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How Do I Prepare My Motorcycle for Winter?

Whether you plan to put your motorcycle away for the winter season, or you intend to ride it occasionally on warmer days, it is important to prepare it for winter. You can prepare your motorcycle for winter with the following steps:

Give it a Thorough Cleaning

Even if you rode your motorcycle only once during the summer months, it likely has dirt and debris on it. Now is a good time to give it a thorough cleaning. Remove caked-on dirt and give the tires a good scrub. Not only will this ensure you have a clean motorcycle on the year’s first warm day, but it will also protect the paint and help you maintain its value.

Complete Any Necessary Maintenance

Motorcycles, just like all other types of vehicles, require preventative maintenance. The end of the season is a good time to complete any necessary maintenance. This should include lubricating moving parts, checking the tires, and even ensuring that the spark plugs are in good condition. You will also want to change the oil and replace the motorcycle’s filter. 

These steps can protect your motorcycle over the winter months, while also ensuring it’s ready for spring riding.

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Stabilize the Fuel

It might be tempting to ignore that last fuel fill-up because you don’t plan on riding for a few months. But a full tank can help to keep extra moisture out of the tank, which can cause damage. Once you fill-up the tank, add in a fuel stabilizer. Then take the motorcycle for a short drive so it has a chance to mix together.

Some people choose to remove the fuel from the tank. This may be beneficial if you plan on storing your tank for a long period of time.

Read more: Important Safety Tips to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident This Winter

Consider Sheltered Storage

Many motorcycle owners keep their motorcycle in the garage during the winter months to protect it from extreme cold and snowfall. If you don’t have a garage or your garage is already full, it may be beneficial to consider an external storage location. This will not only help you maintain the value of the motorcycle but also ensure that it is safe for use next season. Wherever you decide to store your motorcycle for the winter, be aware of how you store it. 

Ideally, you want to use a motorcycle stand. Otherwise, the weight of the motorcycle will sit on the tires all winter long, which can lead to them being flat or uneven wear and tear. If possible, hoist the motorcycle up completely.

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Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

Did you experience a motorcycle accident on your last ride of the season? Did you not get to ride your motorcycle for much of the summer due to an accident? If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may have legal options available to you. Reach out to a motorcycle accident lawyer today to learn more about these options.

Motorcycle accidents can lead to expensive damages. In addition to the expensive repairs needed for the motorcycle, you may also have medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering.

Contact an Elizabeth Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case in New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident in the state of New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Personal injury attorney Andrew Prince Esq. represents clients injured because of a motorcycle accident in Jersey City, Clifton, West New York, Union City, and throughout New Jersey. Call (908) 304-9187 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 136 Central Avenue, Clark, New Jersey, 07066, as well as an office in West New York, NY.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.