As much as we would love to ride our motorcycles all the time it is sometimes not possible. Whether life gets busy, you go on a holiday, Covid 19 stops the world or you just don’t ride that often, your bike can cost you more money left sitting around then when ridden excessively!
We have created a guide to help you safely store your pride and joy. You should start thinking about carrying out the following items after 3 weeks of hibernation. If your battery is strong, a pure batch of fuel and a recently serviced bike then you are in a better position to start off with.
Depending on how serious you are to not use your bike, or to sometimes start it up and rev bomb your neighbors, choose the following topics accordingly…
This applies to road, dirt and ATV motorcycles.
When storing your motorbike you can do one of these two things…
- Drain your tank and run the fuel system dry of fuel or
- Use a stabilizer from your local auto store to prevent damage
If you are running your bike every now and then, drain it and purchase some fresh fuel to maintain its properties. Unleaded fuel does not last forever and in some cases is stale (bad) straight from the bowser. Premium fuels are more harsh on your tank and fuel systems due to the cleaning additives in them. Using 91 Octane fuel if you can while storing your motorbike is advised. We understand some high performance models recommend 98ULP but storing with 91ULP and light riding is fine.
If you have a kickstarter you can skip this part.
Your battery also does not last forever. Even if it is disconnected! It is like that old mobile phone in your draw that was turned off years back. It still needs a charge and is never the same after.
Use or purchase a battery tender/trickle charger. If you have a Lithium ion battery then we recommend you use an approved charger. A nice charge every few weeks will do. We do not recommend connecting and forgetting for safety reasons.
We recommend bike owners invest in stands for their motorcycle. Stands help to elevate your wheels and keep your bike upright. They also keep fluids from being pushed to the left side of the bike when on the side stand.
Keeping your bike in doors and covered is not only safe but also prevents weather damage and deterioration.
Tyres can go hard and crack over time. Some brands more then others, along with weather conditions can play a big part in how long they last.
Keep your tyre pressures pumped up 15% more than your recommended pressure to ensure they keep their shape over time.
With this topic you can carry out as little as oiling your chain and pivot points or as much as greasing your head-stem and suspension bearings, cables, axles, brake pins and electrical connectors.
It really depends on your experience, tooling and time available.
Oil and brake fluid should be fresh and free of condensation. Coolant should be clean and free of rust. If you are using water only (road race) then add an additive like MoCool or use coolant in the interim.
It is important to ensure you service your bike so that your components are protected, everything is set back to default and ready for the next ride!
If you have any questions, need any products mentioned or for us to carry out your hibernation checklist then please contact our team on 93367278 or email email@example.com