My Tips For Winterizing Your Motorcycle
I absolutely hate bringing up the subject of winter, but it will be upon us in the Twin Ports sooner than later. While there is a very small amount of people living up here that don't winterize their bikes because they ride even when there is snow on the ground, most people put them away.
I'm not as hardcore as I used to be, so my bikes get a long winter nap. Now, how you winterize your bike is a subject like what brand of oil to use, everyone has different thoughts. I'm going to go over what I do and has worked for me and my bikes for many years.
Before their winter naps, I don't change the oil unless it's due to be changed. I just have never seen the point as it's not like over a few months, it's going to do any more damage than when it sits in there normally in the summer. Along the lines of oil though, I will make sure any due maintenance is performed before sleepy time. I also make sure the tank is full of premium fuel, with none of that corn BS ethanol in it. I add some form of fuel stabilizer as well and run the bike until I can smell it coming out of the exhaust. Usually I use STA-BIL for helping to keep the fuel fresh.
My bikes also get bathed better than normal as I don't want any bugs or road grime sitting on the paint for a long winter storage. For the batteries, I either pull them and keep them on a battery tinder in my basement or just plug them in directly to the bikes in the garage. That's about all that I do, which isn't much but in my opinion keeping that fuel fresh and not having to buy a new battery because yours drained to the point of no return is enough. How do you winterize your motorcycle?