Winterize Your Motorcycle Guide
Posted on October 31 2018
How To, How Come, & With What: A Guide to Winterizing your Motorcycle
As with anything on a motorcycle, there are many ways to get the job done, but here is a brief, short version of our preferred way of winterizing your motorcycle and prepping it for winter storage. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
>> Change Oils & Filters
How to: Run bike to operating temperature, let it stand for 5 minutes. Drain oils. Change filter. Fill oil to dipstick/manual specifications
How Come: Contaminates in used oil create an acidic etch
With What: Oil, Filter.
>> Lube Your Shit
Things to Lube: Cables, clutch & throttle, chain, jiffy/center stand, forks above seals.
With What: Chain Lube, Cable Lube, Cable Lube Tool
>> Stabilize Fuel
How to: Fill gas tank with fresh gas, high octane, add sta-bil
How Come: Ethanol phase separation
With What: Fuel & Sta-bil
>> Protect The Heart
How to: Idle around 2k RPM, spray fogging oil into intake. Kill bike. Remove plugs. Coat cylinders for 5 sec. Keep battery on tender for winter.
How Come: Prevents rusting internally. Keeps battery charged.
With What: Seafoam Fogging Oil & Battery Tender
>> Clean The Goods
How to: Wash bike. Dry thoroughly. Wax.
How Come: Dirt and bugs can cause corrosion / oxidation of exposed metal or damaged the paint.
With What: Bike wash & Poly wax
Below is the handout from our Winterization Workshop held in the fall.