How to Store a Motorcycle Outside

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Not every rider is able to store their bike in a garage or in a shed.

If that’s the case, you’ll want to take some steps to make sure you’re able to store your motorcycle outside safely and securely.

If you need to store your motorcycle for the winter or off-season, check out our page on motorcycle winterization.

Tips for Storing a Motorcycle Outside

There are a few main things you need to worry about when storing your motorcycle outdoors, this includes:

  • Theft.
  • Moisture and rain.
  • Sun.
  • Debris.

If you need to store your motorcycle outside, here are some tips on how to do it properly.

1). Get a good motorcycle cover.

If you store your motorcycle outdoors, a proper cover is a must.

A good cover will not only protect from the elements, but will prevent the bike from getting scratched, allow the cover to breathe to prevent moisture and condensation, and strong enough to stand up to the heat of the exhaust and against tears from sharper points or corners on the bike.

A cover will serve a few purposes.

One, it will protect your bike from the sun’s heat and UV rays. Prolonged exposure here can damage plastic and rubber parts, crack your seat cover, and fade your paint.

Two, it will protect it from rain, debris, bird poop, and anything else that might want to fall onto your bike.

Finally, if you have a particularly desirably or commonly stolen motorcycle, a cover may help to keep prying eyes away from your bike.

There are a few different qualities to look for in your motorcycle’s cover material. These include:

  • Breathable fabric or ventilation to prevent condensation, moisture, and heat build up.
  • Weather-resistant fabric that will stand up to rain, wind, and debris.
  • Tear-resistant fabric that won’t rip when you put the cover on and off.
  • Inner material that won’t scratch your motorcycle’s finish.

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2). Get a motorcycle lock.

While a lock or alarm is not going to prevent against theft 100%, it will add an obstacle for would-be theives.

If you park outside, a good lock can be the difference between whether or not your motorcycle will be there when you get back.

3). Park it in a smart spot.

If you need to store your motorcycle outside, picking a good location is a key part of it.

While a cover and a lock are going to get you most of they way there, picking a good parking spot can help to.

If you park under a tree, you can protect your bike from the rain and sun, but you may be exposing it to bird droppings, leaves, and falling branches.

If you park in a busy spot, chances of someone stealing your bike may go down, but you might run the risk of another car bumping it.

The best location depends. In general, try to find something that:

  • Helps protects your bike from the elements.
  • Is easily visible.
  • Won’t run the risk of other cars hitting your bike when its parked.

Can Motorcycles get Wet?

Yes, it is okay for your motorcycle to get wet.

i.e. If you leave your motorcycle out in the rain one day, it will be alright.

However, prolonged exposure to water and moisture can cause problems.