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How To Prep Your Motorcycle for Storage

As the seasons change or life takes you away from the open road for a while, properly storing your motorcycle becomes essential to maintain its performance and longevity.

Whether it's off-season storage or an extended period of non-use, following these steps will ensure that your two-wheeled companion is ready to hit the road again when the time comes.

Clean Your Motorcycle Thoroughly

Before using motorcycle storage, give it a good, thorough cleaning. Wash away any dirt, mud, or grime from the exterior, including the wheels and undercarriage. Use a motorcycle-specific cleaning product to avoid any damage to delicate parts. After washing, dry the motorcycle with a clean, soft cloth to prevent water spots or corrosion.

Change the Oil and Filter

Used engine oil contains contaminants that can harm your motorcycle's engine during storage. Changing the oil and filter before storage will help prevent the buildup of harmful particles and protect the engine. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for the correct type of oil and filter to use.

Fill Up the Fuel Tank

A full fuel tank minimizes the space for air and prevents moisture from accumulating inside. Adding a fuel stabilizer is also a wise idea to prevent the fuel from breaking down and causing fuel system issues. Run the engine for a few minutes after adding the stabilizer to ensure it circulates through the system.

Disconnect or Remove the Battery

Batteries can drain over time, leading to potential damage or reduced lifespan. If possible, remove the battery from the motorcycle and store it in a cool, dry place. Alternatively, you can disconnect the battery, but be sure to check it regularly and recharge it if needed.

Lubricate Moving Parts

Lubricate all moving parts, such as the chain, cables, and brake levers, with the appropriate lubricants. This will help prevent rust and corrosion during storage. Additionally, applying a thin coat of wax to the metal surfaces can provide an extra layer of protection.

Inflate the Tires

Properly inflated tires help prevent flat spots and reduce stress on the sidewalls during storage. Refer to your motorcycle's manual for the recommended tire pressure and check them before putting the bike away.

Elevate the Motorcycle

If possible, elevate your motorcycle off the ground using a motorcycle stand or paddock stand before putting it in motorcycle storage. This will prevent the tires from coming into contact with cold concrete, which can cause damage over time.

Cover It Up

Invest in a high-quality motorcycle cover to protect your bike from dust and moisture. Ensure the cover is breathable and fits snugly over your motorcycle. Avoid using plastic or non-breathable materials that can trap moisture and cause corrosion.

Find the Right Motorcycle Storage Location

Choose a motorcycle storage location that is dry, cool, and free from extreme temperature fluctuations. A dedicated storage unit with climate control is ideal. Avoid leaving your motorcycle outdoors, as exposure to the elements can lead to significant damage.

Perform Regular Check-ups

Even during storage, it's essential to visit your motorcycle regularly for a quick inspection. Check for any signs of moisture, pests, or damage. Start the motorcycle occasionally to keep the engine and other components in good working order.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your motorcycle remains in top condition during its time in storage. When the riding season returns, your bike will be ready to hit the road with you, offering the same exhilarating experience you've come to love. Happy riding!

Keep Your Ride Safe With Midgard Self Storage

Our secure and climate-controlled facilities provide the ideal environment to keep your two-wheeled companion safe while it's not in use. With 24/7 access and a wide range of unit sizes available, Midgard Self Storage is here to meet all your motorcycle storage needs.

Don't let storing your motorcycle be a hassle—trust Midgard Self Storage to keep it safe and sound until you're ready for the open road again.