How to Winterize a Motorcycle

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Is it that time of the year again, when the riding season has passed and many Gladstone bikers are preparing to put their bike away for the winter. On the other hand, some Portland bikers are thinking about riding a motorcycle in winter and how to get motorcycle winter tires. The service team at Latus Motors Harley-Davidson is here to cover how to winterize a motorcycle and how to store a motorcycle in winter.

How to Store a Motorcycle in Winter

Latus Motors Harley-Davidson handles winter motorcycle storage! While riding a motorcycle in winter is an adventure some bikers take, many Portland bikers just want to know how to store a motorcycle in winter in a way that doesn’t hurt their bike. If you store your bike with us, we:

  • Drain fuel from carbs
  • Change fluids so they are fresh
  • Clean the bike to prevent corrosion of paint and materials
  • Keep the battery charged to avoid needing a jump
  • Replace lubricants
  • Change tires, if needed
  • Cover the bike
  • Keep the bike on stands

If you’re putting your bike in the garage through the winter, you should try to do all of this as well. Of course, when you store your motorcycle with us, we take care of all of this and apply the storage fee to any labor you have done while it’s stored!

How to Winterize a Motorcycle: Riding in the Cold

While it’s possible to ride your bike during the cold seasons in Vancouver, it’s definitely not the same experience. First of all, your exposure to the elements on a bike makes cold weather all the more perilous if you’re not bundled up properly. Dropping temperatures also affect the performance of many components of your bike. Here’s the prep you need for riding a motorcycle in winter:

  • Prepare Your Body: Let’s start by protecting you! A proper winter outfit shouldn’t just be a winter jacket. Luckily, you can get in touch with a Vancouver area parts center and they can hook you up with riding gear that’ll keep you warm on the road. Layers are the name of the game here, so invest in some Under Armour and good gloves.
  • Prepare Your Bike: That above-mentioned parts center? They’ll help you find the gear necessary for taking your bike out. These include extra windscreens, hand guards, heated grips, riding pegs, and more. Temperature regulation is fundamental, so also make sure that you have recently put in antifreeze.
  • Riding Tips: Ice is your enemy. It takes diligence to bike in the winter responsibly, so watch for it on the road. Additional hazards abound: in the form of gathered salt crystals, cracks on the roads from snowplows, and the driving habits of strangers, which can take a turn for the worse in the winter. Riding a motorcycle in winter means keeping your distance from the vehicles around you.

Motorcycle Winter Tires

We’ve reserved a whole section for winter tires, because, well, you can’t go riding a motorcycle in winter without them. The steps for how to winterize a motorcycle begin with motorcycle winter tires. Here are some further tips:

  • Check Air Pressure: Even if you have motorcycle winter tires, you still need to keep them in good condition. It’s ideal to check for tire pressure frequently.
  • Check the Treads: If your winter tires are old, religiously monitor your tread depth to make sure it’s ideal.

Get Winter Storage with Latus Motors Harley-Davidson

We love the new bikes we sell at Latus Motors Harley-Davidson, and we want Gladstone bikers to know how to take care of them for a long time. That’s why we offer winter storage and additional service tips! Contact us today to store your bike for the winter in a safe environment or get the gear needed to winterize a motorcycle!

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