Winterize & Store a Motorcycle

Winterize & Store a Motorcycle

If you live somewhere with cold winters or anything other than year-round riding seasons, you’ll want to winterize and store your bike properly in the off-season.

Proper motorcycle storage will ensure you’re back up and riding as soon as possible when the weather warms.

How to Winterize a Motorcycle

The biggest thing you’ll need to take care of is the gas in the tank and the carbs. Overtime, gas will go bad and gunk up your carbs. That’ll cause a lot more downtime when the off-season is finished.

To winterize your motorcycle:

  • Add fuel stabilizer to your gas tank and run the engine so the stabilizer gets through the carburetors.
  • Fill the gas tank all the way with oxygenated gas and add the proper mix of stabilizer.
  • Turn off the petcock and drain the carbs completely.
  • OR remove all gas from the tank and add some gas-soluble oil to coat the inside of the tank to prevent any rust from forming.
  • Remove the battery and add distilled water to top it off if necessary.
  • Clean the battery and battery area with a water & baking soda mix.
  • Keep the battery charged throughout the winter by charging it at least once a month.

Other Good Steps When Winterizing a Motorcycle

Some other good steps to take to fully winterize your motorcycle for storage include:

  • Washing and waxing the bike.
  • Changing the oil and oil filter.
  • Change all other oil – fork oil, brake fluid, etc.
  • Remove spark plugs and add about a tablespoon of engine oil down each spark plug hole. Turn the engine over a few times and replace the spark plugs.
  • Cover your motorcycle with a breathable cover. Not a plastic tarp that will trap moisture.
  • If possible, keep the bike indoors.
  • Once a month, turn the engine over a few times.
  • Keep the bike out of direct sunlight as to avoid any paint fading.

That’s all there is to it. With proper motorcycle winterization and storage, you’ll be back to riding in no time once the winter is over.