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Preparing Your Motorcycles for Winter Storage

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Prepping Your Motorcycles

  1. Fill up the fuel tank and use a fuel stabilizer. If you only follow one step after finding a storage facility make this the one. Old fuel becomes gunky and thick quickly –, especially in our harsh winter temperatures. This will get clogged up in all of your motorcycles parts, making it difficult to start your motorcycle when spring comes. In the worst-case scenario, you could end up spending a few hundred dollars having your carburettor cleaned out.
  2. Clean your motorcycle! It should not be stored while still dirty. We found an excellent specific guide on how to clean a motorbike. If your bike has a lot of chrome this will help avoid pitting. Who wants to spend the first riding day of spring scraping off five months of dirt and dead bugs from their beloved bike? That is the time you could be riding!
  3. Start your engine every few weeks for five minutes. You don’t need to ride it –just start and run for that five minutes.


For those wanting a more detailed approach, we recommend this step by step guide to preparing a motorbike for Winter storage.

Our Harrisburg garages are used by other motorbike owners for winter or year-round storage. Call us at 717-238-2411

We also have great motorcycle storage at our Dover, Dillsburg and York storage facilities.