STORING YOUR MOTORCYCLE
If you anticipate that your bike is going to be sitting around
for longer than a month, there are preventative maintenance actions
you can take to help protect your bike from deterioration. This will
help your bike maintain its value so when it comes to sell, you
get the best price.
Clean the motorcycle
Never miscalculate the impact that grime, dirt and grease can
have on a bike. A clean, polished motorcycle will withstand the
elements of storage better than one that is not taken care of. Also,
consider investing in a good motorcycle cover. Learn more about
Drain the fuel tank, fuel lines, and carburetor float bowl(s)
Gas is extremely corrosive and will destroy your fuel system if
left sitting around. If for any reason you must leave gas in your
tank for an extended period of time, make sure that you use a fuel
If your bike has a metal gas tank, remove the empty tank and
dispense a cup of engine oil into the tank. Turn the tank over to
ensure that you thoroughly coat all inner surfaces and drain off all
extra oil. Once you are done, reinstall the tank.
Take the spark plugs off
Pour around one tablespoon of engine oil into the spark plugs'
holes. Once this is done, reinstall the spark plugs. With the
ignition off, kick the engine over several times to be certain that
all of your cylinder walls are coated with oil.
Remove the drive chain
Use a solvent to clean the chain thoroughly. Also, use chain
lubricant to lubricate the chain. Either store the chain in a
plastic bag or container, or reinstall the chain.
Lubricate all pivot points and control cables
Make sure you hit every nook and cranny.
Take the battery out and place it on a trickle charger
Make sure you store your battery in dry, cool area. Never store
your battery in a place that is excessively cold or hot.
Raise both wheel off the ground by blocking up your bike
Use your center stand if you have one.
Take enough air out of your tires so that only 15psi is left
Tie a plastic bag over the exhaust pipe outlet(s)
Doing so will help prevent moisture from entering your exhaust.
A good idea would be to buy an exhaust plug available at any
motorcycle dealership. You can try the
Superstore for exhaust plugs.
Coat your bike with oil if...
If your bike is going to be stored in salt-air or humid
atmosphere coat your bike with oil. Never apply oil to any rubber
parts or your seat cover.
It is very important that you kick your bike's engine over, with the
ignition off, several times every 15 — 20 days. This will
redistribute oil to all moving parts. If you bike does not have a
kick starter try turning the rear wheel with the bike in gear.
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