Motorcycle Winter Storage in 4 Easy Steps

Connect Battery to Tender

First, you’ll need to buy a battery tender. This will keep a charge on the battery throughout the winter. If not used, she will be dead on the first day of sunlight.  These can cost about $30 and your local motorcycle store should have them in stock.  I have personally used the Dellran “Battery Tender” and haven’t encountered any issues with it.


The battery tender will come with two options:  the jumper cables for temporary installation and two rings for permanent installation. If you prefer to use the jumper cables, the red (positive) and black (negative) will clamp onto the two terminals.

For a more permanent installation, install the two rings onto the battery terminal.


Clean Her Up

Remember to wash your bike or scrub off any dirt, bug splatter, or anything else that could do permanent damage after a few months of neglect. After washing her down, apply a nice fine polish and follow it up with a light coat of WD-40 on any metal surfaces to prevent the bike from corroding. Don’t forget the chain as well; remember to scrub it (as you should every 300 miles) and reapply lube.

Fuel Stabilizer

Ensure she has a full tank of gas and pour in some fuel stabilizer. Run the engine for a bit, or go for one last quick ride around the block, to ensure it mixes with the fuel.

Motorcycle Stands and Cover

Motorcycle stands will save your tires from developing flat spots. Some people will argue that you will not have an issue, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. If you absolutely cannot afford motorcycle stands, this would be the area to skip until you put more money in your pocket. Last, but not least, drape a cover over her to keep her clean (and warm) for the winter.

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