During the summer months, few would disagree that there is nothing better than taking to the road and allowing the wind to sift through your hair on your motorcycle.
Unfortunately, for most people at least, these are vehicles that are pretty seasonal. Sure, some people might use them all-year round but on the whole, they are used during the warmer periods of the year.
It’s during the “off-season” that you need to be particularly careful with motorcycles, with a whole host of problems creeping into them courtesy of the effects of winter. This is going to be the topic of today’s post, as we take a look at several winter care tips you should abide by when it comes to your bike.
Find a suitable place to store your bike
First and foremost, your bike needs a place to live for the next few months. If you are to leave it outside, we all know the effects that the weather can have. Any prolonged sunlight can cause paint and leather to fade, while we don’t need to say much else about water damage.
As such, you need an alternative. Safestore have various storage options that you can consider, or if any of you have a secure garage this is another suitable solution. In short, it’s about protecting your bike from the perils of the weather, whilst also keeping one eye on security.
…And that leads us onto your tires
We’ve just spoken about storage, but whatever decision you take with your bike, be very cautious of how you position it in relation to the tires.
One of the big mistakes that a lot of bike owners make is that they place all of their weight on the tires during the prolonged periods they aren’t using it (i.e., they simply stand it on both wheels). When you start to do this, you are encouraging flat spots and over time these will result in you needing new tires.
Instead, pump up your tires and try and find a center stand to place your bike on. Even better, keep checking in on your bike and rotating the tire to avoid those dreaded flat spots.
Replace any old oil
Over time, oil is something that can start to deteriorate quite substantially. This can have terrible effects on your bike and in some cases your engine will start to corrode.
The advice here is therefore simple; change your oil just before you store your bike away for winter, and you’ll avoid all such concerns.
Winter metal damage is too common
Even if you have stored your bike away for the winter, it will probably attract moisture of some variety. Sometimes, this will be water that has worked its way into the exhaust pipe, while on other occasions it might be more recent moisture.
Regardless, you need to eliminate it as quickly as possible. As we all know, water causes corrosion, so arm yourself with a clean towel and try and soak up any moisture that might be hidden away in your bike.