How to Winterize Your Scooter/Motorcycle

Winter bike storage suppliesAlthough we’ve been lucky with a mild winter so far (knock on wood), you might have stopped riding your scooter or motorcycle or at least have been riding it less.  In this off season, it’s important to take care of your bike by properly winterizing it.  Winterizing your bike isn’t that hard or complicated.  Here are some quick tips on getting your bike through the winter.

1. Keep the battery charged using a Battery Tender.
A Battery Tender keeps your battery charged while you’re not using it.  It’s an inexpensive solution to keep your battery fully charged and your bike ready to go when you’re ready to take it out again.  There’s nothing more disheartening to have a dead battery on a fluke 70-degree day that’s perfect for riding.

2. Add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank.
Adding a fuel stabilizer like StarTron Enzyme Fuel Treatment to your gas tank will help prevent the fuel from breaking down and causing problems when you try to get your bike going again.

3. Store your bike away from the elements.
If you can, keep your bike in the garage and out from the elements.  The winter can be harsh with the snow, ice, and salt ice-melters.  If you don’t have a garage or access to one, our shop offers storage year ’round in a climate-controlled environment. If you must keep your bike outside, it’s a good idea to cover it with motorcycle/scooter cover.  However, it’s a good idea every once in awhile to uncover the bike to let it breathe and let any moisture evaporate.  It’s also imperative to secure your bike – people might take notice to the fact that your bike hasn’t moved in awhile and that might make it more tempting to steal.

Even if it’s not winter, it’s a good idea to follow these tips anytime your bike is not in use for a month or more.  Stop by the shop to pick up any of these supplies or give us a call if you’re interested in storing your bike.

Follow these tips and you should be ready to go in the Spring or even on one of those fluke 70-degree days.


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