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6 Surefire Ways to Protect Your Ride This Winter


Say it ain’t snow! Winter will be here soon enough and you’re not going to want to leave your motorcycle out in the cold. Rest easy knowing there are steps you can take now to prepare your favorite ride for winter’s fury to ensure it’s ready to go cruising once the snow melts and flowers blossom in the spring.

1: Give Your Bike a Good Cleaning

Using a gentle wash detergent and warm water, wipe down the surface of the bike to wash away grime and insects. This will help preserve the finish of the bike. As you’re cleaning, avoid spraying water directly into the muffler, which may result in internal rust.

Step 2: Change the Oil and Filter

After your bike is clean, change the oil as well as the filter. Fresh oil is easier on the bike’s lubrication system than old oil sitting inside for the winter season.

Step 3: Add Lube to Moving Parts

Moving parts of your bike need lubricated to prevent it from moisture buildup, rusting, or binding. Check parts such as cables, controls, chain drive, and more.

Step 4: Safeguard the Battery

Batteries that remain connected to the bike may self-discharge over winter. A solution to this is connecting the battery to a battery tender. This keeps the battery topped off without overcharging.

Step 5: Keep Your Gas Tank 90% Full

Keeping your gas tank full---between 90% to 95%---helps prevent condensation from forming during the winter. If you’re worried about gas going stale, there are products available that can help preserve fuel for up to a year. Keep in mind that if your bike has a carburetor, it’s critically important to drain the float bowls before storage.

Step 6: Cover it up Until Spring Arrives

The last step is to cover your bike until you’re ready to remove from storage. Not all bike covers are created equal, so consider indoor/outdoor, the size of the cover, and more.

Witchdoctor can help winterize your bike before the snowy season arrives. Give us a call or stop by our shop to learn more.

Sources:Bike Bandit BikeBandit.com Jalopnik.com

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