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Winterizing Your Motorcycle

While feeling the wind on your face is probably one of your favorite things about having a motorcycle, if that wind is a little bit too cold, the experience may not be as enjoyable. With Idaho Falls getting pretty chilli in Winter, you may want to put your motorcycle away to protect it from the elements while the temperatures aren't ideal. For a few tips on how to do just that, continue reading.

How to Winterize Your Motorcycle

Take Care of the Fuel

Since you probably won't be making much use of your motorcycle during the winter season, you should take care of its fuel and the whole fuel system. This is because, that fuel can go stale and stop working as expected (and can even cause damage to your motorcycle's components), meaning you won't be able to use your motorcycle right away when the temperature increases once again. To ensure that old fuel won't wreck your motorcycle, you will need to add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank.

Change the Oil and Filter

As you may be aware, changing your motorcycle's oil on a regular basis (once or twice a year) is extremely important to ensure your engine will continue running strong and smoothly. So, since you're already making an effort to winterize your motorcycle, why not take advantage of that and change the oil and oil filter in it as well? To change the oil in your motorcycle, make sure to turn it on for a couple of minutes to warm it up, so it has a more liquid consistency and is easier to drain out.

Consider Removing the Battery

Something you should keep in mind is the motorcycle's battery. As you know, it is the one responsible for providing your machine the power it needs. Without a functional battery, your motorcycle simply wouldn't run. If you don't want this less-than ideal scenario to present itself, you should consider removing the battery while the motorcycle is in storage, so it doesn't waste away. Doing so will save you time and money on fixing or replacing the battery.

Think About the Anti-freeze

Now that it's getting colder outside, it's crucial that you take into consideration your motorcycle's anti-freeze. As its name states, the anti-freeze prevents freezing in the fluids in your motorcycle, which is why it's especially important during this time of year. If you don't want your motorcycle and its fluids to suffer while they're in storage, check the anti-freeze levels and condition before putting it away. If you think the situation calls for it, top it off or replace it as needed.

Clean the Motorcycle Thoroughly

Lest you want to find your motorcycle dirty and completely disgusting when the time to ride it once more comes around, it's highly recommended that you clean it thoroughly before you store it for the winter season. Failing to do so can actually be quite detrimental, since the motorcycle's paint job will run the risk of fading away or corroding thanks to the filth that could be on it (dead insects, water, dirt, and more).


Store It Nicely for the Winter 

 Finally, you should learn how to store your motorcycle properly so it doesn't suffer when the weather outside is frightful. To that end, it's recommended that you store it in a garage or somewhere it will be protected from the elements. Likewise, you should put a cover over it with to shield it even more from dust, bugs, and moisture. As a final tip, you should set your motorcycle on a stand to protect the tires and keep them from flattening while the motorcycle is at a standstill.

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