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Five Steps to Prepare a Motorcycle for the Green Bay Winter

Riding a motorcycle can be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while saving on fuel and vehicle costs. Many people are turning to motorcycles as their preferred means of transportation. As great as riding a motorcycle is, wintertime means putting the bike away until the roads clear in the spring.

Riding during the cold winter months can be dangerous. The road conditions and weather during the winter months can create dangers. Even after taking precautions, other drivers on the road may cause you to be involved in a Green Bay motorcycle accident.

It is important that a motorcycle rider understands that it is never a good idea to park the motorcycle in the garage for the winter without winterizing it. Storing the motorcycle in the proper way will maintain the motorcycle and ensure that the rider has a safe, reliable bike in the spring.

To properly winterize a motorcycle, a rider should:

  • Change the oil. Even if you are not due for an oil change, you should still put fresh oil in. This will get rid of any byproducts produced from combustion.
  • Add a fuel stabilizer. Fill the gas tank up and add a winterizing fuel conditioner. This will keep the fuel from going stale.
  • Store the battery. Remove the battery from the motorcycle. The battery should be recharged every two weeks.
  • Prepare the surface. Give your bike a fresh coat of wax. The wax will act as a barrier against rust and moisture. Also lightly spray all metal surfaces with WD-40.
  • Store it. Once you are ready to park it for the winter find a dry place to keep it. Cover it with a motorcycle tarp to protect it from any dust and moisture.

As a rider, you should always maintain your motorcycle for you safety. Although you are concerned about your safety it is usually not the concern of other drivers. If you have been in an accident caused by a passenger vehicle you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact a Green Bay motorcycle accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham