5 Things to Know About Long-Term Motorcycle Storage

One of the most challenging things about owning a motorcycle is what to do with it when you can’t ride it. If you live in a region that faces particularly harsh winters or you live in New York and don’t want to deal with the parking, you’re going to have to put your bike into storage for months at a time. This doesn’t sound like it should be a problem, but there are a lot of things that people don’t know about long-term motorcycle storage. Here are just five that you should keep in mind when placing your motorcycle in storage.

1. Cold Batteries Will Die

When you put your bike into storage for the winter, don’t forget to tend to the battery. Your motorcycle’s battery will die in the winter if it is exposed to the cold for too long. Even if you’re storing your motorcycle someplace that isn’t particularly cold (like our climate-controlled storage), your battery’s power could still drain slowly. This is especially true of newer motorcycles that experience a slight drain even when the engine is shut off. Either remove your battery and put it someplace where it won’t get too cold, or let it trickle charge while in storage.

2. You Will Need a Tune-Up

Even though you might not be riding your motorcycle for several months, you should still get a tune-up to make sure it will be in optimal riding condition when you take it back out again. Dirty oil can corrode some of the internal components of your motorcycle’s engine, so flush it out and replace it with fresh oil before you put your ride into storage. While you’re at it, don’t forget to replace the spark plugs and lube the chain to save some time once it’s time to ride again.

3. Wash Your Bike

You might think it’s a waste of time to wash a motorcycle that you won’t be riding for months, but too much dirt or water spots can ruin your paint job if you let it sit for too long. Wash the surface of your bike, and consider using a corrosion inhibitor to preserve your bike’s paint job and any plastic or rubber components.

4. Never Leave Your Fuel Tank Half-Full

A half-full fuel tank will cause condensation to form inside the tank, which can potentially damage your carburetors. Before storing your motorcycle, fill it with a non-ethanol gasoline treated with a fuel stabilizer and run the bike for a while. Make sure the carburetors are dry before putting the bike away.

5. Keep Weight Off the Tires

When your motorcycle is kept in storage for a long period of time without suspension or a stand, all its weight will be put on the tires. This is a perfect way to permanently damage your tires, or at the very least ensure that they will be deflated when you take your bike out again. Place your motorcycle on its center stand if it has one. Otherwise, invest in some paddock stands to keep as much weight off your tires as possible.

If you’re looking for a place to store your ride, give us a call! Imperial Self Storage has cheap NYC storage rates and serves all five boroughs!