Motorcycle Winter Storage

Winterizing a motorcycle for winter storage is not something to be taken lightly. Just like car winterizing, motorcycle winterizing requires careful planning and attention to detail. If you are going to winterize a motorcycle this year, then follow the basic guidelines to make sure your motorcycle is ready for winter storage. Then, as the winter months start to roll around and your motorcycle is sitting idle or stored away, you’ll know that it’s winterizing your motorcycle properly and safely.

How do you Store a Motorcycle in the Winter?

To store a motorcycle a winter it is important to have a reasonable storage unit for it. The motorcycle oil, oil filter, gas tank and battery all have to be taken care of before winterizing the bike. It is practical to clean the motorcycle and provide a winter cover for the vehicle.

Motorcycle Oil and Oil Filter

The first step to motorcycle winter storage is to change the oil and check the oil filter. These are two of the most important parts of your motorcycle and changing the oil and filters means that they will be ready to go when winter comes. You don’t want any dirt, dust, or other debris in the oil or filters that will get into the air intake system and cause problems with your motorcycle during winter riding. In addition, if your bike needs an oil change it will mean that winter riding will be more of a problem than normal and you won’t have the time to do regular maintenance checks of your bike like during the summer months.

Motorcycle Oil winter

Motorcycle Battery and Gas Tank

Next, make sure that your battery is drained and charged to full before winter riding starts. This means that all the electric connections on your bike are disconnected to make sure that the battery is fully charged. You should also drain the gas tank to make sure that you are ready for winter storage.

Motorcycle Storage Unit

If you decide to winterize your motorcycle then you will also need to winterize the motorcycle storage unit. Most motorcycle storage units have a section meant for winterization. This section will allow you to drain your oil, gas, and battery and put them in the storage unit. Motorcycle winter storage units will have a drain pan made of material that will allow any liquids to drain easily.

The motorcycle winter storage that you use should be something that you can move inside your garage during the winter. You should store your motorcycle in a place that you will have access to during the winter. It should be stored in such a way that it will be easy for you to reach and pump the tires.

Should you Cover Your Motorcycle for the Winter?

You may keep your motorcycle protected from the elements in wintertime by putting a motorcycle cover on the bike, to keep out debris, dirt, insects or bugs, snow or moisture out of the motorcycle’s small parts. You may easily find a cover in your local biker shop or on the Internet.

Motorcycle Winter Storage cover

Should You Start Your Motorcycle in the Winter?

It is recommended for motorcycle owners to start the winterized motorcycle from time to time during the winter. You should let it run for a few minutes every week or two in order to avoid any condensation buildup, and to let the juices flow a little, and to restart the battery as well.


Motorcycles can be expensive so you want to make sure that you winterize yours safely and securely. Motorcycle storage locations come in all shapes and sizes. If you are going to store a motorcycle for a long period of time then it might be better for you to invest in one of the motorcycle storage units that is designed for long term use. If you plan on winterizing a motorcycle for only a few months then you can store it in a small storage location.