How to: Store your bike over win­ter

If you’ve no plans to ride, stor­ing your bike right will leave it ready for spring

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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.

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