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12/09/2016

Motorcycle Winter Storage Tips

Unfortunately for motorcycle riders, winter is here. Although the holiday season is loads of fun, putting your motorcycle away because of the cold is not very fun. Even so, it's important that you take the proper steps to keep your motorcycle protected while in storage.

Choose a Storage Space

If you've decided that storing your motorcycle during the cold winter months will be for the best, choosing the proper storage space is your first task. You may want to start by checking if your motorcycle dealer has a storage program. These are ideal because the work that goes into preparing your motorcycle for storage and routine checks during storage are all taken care of by your dealer. They will also have your motorcycle ready to go in the spring, saving you all the trouble associated with maintenance and preparation. If you are planning to store your motorcycle at home, pick a dry space with minimal hazards. An indoor area away from windows will keep your motorcycle protected from sun damage as well as the damage caused by condensation. A proper cover, not a tarp, will help keep moisture and the mildew and mold it causes away from your ride all winter long.

Give Your Motorcycle a Synthetic Oil Change

Although you won't be riding your motorcycle while it's in storage, a fresh oil change will help keep it protected during the season. Old oil can be full of acids caused by combustion, leaving your oil system susceptible to damage. This damage will be internal and harder to detect, so it's best to keep these areas thoroughly protected. Since you're changing the oil, it's also a good idea to replace the oil filter. Be sure to dispose of old oil properly instead of just tossing it. Check with your local auto parts store to see if they have some type of oil recycling program.

Mix in Some Fuel Stabilizer

An empty or near empty fuel tank is bad news when it comes to storing your motorcycle. A less than full fuel tank will allow more moisture to enter your tank, causing rust issues. Before storing your motorcycle, fill up on fuel. Don't forget also to add a fuel stabilizer to keep things in good condition. Without a fuel stabilizer, your fuel can become stale, turning thick and even gummy. This is bad news for your fuel system because the jets and passages in your carburetors can get plugged. After adding the fuel stabilizer to your tank, let your engine run for a few minutes to ensure it gets properly mixed in. Don't store your motorcycle this season without first giving it a synthetic oil change in Canton. Contact AMSOIL Dealer- Jim Allen to find the perfect AMSOIL synthetic oil for your motorcycle. Call them at (877) 777-1645 to place an order or head over to their online shop.

Keep the Battery Charged

As you prepare to store your motorcycle, remember to remove its battery. Keeping the battery connected through the winter will cause it to drain and lose all of its charge. If this happens, you run the risk of damaging the battery to the point where it can no longer hold a charge. After removing the battery, charge it every couple of weeks to ensure it stays in good condition. If you have a conventional battery, check its electrolyte levels. If any cells are low, fill them with distilled water before charging.

Replace Old Fluids

Just like an oil change can help keep your motorcycle's internal parts protected, so can replacing old fluids. This is especially true when it comes to the brake fluid and clutch fluid. Both of these fluids will absorb moisture and cause internal corrosion. To reduce the chance of this happening, have them both replaced before storing your motorcycle. It's also important that you use the right antifreeze to prevent it from freezing in the cold and causing serious damage.

Wash and Protect Your Motorcycle

Although no one will see your motorcycle this season, a proper wash and wax will be necessary before it gets put away. This will help remove any corrosive substances and will provide a layer of protection against rust and corrosion. You can also spray other metal surfaces with a light layer of WD-40 to create a barrier between them and moisture that can cause corrosion. Check out some more tips to help you winterize your motorcycle this season.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change in Canton

Prepare your motorcycle for storage this season with a synthetic oil change in CantonContact AMSOIL Dealer- Jim Allen at (877) 777-1645 or check out their online shop for a full selection of AMSOIL Oil products.
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