One common reason people use our climate-controlled self-storage is for storing a motorcycle over the winter. If you don’t have a garage to store your motorcycle, you risk exposing it to elements that it won’t be able to withstand. That being said, even if you’re putting your motorcycle in climate-controlled self-storage, you should still prepare it for long-term storage by winterizing it. Today in the Affordable Family Storage blog, we give you tips for winterizing a motorcycle.
First, to get off any dirt and grease, you should give your motorcycle a good cleaning. Finishing off the cleaning with some WD-40 will help to prevent rusting and keep everything well lubricated.
Fuel can degrade and gum up your system if it isn’t cared for. Instead of letting that fuel just sit in your system, you need to put stabilizer in it and make sure it keeps your fuel from going bad. After you add the stabilizer, make sure to run the engine for a bit to make sure it circulates and distributes through the system. Also, if you have a carburetor, make sure you drain your float bowls.
Just like your fuel, oil can degrade if it’s just left sitting for too long. It’s best to put some fresh oil in there before putting it in self-storage.
If you have a liquid cooling system, make sure your antifreeze isn’t low. If it’s been awhile since you replaced your antifreeze, you may want to drain, flush, and replace the old stuff.
The best thing you can do for your battery is just remove it before putting it in self-storage. You can get a battery tender and plug it in at your home, which will keep it at proper power levels through the duration of your motorcycle's storage period.
Whether you’re storing a motorcycle or a whole house worth of stuff, Affordable Family Storage has a self-storage solution for you. We have a variety of storage units in different sizes. We also offer both conventional and climate-controlled self-storage units. If you’re not sure what size storage unit you need, simply use our handy storage calculator to find out. For more information, or if you have any other questions that we haven’t answered here, feel free to contact us today. A friendly member of our staff will be happy to help you out in any way possible.