A motorcycle is a great way to get around during warm and dry weather. But, it is not recommended to take a motorcycle out for a ride in snowy, rainy or cold weather. Motorcycles should be stored in proper conditions to keep them protected during the off-season months. Renting a self storage unit is a perfect motorcycle storage solution if you don’t have enough room to store a motorcycle in your garage (or don’t have a garage) during the winter months. You can find storage tips specific to your bike in your owner’s manual. It is important to read and follow the instructions in the owner’s manual or consult with your storage facility manager before storing your motorcycle or any vehicle.
Motorcycle Storage Tips
There are some basic steps that need to be completed to make sure that you properly prepare your motorcycle for storage. Following these steps will allow the motorcycle to be ready for the spring riding season in no time!
Before you place the motorcycle in storage, make sure that your registration and license and insurance are up-to-date. It will be necessary to provide proof of insurance when you rent your storage unit.
If you are planning on storing a motorcycle in a garage or a storage unit, consider storing it off of the floor. Place the motorcycle on a pallet or piece of wood. Doing so will help protect the tires from deflating during storage.
Before storing, change the oil. This will remove the excess sludge and dirt in the engine and will allow easier start-up of the motorcycle when removing from storage.
Clean the motorcycle and then completely dry it before placing in storage. Spray protective oil on every metal surface of the motorcycle to help prevent rusting.
If possible, remove the battery from the motorcycle and store in a warm dry space.
Check the tires to make sure that they are properly inflated when you place the motorcycle in storage.
Cover the motorcycle while it is in storage. Do not use a plastic cover as this will allow moisture to be trapped under cover and cause damage to the metal surfaces. Use a cotton tarp, sheet or blanket as a covering.
Check your self storage facility’s rules and regulations before storing.