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Proper long-term motorcycle storage ensures your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle remains healthy and ready for many more rides to come. What to do and how to do it can be a challenge, especially for newer motorcycle owners who are trying to figure it out for the first time. Listed below are recommendations for long-term motorcycle storage. Also, review the storage tips included in your Owner’s Manual.
Note: Some riders attempt to keep their motorcycle battery charged by periodically starting and running their motorcycle for a few minutes while it is in storage. Unfortunately, these short run cycles are harder on the motorcycle and battery than not starting it at all.
Harley-Davidson Battery Tenders or Battery Chargers incorporate a microprocessor that reads battery voltage and adjusts charging output accordingly. Do not use steady rate battery chargers because they may overcharge or undercharge the AGM battery. Recommendations:
Fuel and acids present in dirty oil will accelerate the rate of corrosion. Leaving dirty oil in the engine during long-term storage may accelerate engine corrosion leading to a premature engine rebuild. A fresh fill of Screamin’ Eagle® SYN3® Full Synthetic Lubricant or H-D® 360 Motorcycle Oil will help protect your engine, even when the engine isn’t running.
Use Harley-Davidson Extended Life Anti-Freeze & Coolant. It protects against freezing to minus 37 degrees F (minus 38 degrees C). Replace coolant if it is more than 10 years old or has been more than 30,000 miles [48,000km] since it was last changed.
A motorcycle stored with the fuel tank less than full exposes bare metal in the tank to potential corrosion. If the tank becomes excessively corroded, it may require a corrosion-removal treatment or replacement.
Stale fuel can produce engine starting problems, foul spark plugs and cause engine surging and misfiring. In a worst-case scenario, stale fuel may need to be discarded and the fuel tank flushed. Fuel Stabilizer slows the aging of the fuel and ensures an efficient start after months of storage.
This prevents gasoline varnish buildup in the small and functionally important orifices inside the carburetor.
For information on proper tire pressure, refer to the Owner’s Manual or Service Manual for the appropriate motorcycle model. Also, visit http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/info-center/care-and-maintenance for tire condition, care and maintenance guidelines.
Note: Tire condition greatly affects motorcycle operation and rider/passenger safety. If you do not feel 100 percent confident in your ability to ascertain a good tire from a bad tire, we strongly encourage you bring your bike to Ray Price Harley-Davidson to have it checked for safety.
Use cleaning products such as: Harley-Davidson Quick Wash; Sunwash®; Bug Remover; Denim Paint Cleaner; Wheel & Tire Cleaner; Seat, Saddlebag & Trim Cleaner; and Boot Mark Remover. Dry motorcycle completely after washing and then protect surface finishes with: Harley-Davidson Spray Cleaner & Polish; Chrome Clean & Shine; Engine Brightener; Gloss Detailer; Glaze Poly Sealant; and Leather Protectant. Follow instructions on the container for best results.
However, not just any cover will do; non-breathable covers trap moisture, which increases the effects of corrosion. Harley-Davidson motorcycle covers are designed to protect the bike while allowing corrosion-causing moisture to escape.
Chemicals such as these are commonly stored in the same area as the motorcycle and emit caustic gases that greatly accelerate corrosion.
Tip: Many riders perform scheduled maintenance and/or major customization while the motorcycle is inactive in long-term storage. This enhances the experience and increases riding time when the weather improves. Contact us for ideas on how to maximize the enjoyment during long-term storage periods.