.
on Friday, 25 November 2022. Posted in Blog
5 Tips for Storing Your Motorcycle or ATV During Winter
#1 - Clean your motorcycle or ATV thoroughly
Before storing your vehicle, be sure to get rid of any dirt and grime that has built up on the outside, as well as clean any parts of the vehicle that you can access from underneath (such as the exhaust system). This is a vital step not only so the vehicle looks amazing when you take it out next year but
also because dirt and grime can corrode your vehicle over time. This could lead to rust, which can weaken the frame and other parts of the bike. Allowing dirt to remain on the vehicle during storage will also attract pests, which could cause damage to wiring and electrical systems.
#2 - Change the oil and filter
Since your vehicle is going into storage, it'll sit for several months without being used. During this time, the fluids in your vehicle are going to sit, which can lead to it becoming thick and gummy, which can damage your engine. If you can, drain the oil tank completely, wash it out, dry it naturally, and then store it in a dry place, like a Stow It All Self Storage container, and keep it covered. However, if you can't drain the oil completely, replace it first and then store it immediately for the best protection.
Add a fuel stabilizer as well to protect your engine.
#3 - Use a stand
Always store your ATV or motorcycle off the ground on a stand if you can. At least consider taking the wheels off and propping the vehicle up. Letting your ATV or motorcycle sit on the ground will only leave continuous weight on the suspension and will create flat spots in your wheels that need replacing. To prevent this premature wear, use a stand and keep everything suspended off the ground.
#4 - Remove the battery
Removing the battery and putting it in storage is a great way to prolong its life. Make sure you fully charge it before taking it out of the bike, as this will help maintain its health over the winter. Also, store it in a cool, dry place to further reduce any chance of damage.
#5 - Sort out the storage space
It's all well and good to take care of your motorbike and ATV to store it over winter. However, if the space you're storing the vehicle in isn't set up correctly, it can easily get damaged in transit. Make sure you've got a dry storage spot, free from dampness and away from direct sunlight, to ensure your vehicle stays safe throughout the winter months.
Here at Stow It All, we understand the importance of having a properly maintained storage space for these very reasons. This is why we offer self-managed storage facilities of all shapes and sizes; all kept in the best condition to ensure your vehicle is securely and well looked after throughout the winter months. Following these simple tips will ensure that your motorcycle or ATV remains in good condition all winter long. Remember, properly storing and caring for your vehicle will pay off when it's time to hit the road next year! Happy riding - and have a safe and comfortable winter!