Time to winterize your motorcycle!

I’m no expert but this is the way I put my Harley away for winter. Please consult your motorcycle owner’s manual for your bikes specific requirements.

Maybe you’re hard core and not ready to call the riding season over. Maybe you ride all year round. Not Me! I’m not a cold weather rider. Thank God I left my home of New England many years ago. I put the bike away yesterday.  This is what I do…

It’s a three step process:

·         Battery Tender

·         Fuel Stabilizer

·         Jack

Step 1: Battery Tender

Attach your battery to a quality trickle charger that will not over charge your battery. I use the Battery Tender Plus by Deltran. Deltran Battery Tender is the official factory authorized manufacturer of battery chargers for Harley-Davidson and BMW. I use mine all year round.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Fuel Stabilizer

Add a fuel stabilizer such as Gold Eagle STA-BIL to your gas. Fill the gas tank all the way to the top to avoid condensation inside your gas tank. Run the bike for a little while or take it for a ride to ensure the treated gas runs through the engine and no untreated gas is left to gum up over the winter.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Jack It Up

I like to get the bike up off the tires by putting it on a motorcycle jack. I use the Craftsman Motorcycle/ATV Jack. My only complaint is that it is heavy. It weighs over 90 pounds. The aluminum model weighs half as much but costs twice as much. The Craftsman came with an excellent set of tie downs. Make sure you have help doing this. It would be easy to do if the bottom of motorcycles were flat. But they aren’t. Getting around the kickstand is tricky. I have my wife straddle the bike and hold it upright while I position the jack underneath the bike. I use wood blocks between the jack and the bike frame. Make sure you’re not pinching any wires and that the weight of the bike is on the bike frame, not the kickstand or the exhaust. Once everything is blocked nicely jack the bike up. Use tie downs to strap the bike securely in place. If you have a smaller motorcycle like a Sportster, you can roll the bike conveniently into a corner using the jack handle. Lock up the jack wheels once in place.

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re not going to jack the bike up you should put something under the bike so that the tires and kickstand are not in contact with the cold concrete floor of your garage. Use something like wood or carpet over the floor.

I waited too long to go out and get the STA-BIL last year. All the motorcycle shops were sold out! Luckily you can get it at any good automotive store. I got mine at Pep Boys.

Don’t worry, spring will be here soon.

5 Responses to “Time to winterize your motorcycle!”

  1. winterize?????????????????????? I winterize mine also put sta-bil in the tank while filling up on way home. PUT ON warm clothes (leather jacket,gauntletts, chaps,long johns) and ride if roads are clear.. Thats what TRUE BIKERS do….

  2. I hear ya Mr True Biker!

  3. Gee Cruzinpete,
    I never knew true biker and masochist were synonyms!!! 😮

  4. […] know, I purposely took a break from riding this winter. I put our motorcycles up on jacks for winter storage in November. I stepped down as the Director of our HOG Chapter at the end of the year (after 3 years […]

  5. […] know, I purposely took a break from riding this winter. I put our motorcycles up on jacks for winter storage in November. I stepped down as the Director of our HOG Chapter at the end of the year (after 3 years […]

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