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The purpose of this article is to provide tips for REDUCING DAMAGE to your motorcycle while it sits in storage for any length of time greater than 60-days.
Things you'll need:
Motorcycle Engine Oil (see your Owner Manual for type and grade)
Oil filter (see your Owner Manual for specific type and size)
Battery Float Charger (NOT a trickle charger)
Gasoline (91 octane or higher)
WD-40 Lubricant (spray)
Plastic shopping bags (such as the ones you get at Walmart)
Thick Rubber bands (large enough to fit around you exhaust pipes)
Wax & Chrome polish
Prior to storage:
Change your oil and oil filter. Doing so prior to storage will remove contaminants that can damage engine seals.
Add Fuel Stabilizer and top off your fuel tank. The more air in your fuel tank means the more moisture that can accumulate, and the more it can rust inside-out.
Remove the battery. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to both the battery posts and the connectors. This will prevent corrosion. Store the battery in a dry cool place, but NOT on concrete/metal surfaces (use a piece of cardboard or wood).
Charge your battery to 100%, then attach a battery FLOAT CHARGER for the duration of storage. Do NOT use a trickle charger or standard battery charger more than 12 hours in any one month period. If you don't have a float charger, get one.
A float charger maintains an existing charged battery. A trickle charger is continuously charging and will damage your motorcycle battery if left charging a fully charged battery.
Spray a few light shots of WD-40 into your muffler pipes. Cover the ends with a plastic bag and seal with a rubber band. This will help prevent moisture from entering the engine block via the exhaust pipes. It also will help prevent interior rusting of your mufflers and exhaust pipes.
Oil all components that need regular servicing such as chain, throttle cables, and springs.
Wash, wax, and polish. Wash your bike to remove all dirt and grime, preventing damage to all surfaces (especially painted). Waxing and chrome polish helps protect against moisture damage (rust).
Use a tire-shine. These are usually silicon based and will help resist moisture and prevent premature ageing.
Cover your bike and store in a dry cool place. Don't cover your stored bike in a high-humidity environment, which accelerates rust.
If possible use a bike stand to lift the bike from the floor. This will help prevent dry-rot & cracking to tires, and alleviate stress from the suspension.
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