Southern Americans may have no idea why we in Canada and the Northern states even need to winterize our motorcycles and conversely, those who experience real winters have no idea what it’s like not to. Imagine… having the freedom to ride all year long, sigh. In any event, if you live in a colder climate, you need to winterize your bike to ensure it’ll run as well as it did this summer considering severe damage can occur during severe weather.
If you decide not to winterize your bike, your bike may experience the following:
- Condensation and rust occuring in the gas tank if not filled during winter
- Battery may freeze and lose charge
- Tires, Seats and Body can deteriorate if exposed to severe cold, wind, snow and not covered
- Chain and sprockets may loose lubrication… minor issue as this should be checked in spring
- Tires losing air pressure… also another minor issue as this should also be checked before your first ride after winter.
Since there’s been so many different articles already written about winterizing a motorcycle, we’ve compiled a list of them for you to review:
Finally, here’s a YouTube video from Popular Mechanics that provides you with step by step instructions on winterizing your bike…