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Get ready for the winter pause in motorcycle riding

Now that the winter months are here, most people who usually ride motorcycles will get them put up for the snowy months. There are several misconceptions that people have about winter storage for a motorcycle, so don't fall for those.

First, you need to make sure that you top off all the fluids in the motorcycle. This includes doing an oil change on the bike, filling up the gas tank and checking to ensure that all other fluids are filled. All of this can help you get ready for the next riding season without having to worry about unsightly and stinky smoke coming from the bike when you start it up.

Another thing that you need to do is check the metal components of the motorcycle. If possible and necessary, you can put a think layer of wax on these components to prevent rust. It is possible that rust will occur on the motorcycle, so be very careful when you are putting it up for the season.

You have to make sure that the battery isn't going to wear down over these months. If you are storing the battery with the motorcycle, you should start it at least once per month to prevent draining.

The winter months are a good time to you need to use when you are riding. Remember that in a few months, you'll be out riding again but other drivers won't necessarily be watching for motorcycles since they have gone this entire winter without seeing many if any at all. This puts you at a higher risk during the initial period of spring riding season.

Source: Esurance, "Motorcycle Storage: 7 Ways to Keep Winter from Trashing Your Ride," Megan Pantak, accessed Jan. 19, 2018

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