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The easiest way to Winterize your Motorcycle is to consider storing it with Gatto Cycle Shop’s Winter Storage. Space is limited as well as first come first serve. But, for one low price, you can store your motorcycle or trike at Gatto Cycle Shop in Tarentum, PA this winter.
Gatto Cycle Shop’s Winter Storage starts on October 1st and runs through April 1st. You can sign your motorcycle or trike up for winter storage in between those two dates. While it’s here, we will give it a secure storage, bike cover, 25 point inspection, and tender rotation. When you come to pick up your bike in April, it will be ready to ride for Spring.
However, if you choose not to store your bike at Gatto, or if you cannot get a spot, or if you are looking to store something bigger like an ATV or UTV, we want to share some helpful tips for winterizing your vehicle.
Here’s how to winterize your ATV, UTV
1. Check Your Fuel Tank/Carburetor
One of the critical aspects of winterizing a powersports vehicle is tending to its fuel tank and carburetor. Make sure you empty the fuel tank by letting the engine run until there’s no gas left. This will prevent your fuel from becoming stale during storage.
2. Detach the Battery
Next, you want to detach your battery and put it on a battery tender when storing your powersports vehicle. This will prevent it from dying and help prolong its lifespan. Battery tenders are easily purchased at Gatto Cycle Shop’s Parts Department.
3. Replace Air Filter
You must service the air filter when winterizing your powersports vehicle. When doing so, replace the old filter and block the inlet ports to the air box. This will help prevent small critters from entering. Make sure you remove these blocks when you bring your vehicle out of storage.
4. Tend to Your Tires
Allowing your powersports vehicle to sit on its tires for a long time can affect them. To prevent this, try to elevate your machine and relieve some of the stress off your tires.
5. Clean & Cover
Finally, you want to clean your powersports vehicle and use a breathable cover to protect it in storage. This will keep your model ready for use when you bring it out after the cold season. Ensure there are no holes in the cover to prevent dust and moisture from creating corrosion and small abrasions to the paint.
Here’s how to winterize your motorcycle
1. Top off with fuel
As you’re driving your motorcycle into the garage to park it for the season, swing by the gas station to top it off with fuel. Making sure your fuel tank is full allows for less moisture buildup on the walls of your tank which could lead to rust and, consequently, those particles being pushed through your carbs. Also, don’t forget to add a fuel stabilizer when filling your tank up. This step is very important as fuel becomes stale after sitting for a time and the heavier elements drop to the bottom of the tank which will then enter the carbs.
2. Properly store your battery
You don’t want to come back to your motorcycle in the springtime and finding out your battery is completely drained. Make sure your battery is removed from your bike and hooked up to a battery tender. Leaving your battery hooked up to your motorcycle will naturally drain your battery, but hooking it up to a battery tender will ensure the battery stays at full charge throughout the winter.
3. Deep clean your bike
Riding your motorcycle will inevitably led to bug stains and dust. Not knowing if any damage has come from these incidents, it’s best to deep clean your bike and make sure it looks like it came off the showroom floor. Using an automotive detergent along with a wash mitt, scrub down the surface of your bike making sure to remove all bug guts and dust, and finish your surface off with a wax protectant. Along with cleaning the body, lubricate all chains and moving parts with a solution like WD-40 to avoid corrosion and binding of these parts.
4. Change your oil and filter
The last thing you want to keep you from your first springtime ride is a 30-minute oil change. The easiest way to solve this problem is to do it as you’re prepping for winter storage and using a heavier 5W30 oil. Dirty oil creates deposits and these particles, when sitting over the winter months, can cause corrosion to the metal parts.
5. Top off fluids
When checking all of your motorcycle’s fluid levels, pay close attention to your antifreeze/coolant. Coming back in the spring to a cracked head is a nightmare and will cause your first ride to be delayed by a few days. To combat the possibility, top off or replace your antifreeze to prevent water corrosion or freeze damage to your coolant system.
6. Cover yourMotorcycle
Finally, protect your motorcycle with a sealed covering. Making sure your motorcycle cover has no holes in it can be very important especially if you have to store your bike outside. Keeping dust and moisture away can help prevent corrosion and small abrasions to the paint. Additionally, placing a plastic bag over your air intake and exhaust pipes are a great way to lessen the possibility of mice entering into those small, warm spaces.
We hope you find this guide handy when storing your ATV or UTV. If you need more advice or assistance in winterizing your powersports vehicle, contact Gatto Cycle Shop’s Service Department.