Come: Basic Steps to Winterize Your Bike
by Kay Zetkin
We know that motorcycle enthusiasts out there are
knowledgeable enough in how to care for their bikes.
Having a motorcycle and considering it as a prized
possession is indeed tedious work. And here, we
would like to share bits of information about several
things that you may find really important, especially
if youre a motorcyclist from northern climates.
Northern climates motorcyclists experience dilemmas
during the winter season comes. Once winter approaches,
they either take the option of continuing their
motorcycle riding, not wishing to be apart from
their motorcycles for the winter spell or they winterize
their motorcycles and put it away until spring comes.
Winter brings with it cold, icy, wet weather. These
conditions do not bode well for your motorcycles
condition and neither is it a great condition for
riding your bike.
Every motorcyclist may have many different opinions
on how to do the process of winterizing their motorcycles.
Doing it is a matter of grave significance in order
to restore the power and built of your motorcycle
in order for it to be sturdy during its active lifespan.
Once you have decided on putting away your bike
temporarily as the winter sets in, here are several
basic steps to winterize your bike and put your
mind at ease for the rest of the winter.
Even before the winter sets in, check over your
motorcycle for any mechanical problems. If you find
something wrong, put it in repair immediately.
The engine oil and oil filter of your bike must
be changed. After this, run the engine briefly so
that the oil can circulate completely through the
system. Try to avoid using used motor oil as it
is contaminated with acids. Drain your float bowls
by running the engine, shutting off the fuel or
letting the engine use up the fuel in the float
After the last ride of the season, top off your
gas tank. This will prevent water condensation in
the tank. You can treat your gas with a gasoline
stabilizer for your fuel to stay good through the
Your motorcycles battery should be checked.
This entails cleaning the battery terminals and
connecting a Battery Tender or similar trickle charger.
You can also remove the battery and store it in
a warm, dry place.
Take time to clean and wax your bike.
After cleaning and waxing it thoroughly, dry it
up real good and cover it. Find a nice and warm
garage thats safe from cold drafts in which
to store your bike.
Ooops! Before leaving your bike alone in its cozy
place, check your tires and inflate them to the
Also, make sure the garage you found can be locked
up real tight and the registration and other papers
are removed from its case.
Theres no law saying not to drop in on your
bike every couple of weeks. This will remind you
that once the winter is gone, you and your bike
will both be back in the road again!
About The Author
Kay Zetkin discovered the pleasure of writing through
her daily journals as a teen-ager. Writing in it
helped sort out her thoughts, relieve her feelings
and record what she observes of the world.
For her, writing is an effective tool to express
your viewpoints... To write is already to choose,
thus, writing should be done along with a critical
mind and a caring soul. She hopes to become more
professional, skilled and mature in her craft.
Aside from writing Kay spends her time reading.
Reading lets her travel to far-off imagined places
and situations. She also learns a lot from devouring
books, especially from the socio-political and historical
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