Tips for Storing Your Motorcycle

Gold Eagle Sta-Bil Ethanol Treatment
STA-BIL Ethanol Treatment
Fuel System

We recommend the use of a fuel stabilizer to keep your gas fresh and to protect your carbs and gas tank from corrosion and residue deposits. STA-BIL Ethanol Treatment (#STA-ETH-32) has been reformulated to offer double corrosion protection as well as protection from the Ethanol additive in gasoline. Fill your tank and add stabilizer using the directions on the bottle. Run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the mixture in to the carbs. Fuel injectors are less affected but still greatly benefit from this additive. Get the big bottle!! It works great in Lawnmowers, Jet Ski’s and Snowmobiles also.


Tires are affected by heat, sunlight and dampness, as well as ozone, which is given off by electric motors. Keep your bike out of direct sunlight and away from electric motors such as refrigerators, freezers, etc. Store your bike with the tires fully inflated in a cool dry place. Use a motorcycle stand to keep weight off the tires.

BatteryBike Master TruGel Batteries
Bikemaster ChargeMaster 365TD
Bikemaster ChargeMaster 365TD

The easiest way to prolong battery life is to keep it fully charged. We recommend the Bike Master 365TD (#15-0917) which works well on all batteries including the new TruGel Batteries. We also carry the Deltran Battery Tender and YUASA chargers. All of these chargers can be left plugged in indefinitely and will self regulate to keep the battery charged. USE CAUTION!!!! Follow the manufacturers instructions when working with your battery.


During regular use, your engine oil becomes acidic from combustion. Prior to storage we recommend that you change your oil and filter, and run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the new oil. You may want to change it again in the spring as condensation can form in your engine during the cold weather. It is also a good idea to apply a liberal coating of lubricant to your chain. Cables, lever pivots, linkages, etc. can be protected against corrosion using Maxima Multi Purpose Penetrant Lube.


It is a good idea to cover your motorcycle during storage. We carry the COVERMAX line of covers as well as covers by DOWCO. Also, a good washing followed by a liberal coating of wax or polish is an excellent way to protect your investment during the winter months. Products from S-100 or Original Bike Spirits work very well.

Dowco Guardian EZ Zip Motorcycle Covers
Dowco Guardian EZ Zip Motorcycle Covers

0 thoughts on “Tips for Storing Your Motorcycle

  1. Thank you for this post, very useful information.
    Now is the time for me to start looking into storing my bike. Here in northern Ohio, we don’t get many chances to ride during the Fall/Winter.


  2. Im not going to say what everyone else has already said, but I do want to comment on your knowledge of the topic. Youre truly well-informed. I cant believe how much of this I just wasnt aware of. Thank you for bringing more information to this topic for me. Im truly grateful and really impressed. <a href="//


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