Motorcycle Safety: Winter Storage Tips
If you live in a climate where the temperature starts dropping in October and there’s a chance of snow from November through February, you’ll most likely be thinking about putting your motorcycle away for the winter.
Your motorcycle is an investment of your finances and your time, and it’s important to think about keeping it clean and safe while the weather is cold and snowy. Wherever you may choose to keep it for the winter season, remember these tips from the Foremost Insurance Group and the American Motorcyclist Association:
Clean it Up
Give your bike a good wash and wax and cover it with a breathable cloth cover. This will keep dirt and dust, or other airborne matter in your garage, from settling on your bike.
Gas it Up
Top off your tank and add the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer. Stabilizer prevents your fuel from breaking down and producing a brown residue that can coat your carburetor. Run your engine for a few minutes to circulate the treated gas. Since gas is flammable, do not store a motorcycle with a full tank of gas in an area where there is open flame, pilot lights, sparks or motors.
Change the Oil
Just before you put your motorcycle into storage, change the oil. Used oil that sits in your bike all winter becomes corrosive and can damage your motorcycle’s parts.
Check the Coolant
Since motorcycles are not used in freezing temperatures, many riders overlook the use of coolant. Use a floating-ball device to check if your coolant level is sufficient to resist freezing. If it’s low, always add according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Charge the Battery
Remove your battery, store it at a temperature above 32 degrees and trickle-charge it once a month. If you’re able to run the bike once a month, leave the battery in the bike and disconnect the negative cable end.
Remember the Tires
If you can manage it, store your bike with the motorcycle off the ground. If you can’t do this, make sure the tires are properly inflated, set the bike on its stand and rotate the front tire every so often to avoid flat spots.
By taking the time to properly prepare your motorcycle for storage, you’ll save more time in the spring when you want to take your motorcycle out on the open road.
It’s important that you have the right motorcycle insurance. You need an insurance policy that offers the coverages that are important to your specific bike and lifestyle. Take a look at our coverage options on our motorcycle insurance page, or get a quote.
Important things to look for when choosing a specialized motorcycle insurance policy:
- Safety Apparel Coverage to protect your investment in helmets, leathers, gloves and any other clothing designed to minimize injury in the event of an accident.
- Optional Equipment Coverage for chroming, custom painting, side cars or anything else that was not included as standard by the manufacturer.
- Optional Towing and Roadside Assistance in case your bikes breaks down and can’t be ridden when you’re away from home because you run out of gas, get a flat, or have other mechanical issues.
- Optional Replacement Cost Coverage on bikes purchased new and insured within 30 days.
- Flexible payment plans so you can choose the plan that best fits your budget.
- Deductible and coverage limit options.
- Premium discounts.