As the weather turns for the worst, you will start to take the necessary precautions when it comes to your recreational vehicles. The best option to keep your motorcycle in pristine condition is to store it in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. To help you in preparing your bike for storage we have gathered some preparations you should take in order to better protect your bike for its stay.
Prepping your Tires
It is not recommended storing your bike so that the weight of the bike is resting on the tires for long periods of time as this can damage them. A rack works well for this but if you are unable to use one, just make sure to rotate the front tires every so often and make sure the tires are completely full before bringing in. Check the integrity of your tires every so often to make sure there aren’t any new formed leaks or cracks that could cause the tires to deflate.
Service the Engine
Before you place your motorcycle in storage you will want to get it serviced by a trusted mechanic to make sure all of your parts are functioning as they should. Replace anything that is leaking or could cause damage to your bike later on. A leaking motorcycle will not only harm your bikes engine, but it could also spill over to your other belongings you may be keeping in your storage unit
Give it a Wax
It is always a good idea to be proactive and give your bike a good wax before placing it in storage. This will help with rust protection and is especially important if you plan on keeping your bike in storage for more than a few months. Make sure there isn’t any accumulation of dirt or water that could cause damage to your bike.
Change the Oil
Oil in your motorcycle can get old and thick after just sitting around, even if it’s just for the winter. Make sure to change your oil beforehand so that it’s as fresh as possible when it’s time to take it out of storage.
Protect the Exhaust Pipes
Spray down your exhaust pipes with some WD-40 to keep them in pristine condition. Once you’ve done this, find some small, clean towels and shove them into the pipes to protect them from accumulating moisture.
While it is sad to store your motorcycle away during the cold winter months, you can rest easy knowing it is safe and secure in your new storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Call us today for additional storage tips and our current rates.