2 Things You Should Know About Motorcycle Storage

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2 Things You Should Know About Motorcycle Storage

26 December 2017
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You will probably need to think about storage for your bike during work or leisure travel or in the winter. If you don't have space in your home, alternative storage solutions can come in handy. Finding the right storage unit and preparing your motorcycle for long-term storage is pivotal to ensuring your bike remains in good condition. Read on to learn more. 

1. Choosing a storage unit

Motorcycles should not be stored outside for long periods; the leather and paint can get damaged in sun, while moisture can cause rusting in various parts. Depending on how long you intend to store the bike, you can negotiate for short-term storage agreements which will be cheaper than month-on-month or week-on-week payment options.

Look for self-storage units with climate-control facilities. Temperature and humidity should be controlled to prevent rusting. Also, select a unit with drive-up access so that you can easily load and unload onto the vehicle. Security features like surveillance cameras, individual alarms for units, onsite management and strong gates are also important. Finally, find out about access times depending on when you need to access the bike.

2. Protecting your motorcycle

The storage unit will probably require you to show it's in running condition, among other things (find out in advance). Before taking your bike there invest in a fitted and breathable cover to protect it from moisture, grime and dirt.

Next, ensure that the bike is well preserved by doing the following:

  • Engine – change oil and filters to preserve the engine during disuse. Fill up the petrol tank to full (not beyond), and then add fuel stabiliser which prevents the fuel from building moisture or deteriorating.

  • Pipes – protect muffler ends, drain holes and exhaust pipes by spraying silicone-based lubricant which prevents rusting on exposure to moisture. You can keep out moisture by covering muffler holes with a plastic bag.

  • Battery – you should take out the battery before storing the bike. Meanwhile, charge the battery weekly so that it doesn't run flat. Allowing the battery to run flat can reduce its lifespan and performance.

  • Fluids – if you haven't changed your hydraulic and brake fluids in a while, please do so before storing. Old fluids are likely to absorb moisture and corrode bike parts over time.

  • Tyres – ensure your tyre pressure is properly filled and then pump them occasionally throughout the storage period. This prevents the rubber from freezing up (in winter) and cracking. Keep your bike on wooden planks to keep them from the ground during storage.

Finally, before taking your first ride after storage, check your fluid levels, battery and tyre pressure and ensure everything is okay. Be careful on your first ride, checking for any anomalies before setting off on a long trip using the bike.