This morning’s cool temperatures put a frown on my face. The motorcycling season is pretty much over. I know two or three motorcyclists who do ride on clear days in the winter, but that’s a bit extreme even for me. Generally, though, for a majority of riders the riding season in Michigan ends in late October or early November. Right now is the time to think about winterizing your motorcycle.
If it’s your first time winterizing your motorcycle, we’ve got some helpful tips to guide you along. Even if it’s your tenth time putting your bike away for winter, take some time to refresh your memory before getting started.
If you think you’re done winterizing your motorcycle, you’re wrong. Every two weeks, you need to start it for a few minutes to move the fluids through the engine and keep it from seizing up. Make sure to move your motorcycle and prevent it from sitting in the same spot. The weight bearing down on the tires will create flat spots. Simply rolling it into a new spot if you have the space will help if you don’t have a motorcycle jack.
If you feel like you need or want more help and some hands-on experience, some community colleges that offer basic rider-safety courses also offer classes to guide you through winterizing your motorcycle. You can consult your motorcycle owner’s manual for help or maintenance to perform during the non-riding season, as well.
Despite how upset we all get, putting our motorcycles away for the winter isn’t such a bad thing when you stop and think about it. Taking a break from riding and having some down time with your bike allows you to catch up on some critical maintenance and care that you sometimes lose track of during the riding reason. Plus, doing all this preparation for winter means doing less work when the riding season returns in the spring. A few quick checks and a wash, and you’ll be back on the road when the snow melts and the sun shines brighter!
What do you do to get your bike ready for winter? Share with other Allstate blog readers in the comments section below.
Krissy Schwab writes about Detroit happenings, sustainable living, home, money and life for the Quicken Loans Zing Blog.