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Before the Snow Flies, Protect Your Bike For Winter Storage

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Wash and Wax Your Ride

To protect your bike from damage and corrosion over the winter, wash and thoroughly dry it. Then, put a nice coat of wax on it to prevent moisture from harming the metal. before putting it away for the winter will prevent corrosion and other damage.

Your exhaust pipes can be sprayed with WD-40 to keep them from rusting, and for extra protection, you can stuff a clean towel inside them to keep condensation and mice out.

Lube, Change Oil, Fill All Fluids and Your Gas Tank

Your throttle, shifter, clutch cables and kickstand should be lubed to prevent rust. Be careful not to get any lube on the tires.

Be sure to change your oil and filter plug to avoid having contaminants corrode engine parts.

Make sure all your fluids are clean and full (brake, coolant and clutch). Another option would be to just drain them completely and refill them before you ride again (of course, you always want to follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for fluids. If you live where the weather gets below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, make sure you have antifreeze so the engine doesn’t freeze.

Pump new fuel in the tank, add the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer to protect your carburetor and then let the bike run for 5-7 minutes to let the treated fuel run through.

Remove Your Battery or Charge Monthly

You can remove your battery and place it on a trickle charger until you are ready to ride again. Or, if you choose to leave the battery intact, give it a charge on a monthly basis to keep it fully charged.

Don’t Forget Your Tires

Ideally, you can avoid flat spots or uneven wear by storing with your tires off the ground. If you aren’t able to do that, just fill your tires to the maximum volume recommendation and set your bike on its center stand. Then, on a monthly basis, rotate the front tire.

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