How to keep your motorbike protected in the summer or winter
Protecting your bike during winter is one of the most important things to do if you want to enjoy smooth rides throughout the rest of the year. Given the fact that it is going to be stored away for a longer period of time, there are some things you should keep in mind in order to make sure that, once spring kicks in, you are ready to go.
First of all, you should choose the right location. Of course, somewhere indoors is the best option. However, if you don’t have this alternative, you can always opt for a storage shed which will provide the necessary protection.
The things to keep in mind about the location are that it has to be covered, dry and protected from falling elements. At the same time, the location should also be ventilated so moisture doesn’t stick around.
Protecting different parts
Once you’ve established the location, take your bike for a ride one last time and get it to full operating temperature. Fill the gas to almost full and add a fuel stabilizer once you’re home. Keep it running for another five minutes which allows the stabilizer to fully mix with the fuel. This will prevent the fuel from degenerating and it will protect the inside of the tank.
It might also be a good idea to give your bike an oil change, while the engine is still warm from the ride, but cool enough so that you can handle the parts. Drain the old oil, fit a new filter, add the new one and let the engine warm up again. Some riders recommend not using an expensive one as you’ll most probably change it again for the summer.
Once the exhaust pipes have cooled, spray some WD40 down the exit and cover it with a plastic bag, as this prevents moisture from creeping through the pipe into the engine.
Removing the battery is also a good idea. You can trickle charge it all winter to maintain it or, if you choose to store the bike with a fully charged battery, just give it a charge once a month.
Give your bike a wash by hand and then wax the paint. Make sure it’s 100% dry before you lock it away in order to avoid any kind of corrosion. Apply a light mist of WD40 to the chain, frame and wheel rims, but not on the brake rotors, brake pads or tires.
Once the summer rides start and the outside temperature reaches high levels, make sure that your bike is well tuned up, top off your tire pressure every few days, make sure the chain is well greased and the gears well adjusted so you can use all of them. Most of all, enjoy plenty of rides.
How to avoid getting your motorcycle stolen
Owning a cool chopper, a fast bike or the latest model of Harley Davidson could be a dream for many, but looking after such a beast could prove a difficult task. Apart from investing in original or high-quality replacements and taking the bike to the shop every now and then, you also need to stay vigilant.
Bike theft is a common crime in many areas of this world, and there isn’t much the police forces can go. Therefore, we suggest you look after your own goods and consider these tips to prevent your bike from being stolen.
Don’t leave it in the open
As simple as it may sound, the easiest way to look after your precious bike is to keep away from the curious eyes. Hide it in the garage or, if your house doesn’t have one, at least keep it inside your yard, locked. In case you live in an apartment building, it would be best to have it parked in the parking lot.
Often enough, the newest buildings come with their private parking underground which is usually secured with cameras or guards during the night.
A metal garage storage would also be an excellent choice for those who don’t want to pay big money for a parking spot or don’t afford to build their own garage.
These small storage units usually come prebuilt and can be placed in your backyard for maximum security or even in front of a building. They aren’t large enough to keep your car inside but are perfect for sheltering your bike, motorbike, and other personal things.
Bike locks and chains
Another way to protect your bike from thieves is to buy high-quality locks and chains, preferably the most expensive ones you can afford. They may not be very cheap, but they are secure enough to help you enjoy a good night’s sleep, without worrying about your bike being stolen.
It would be best to do your research before buying any object and see what the market can offer you. Keep in mind that the most expensive options are not necessarily the best ones for your bike. We suggest you check specialized stores and online forums or ask the opinion of a specialist so you’re able to choose the right lock and chains for your bike.
Just like cars, motorcycles and bikes can also be equipped with alarms. These are more expensive but are worthy of your attention if you happen to drive an expensive vehicle.
The flashing red warning light will keep most of the thieves away from your ride because alarmed bikes are harder to steal. Some vehicles have factory pre-installed alarms, but you could purchase an additional one to be sure. And, if everything else fails, insure your bike against thieves.