The cold front has arrived and we know that you are getting ready to store your used Harley Sportster in Chicago—or any other motorcycle you may have. Here are some things to consider as you put your bike in storage and wait for the warmer weather to return.
Fill The Tank
Put some fresh fuel in your tank and then add the right amount of fuel stabilizer to keep your gas from deteriorating. Turn the bike on and let it run for a couple of minutes so the treated fuel has time to cycle through your tank.
Fill Up Fluids
Check all fluid levels—the brake, clutch, and coolant—and replace or refill whatever is necessary. Consider inspecting the bike’s antifreeze as well to prevent the engine from freezing during the winter.
Your engine’s oil can become dirty over time, so make sure you avoid corrosion by changing the oil and filter before you begin riding again in the spring.
If you notice your battery drains quicker than usual, make sure you get a maintenance check for your bike before you store it. For the wintertime, consider removing the battery completely and trickle charging it all season. Another option is to store your bike with a battery that is fully charged, but also keeping up with the charge once a month in the time it is not being used.
If you are storing your bike with the tires intact, make sure you fill up your tires to the maximum recommended volume and place the ride on its center stand. Once a week, rotate the front tire to avoid flat spots.
Wash, Dry, Wax
Before you put your bike away for the winter, wash it and then thoroughly dry it. When you are finished drying off your bike, wax the surface to prevent corrosion and other damage. You can also spray your exhaust pipes with WD-40, which helps keep the moisture and rust away while your bike is idle.
Did you know that sunlight can damage your leather and fade paint? If you choose to store your bike in the garage, make sure you park it away from a window and in a cool, dark corner. Cover it with a breathable cover in order to protect it from dust, grime, and moisture.
If you are getting ready to store your used Harley Sportster in Chicago or any other motorcycle and have some questions about the process, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Stay warm this winter!