Motorcycle Storage

Motorcycle covered and stored away for winter in a garage

10 tips for when putting your bike away

The impact of lockdown restrictions, either regional or national, plus the increase in working from home, riders are more likely to be storing their bike away for longer over winter. Below are some of our top tips to make sure you store your bike the proper way.

However, if you are going to be riding, make sure you check out some of our other expert tips for motorcyclists:

 

 

1. Wash your bike

Sounds obvious, but after that last ride before hibernation, give your bike a really thorough wash. You don’t want to risk any water or salt eating away at the metal. And a clean bike is something that can be admired, whether you're in the garage or out riding.

 

 

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2. Pick a good place to store it and cover up

Make sure you think carefully about where you store your bike – a corner in the back of the garage, away from a common walk-way is a good option as you don’t want people/kids brushing past it or leaning their bikes against it. If a garage is not available, a sheltered spot with a specialised outdoor bike cover will help keep out the elements. Visit Bennetts Rewards for 20% off Motorcycle Covers today.

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3. Use paddock stands - if you can

An excellent option for keeping your bike in a solid, sturdy position and to keep the bike’s weight off its tyres is to use one (or two) paddock stands. If you do not have the luxury of paddock stands, it is not a bad idea to slightly over-inflate your tyres over winter to help them keep their shape. Place an old piece of carpet between the tyre and the ground and move their position every few weeks to avoid flat spots. Just remember to return them to the correct pressures in spring.

 

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Paddock Stands

4. Trickle charge your battery

Batteries hate the cold, which is why winter is such a busy period for recovery services. You can either choose to totally remove the battery from the bike or simply install a connector to the terminals and use a trickle charger to keep it topped up. If it’s possible, go for the trickle option as it means you don’t have to break out the tools every few weeks when you want to start the bike.

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5. Counter corrosion

Exhausts and silencers can start to corrode quite quickly when a bike is not being used so make sure they are properly protected for winter. Before putting your bike away just after final use, (when cool enough to touch) spray a light oil or better still, a specific corrosion protectant such as ACF-50, XCP Rust Blocker, SDoc 100 Corrosion Protectant, ACS TC200 or Scottoiler FS365 into the ends and drain holes, then cover with an open weave cloth or rag to let it breathe.

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Corrosion protectant being sprayed on a red motorcycle

6. Start your engine

Condensation in the air always finds its way into the exhaust pipe, causing it to rot from the inside out, so it is always a good idea to start the bike and give it a good warm up every few weeks. You don’t have to take it out of your garage, (just ensure there is good ventilation) and let it get up to temperature. A good tip is to let it tick over until the fan kicks in; that is more than warm enough. Remember to allow the bike to cool before re-applying corrosion protectants and covering it up again.

7. Top up the fuel

There are two schools of thought when it comes to petrol tanks – full or empty. A full tank will prevent the inside of the tank rusting over winter, however some insist that it is better to drain it completely. A full tank is the best option as long as you start the bike regularly. Modern petrol quickly loses its octane and leaves a gunky mess that can block injectors or carbs if you don’t flush it through by starting the bike up. If you are running the bike’s motor every few weeks, you will be fine.

 

8. Lock it up!

If your bike’s not being used for a while, it’s vulnerable. Fit a good lock (preferably with a ground anchor) and, ideally, an immobilizer/alarm. Check out the series of tests BikeSocial carried out on the top products on the market to see which one may be best suited to you.

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motorcycle chain lock for keeping bikes safe

9. Stay insured

Your motorbike insurance covers you for more than riding, so even if you are off the road for longer than expected you shouldn't cancel it. Thieves are still active at winter and the cold weather can cause roofs to fail. It’s better to be safe than sorry and stay insured, and comprehensive policies will cover your bike if it is stolen or damaged by fire, accidental or malicious damage, with Third Party Fire & Theft (TPFT) policies covering if your bike is stolen or damaged by fire.

At Bennetts, we will search our panel of insurers to find you our best price for the cover you need. Get a quote direct with us today.

10. Do the odd jobs you've been meaning to get done

Finally, remember that spare key you have been meaning to get cut? That hugger you have thought would be a good idea to invest in? The taller screen to make the commute easier? Now the bike is off the road it is a great time to do those jobs that you never get around to doing in summer. 

 

If winter proves just too long and you have the urge to get back on two wheels, make sure you check out our winter motorcycling tips on winter riding and winter bike maintenance.

 

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