If you take the right steps to properly store and winterize your scooter, it will last longer, stay in better condition, and have a lower risk of being stolen.
Use the tips on this page to store your scooter the right way.
Whenever you’re not going to be riding for a while, it’s a good idea to take the time to make sure your scooter is stored properly. This will ensure it will be ready to ride again when it’s time.
How to Store your Scooter
You should have a standard routine for storing your scooter under normal conditions (i.e. parking it overnight or over the weekend), and you should take a few extra steps when storing your scooter for the winter (more on that below).
Normal scooter storage is fairly straightforward.
For normal storage, a few simple steps will help keep your scooter in good running condition and help prevent theft.
First, you should find a secure place to park it.
The best place is in a secure garage that’s protected from the elements.
If you don’t have that luxury, somewhere that is sheltered is still good.
Investing in a quality cover will help keep your seat and paint in good condition too – whether you park the scooter indoors or outdoors.
If you’re able to do so, installing a chain lock or brake lock can further prevent theft.
Wherever you leave your scooter for longer periods of time – be it overnight or over the weekend – you should choose a location that would make it harder for a thief to steal it. This could include places that have high visibility, a security system, or are well lit.
Next, we’ll cover some steps to take when you need to store your scooter over the winter or for longer periods of time.
How to Winterize your Scooter
If you live in a place where it snows or becomes too cold to ride your scooter, you’ll want to take some extra steps to winterize it.
When you are getting ready to store your scooter over the winter, a good maintenance routine is in order. Before parking and leaving it, you should:
- Clean and wash the scooter of any dirt, grime, and debris.
- Change the oil.
- Inspect the brake fluid.
- Top off the tank and add a fuel stabilizer, and make sure to run it through the carbs.
- Cover the exhaust pipe to prevent any critters from turning your scooter into their winter home.
First, you’ll need to choose a good location to keep your scooter over the winter.
The ideal set up would be protected from the elements (wind, snow, water, etc.) and insulated from extreme temperatures.
A quality cover is also a good idea for winter storage.
Next, you’ll need to get in the habit of maintaining the scooter’s battery. Scooter batteries get charged when you ride it around under normal conditions.
During the winter, you’ll need to use a trickle charger to maintain the battery’s levels so that the cells don’t degrade and it will be ready to ride when the weather warms up.
If you are unable to store your scooter indoors or somewhere warm, it may be a good idea to remove the battery to keep it in a warmer location with a trickle charger at least once a week or so.
Place your scooter on its center stand or a jack, and make sure that the tires are properly inflated.
Throughout the winter, you should be sure to:
- Check the tires for proper inflation.
- Make sure there isn’t any moisture or debris building up on the scooter.
- Run the scooter every so often or trickle charge the battery.
And with that, your scooter should be ready to ride when winter’s over.