Seasonal Tips


There's still lots of good riding time left, but it's getting closer to the time to prepare your bike for the winter. As you wind down the riding season, you have more time for maintenance. This is a great time to do a safety check of your bike. Check your tires, brakes, chain, cables, and any other items that tend to wear out over the life of a riding season. Service the items needing serviced. Now is also a good time to change the oil and filters so you can hit the ground running come spring time.

Using a
fuel stabilizer additive is quick and easy and can save you hundreds. There is nothing more frustrating than having to take your bike in to have the carbs or fuel injection cleaned out just as spring fever sets in. Make sure you store your bike with a full tank of gas. It will help keep moisture from condensation out of your tank.

You may also want to pick up a
good bike cover. Clean the bike and put on a good coat of wax for the winter. Make sure the cover can "breathe" so moisture doesn't build up under the cover and facilitate the development of rust.

If you don't have a maintenance free battery, service your battery before you store your bike. Batteries tend to die over the winter. An easy way to prevent this from happening is to pick up a good
battery tender type charger. The cost of a battery tender will pay for itself the first time go out and start your bike in the spring while others are buying a new batteries.

Security is important too. Even if your bike is sitting in a garage, security devices are important. If not locked, it could become an easy mark, picked up and "gone in 60 seconds", as they say. We have a
huge selection of locks to keep your baby safe.