When it’s time to put the cycle away

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Oct 17, 2018 8:24:04 AM

I'm a worst-case-scenario kind of thinker. So, for me, preparation is key, or as Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Winterizing a motorcycle is one of those preventative measures – and I don’t mean just covering it with a tarp. Preparing it for winter storage will make the start of riding season next spring a whole lot easier.

The first step is pretty easy: Wash and completely dry your bike. A thorough cleaning is so important to the finish of the bike. Applying wax to painted surfaces and chrome polish to the chrome will also help keep moisture away.

Next, fill your gas tank. A full tank of gas helps prevent rust from forming inside the tank, and treated gasoline helps prevent gunk and varnish from forming in the engine, according to instructables.com. Changing the oil and filter also will assure your bike is ready to go when you are.

To prevent soft or flat tires, store your motorcycle on its center stand. To keep critters from spending the winter in your exhaust pipes, cover them up with plastic bags.

Finally, a properly fitting motorcycle cover, like the one offered by Fulmer, will keep moisture out and protect your bike from dust and minor garage impacts.

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