How to: Store your bike over winter
If you’ve no plans to ride, storing your bike right will leave it ready for spring
1 Give it a good wash…
If you’re not planning to ride your motorcycle until the roads are salt-free in March then leaving it primed and ready to go will help you maximise your riding time once the weather improves. First you should wash the machine all over with a dedicated motorcycle cleaner, using a brush to get into awkward places. Bodywork can be cleaned with a sponge then rinsed off.
2 … and a blow dry
With the bike cleaned and rinsed it now needs drying because any dampness will accelerate the oxidation process, leaving rust on steel or white powdery deposits on alloys. An air line works best for blasting water from out-of-reach places, but a chamois and soft cloth work just as well. Check for any hidden pockets of moisture in places such as beneath the fuel cap flap and behind the mirror glass.
3 Lube then leave
You should treat your bike’s chain as an individual component with its own cleaning routine, using dedicated chain cleaning products. If it needs adjusting this is a good time to do it so it will be ready to go when you are. Ensure the chain is clean and dry then lubricate it carefully all over. Take your time and give each segment of the chain the same amount of lube.