Typically, winter weather doesn’t offer the best conditions for motorcycle riding. For this reason, many enthusiasts choose to store their bikes for the season. If you choose to take this route, preventive motorcycle maintenance is necessary to ensure you’re ready for the first perfect riding day of the year. Here are a few steps you should take before stowing your motorcycle.
What Motorcycle Maintenance Is Necessary Before Storing Your Bike for Winter?
1. Change All Fluids
If you’re a regular rider, you’ve probably put a few hundred miles on your bike since its last checkup. During this time, fluid levels have probably dwindled and become less efficient. Before putting your bike in storage, change the oil, coolant, clutch, and brake fluids. This motorcycle maintenance task will prevent any corrosive materials from sitting in the tanks and will ensure your bike is ready to ride come spring.
2. Clean & Lubricate the Chain
Keeping your motorcycle’s chain clean is important for extending its life and performance. The method of cleaning depends on the type of chain that’s used. Plain chains without a seal between links can be cleaned aggressively, but if you have a sealed chain, take a much gentler approach. While removing grime, inspect the sprockets for any wear. Once you’ve finished, thoroughly dry the chain and apply lubrication so it doesn’t stick.
3. Treat the Gas
Moisture buildup in the gas tank is an issue for bikes that sit in storage. To prevent this problem, top off the tank and add a fuel stabilizer. Allow the bike to run for a few minutes to push the stabilizer through the fuel injection system. This helps avoid grime build-up between the parts and keeps the fuel from going bad.
Before putting your bike in storage for the winter, visit G&G Cycles of Roswell for these necessary motorcycle maintenance tasks. The locally owned and operated motorcycle repair shop offers a full suite of preventive services, as well as dealership expertise, to bikers throughout Roswell, GA, and the surrounding areas. They treat every bike that comes through the shop like their own, which is why they're dedicated to offering personalized customer service at affordable prices. To schedule motorcycle maintenance on your Harley Davidson® or metric bike, call the shop today at (678) 680-8483, or visit their website to learn more about their services.