BikerSOS gives tips on how to make the bike winter-proof
Even if it hurts … but the motorcycle season is coming to an end. But, after the season is ahead of the season – that’s why it’s important to make some arrangements.
Only if you bring your bike through the winter properly, you have to fear in the spring no safety issues.
👉Tip right away: Just take a look at the operating instructions and check manufacturer’s instructions.
1) Fill or empty the tank
A motorcycle tank made of sheet metal should be filled to the top when the motorcycle is parked on the center stand, otherwise fill in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. This prevents rusting of the tank in the upper area. There are also additives for the fuel that prevent rusting.
On the other hand, plastic tanks should be as empty as possible, as fuel components can diffuse through the tank wall, and in the spring the gasoline has lost ignitability. In the spring, you can fill up the tank with fresh gasoline.
2) Empty the float chambers of the carburettor
If possible, close the fuel tap at the end of the last trip long enough before stopping the engine. Then the carburetor is empty.
If that does not work, let the float chambers run empty with the engine off using the drain plug. The gasoline then flows over long hoses on the motorcycle underside. Collect the gas and pour it into the tank. Do not forget: Close the drain screws of the carburetor float chambers again.
3) Clean and maintain the motorcycle
Make sure the bike is completely clean and dry – preferably on a special washing area with wash water treatment – with a clean bike you can see deficiencies easier.
Examine the motorcycle for defects and overdue service.
Check all functions. Make a note of the necessary work and have it done before starting the new season. In the winter months, many motorcycle repair shops have capacity or even discounts in winter.
It is best, however, to carry out maintenance work immediately, as it is easy to forget about the winter months.
By the way, the most important points are in the inspection plan in the operating instructions.
4) Change engine oil
If the oil is not changed according to the maintenance schedule anyway, it is advisable to change it before winter.
Reason: Because the oil reacts with suspended matter in the engine as a result of the combustion, it can attack the seals when it is standing for a long time.
Drain the engine oil from the warm four-stroke engine, change the oil filter and fill the engine with fresh oil. Then pass the engine with the starter or Kickstarter several times, but do not let it run.
Note: Dispose of used oil in an environmentally sound manner or give it back to the seller of the new oil.
5) Check coolant
Check fluid level and antifreeze concentration. If necessary, replace liquid according to the manufacturer’s information.
6) Remove and maintain the battery
Remove battery and store in a dry, cool place free from frost. From time to time charge the battery temporarily or permanently to a special charger (only if provided by the charger manufacturer). Many chargers now have a program for a so-called “entertainment charge”, so that the battery remains active in winter.
With conventional batteries, the acid level should be checked. If necessary: Fill up to the upper level with distilled water.
By the way: The persistent recommendation to let the engine of the parked engine from time to time run idle, many motorcycle experts consider the biggest mistake during a winter break without battery maintenance. Because that does not help with the battery charge and is really bad for the rest of the motorcycle. (More about this in the battery care article)
7) Wait for corrosion-prone components
Spray corrosion-prone components such as exhaust, rims, spokes etc. sparingly with preservative and spread well with a cloth. Grate bare metal parts with an oil-soaked rag (it is also suitable for low-viscosity petroleum), rubber parts with a suitable care product from the accessories shop.
If necessary, lubricate the drive chain.
8) Increase tire pressure or put the motorcycle on a stand
Raise the tire pressure by approx. 0.5 bar and / or underbuild the bicycle, for example with a crate, so that no wheel touches the ground.
9) The right parking space for your motorcycle
Place your motorcycle in a dry, well-ventilated, not too warm basement or garage room and cover it with a blanket or cloth. Do not use a waterproof tarpaulin for indoor use as it can collect condensation under it.
Only if there is no other way: For all those who have to leave the darling over the winter in the open air, there are winter planning.
👉 Tip: If you do not have a suitable parking space, you should talk to your motorcycle dealer. Some companies offer parking for the winter, sometimes even in conjunction with special care programs.
By the way:
It’s best to complete BikerSOS Premium for the next season. Then the app automatically alerts the emergency call center in case of an accident.
Or make yourself a Christmas present and treat yourself to the BikerSOS GPS tracker!