Taking Your Motorcycle Out Of Storage
As winter ends and temperatures rise, motorcyclists everywhere start thinking about their upcoming spring rides. You’re probably among them! Here in Oklahoma, we don’t get extreme cold and snow like the upper Midwest does, but it can be chilly and icy enough to merit storing your bike for a while. Or maybe you just haven’t had time to ride, so you’ve kept it in the garage for several weeks. Either way, when you take your bike out of storage, there are some small maintenance tasks you’ll want to complete before you head out on your first spring ride!
This guide showing you how to de-winterize your bike is brought to you courtesy of your local motorcycle dealership, Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson, located in Tulsa, OK. Come to us with any questions you have!
Perform An Initial Inspection
First, walk around your bike and examine its exterior. You’re looking for any noticeable damage that may have been missed when you put it in storage or may even have happened while it was stored. Maybe your car dinged your bike as you parked, or it fell over and something’s bent. Regardless, you’ll want to address these issues right away, or contact the service and parts department here at Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson so our mechanics can take care of the problem!
Check & Replace Fluids
After looking things over, if nothing’s egregiously wrong, you’ll want to check your engine fluids. You probably changed the oil before storing your bike in order to prevent corrosion and condensation build-up, but you still need to check the condition of it. Remove the dipstick, wipe it and insert it again, then draw it back out to check the color and consistency of your oil. If it flows smoothly and is reasonably translucent, you’re good to go! Simply top it off so it’s full.
However, dark, sludgy oil merits a complete oil change. You should change the filter at the same time. If you see metallic flecks, this is a sign that parts of your engine are grinding together, which again merits some professional attention! The Myers-Duren service team is just a phone call away, so get in touch!
Finally, check your brake fluid while your bike is perfectly upright. You might have a front and rear reservoir for this. Then check the transmission fluid just as you checked the oil.
Examine Tires & Brakes
Since the tires of your motorcycle hold it up and support you on the highway, it’s vital that they’re in good condition. Never ride on worn-down tires! You could suffer a blowout at high speeds, which will cause a serious accident. This is why using a tire pressure gauge to check both tires is so important. Air up your tires to your bike manufacturer’s recommended levels, all the while looking carefully for worn treads, tears in the sidewall and embedded objects. Repair or replace your tires as necessary; it might be more expensive, but it’s worth it to have good, solid tires to ride on.
You’ll then want to make sure your brakes are in good shape. Take your bike around the block to test their responsiveness. Roll down the driveway slowly and give yourself sufficient space before you reach the stop sign to engage your brakes gently. Apply pressure steadily until you come to a stop. Dust may cause some squeaking, but if you feel grinding or slipping, get your bike looked at by a professional.
Still in need of a motorcycle for spring riding? We carry a full inventory of new and used motorcycles for sale at our Tulsa location! If you need help de-winterizing, contact our service department so our mechanics can get your bike ready to roll. We also sell motorclothes so you can get yourself properly outfitted and offer motorcycle classes so you can brush up on your riding skills. Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson proudly serves all of Oklahoma, including the cities of Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby and Glenpool.