Protecting your motorcycle from inclement weather is easier than you think.
By Clark Douglas
Motorcycles are a lot of fun to ride, but if you own one, you also know that they do require a lot of your attention in order to keep them looking great and running smoothly. These vehicles are also susceptible to damage from inclement weather, so it is very important that, in order to keep your bike looking and running like new for many years to come, you take the right steps to ensure it is protected from all types of weather conditions throughout the year.
If you live in an area that gets everything from harsh winter storms to the hottest summer days, continue reading for tips that will ensure you will be able to properly protect your bike no matter what Mother Nature decides to throw your way.
Store Your Motorcycle Properly for the Winter
Wintertime riding is not really a good idea. That is why you hardly ever see any motorcyclists out and about between the months of December and March, when the weather can be quite harsh and unpredictable. Icy roads and low temperatures make the ride both dangerous and uncomfortable. Therefore, it is really best to just store your motorcycle away for the winter. Make sure that your radiator and battery are in peak condition, that your tires have the adequate amount of pressure, and that all of your fluids are changed and topped off before you store it away for long periods. And don’t forget to add some fuel conditioner to your tank as well. Once the springtime weather hits, your bike will be ready to hit the road again right away.
Get a Motorcycle Cover
For the seasons when you can ride with comfort and confidence, you will need to purchase a motorcycle cover. The more durable covers out there will protect your bike from even the largest hail that might fall and otherwise severely damage the exterior of your motorcycle, but even a basic motorcycle cover will protect your vehicle from rain that can lead to terrible rusting throughout the inner workings of the bike. If you have a garage, or even a portable garage or shelter for your motorcycle, you probably do not need to worry about a cover, but if you do plan on leaving it out in the elements, cover it up so you do not regret your mistake later.
Keep It Sheltered
If you do have a garage, make room in it for your motorcycle and keep it in indoors whenever you think the weather will not cooperate. If you do not have a garage attached to your home or in your backyard, you can invest in a motorcycle shelter that is specially designed for covering your bike completely underneath a durable retractable cover that will act like a miniature garage just for your bike.
Taking proper care of your motorcycle includes making sure that it is protected from the elements. Without taking the right steps, you will risk damaging your motorcycle and having to deal with costly repairs.