How to Store Your Dirt Bike for Winter

In an ideal world we could go out dirt bike riding year round. Unfortunately most of us do not have the luxury of warm, dry winter weather, and we must store our bikes to keep them safe from weather damage. Here are a few tips to make sure your bike is ready to ride as soon as the snow melts.

Wash and Dry

Washing your bike is the first step you need to take before storing it for an extended period of time. This will allow you to inspect it to make sure it’s in good shape, prevent rust and element damage, and get you back on the bike faster in the spring. It’s also vital that you thoroughly dry your dirt bike, which can be done by riding it around for a brief period after washing it, or with towels and compressed air.

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Change Your Fluids and Clean Your Filters

Pre-storage is essentially doing a full round of preventative maintenance, so it’s important to hit the most important fluids and filters. You will want to change your engine and tranny oil and water. Top off your coolant, or drain and replace it. This is also a good time to clean or replace your air filter. The more you get done before storing your dirt bike, the less you will have to do when you pull it out in the spring.

Keep the Wheels Up

It’s important to store your dirt bike with the tires elevated, but you still will want to make sure they have 15lbs of pressure beforehand. Ideally you should be storing your bike on a stand, whether you purchase it or create a makeshift one. Damage may occur to the tires, wheels, or suspension if you simply leave it sitting, but it is possible to store it this way if you regularly check on the pressure levels and rotate the wheels.

Store in a Safe, Dry Place

The ideal place to store a dirt bike is a well-guarded insulated garage or storage area. It’s not necessary to run the heater, but you will want to avoid storing your bike where there will be extreme temperature changes as condensation may accumulate and cause damage. If you are storing your dirt bike in your garage or somewhere you or others access regularly, make sure that it is out of the way and will not be an inconvenience.

The more bases you cover maintenance wise before storing your dirt bike, the longer it will last, and the less you will have to do come spring. Following these tips will ensure that you’re up and riding early in the year without any worry of damage to repair.

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