Here at Lind, we want to make sure you have the best experience with your Harley-Davidson motorcycle. We'd hate for you to lay your bike to rest throughout the winter and then there's something wrong at springs first light. This is why we've put some top tips together for those of you looking at storing your bike away throughout the winter. Our dealerships in Guildford, Newmarket, Norwich and Reading are more than happy to help get your bike set for winter for a lot less than you might imagine, why not call a member of our service team to find out more about how we can help you this winter!
Note: Some riders attempt to keep their motorcycle battery charged by periodically starting and running their motorcycle for a few minutes while it is in storage. Unfortunately, these short run cycles are harder on the motorcycle and battery than not starting it at all.
Harley-Davidson Battery Tenders or Battery Chargers incorporate a microprocessor that reads battery voltage and adjusts charging output accordingly. Do not use steady rate battery chargers because they may overcharge or undercharge the AGM battery.
Fuel and acids present in dirty oil will accelerate the rate of corrosion. Leaving dirty oil in the engine during long-term storage may accelerate engine corrosion leading to a premature engine rebuild. A fresh fill of Screamin’ Eagle® SYN3® Full Synthetic Lubricant or H-D® 360 Motorcycle Oil will help protect your engine, even when the engine isn’t running.
Use Harley-Davidson Extended Life Anti-Freeze & Coolant. It protects against freezing to minus 37 degrees F (minus 38 degrees C). Replace coolant if it is more than 10 years old or has been more than 30,000 miles [48,000km] since it was last changed.
A motorcycle stored with the fuel tank less than full exposes bare metal in the tank to potential corrosion. If the tank becomes excessively corroded, it may require a corrosion-removal treatment or replacement.
Stale fuel can produce engine starting problems, foul spark plugs and cause engine surging and misfiring. In a worst-case scenario, stale fuel may need to be discarded and the fuel tank flushed. Fuel Stabiliser slows the aging of the fuel and ensures an efficient start after months of storage.
This prevents fuel varnish build-up in the small and functionally important orifices inside the carburettor.
For information on proper tyre pressure, refer to the Owner’s Manual or Service Manual for the appropriate motorcycle model. Also, visit your tyre manufacturers website for tyre condition, care and maintenance guidelines.
Note: Tyre condition greatly affects motorcycle operation and rider/passenger safety. If you do not feel 100 percent confident in your ability to ascertain a good tyre from a bad tyre, we strongly encourage you to take your motorcycle to an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership.
Use cleaning products such as: Harley-Davidson Quick Wash; Sunwash®; Bug Remover; Denim Paint Cleaner; Wheel & Tire Cleaner; Seat, Saddlebag & Trim Cleaner; and Boot Mark Remover. Dry motorcycle completely after washing and then protect surface finishes with: Harley-Davidson Spray Cleaner & Polish; Chrome Clean & Shine; Engine Brightener; Gloss Detailer; Glaze Poly Sealant; and Leather Protectant. Follow instructions on the container for best results.
However, not just any cover will do; non-breathable covers trap moisture, which increases the effects of corrosion. Harley-Davidson motorcycle covers are designed to protect the bike while allowing corrosion-causing moisture to escape.
Chemicals such as these are commonly stored in the same area as the motorcycle and emit caustic gases that greatly accelerate corrosion.
Tip: Many riders perform scheduled maintenance and/or major customisation while the motorcycle is inactive in long-term storage. This enhances the experience and increases riding time when the weather improves. Talk to one of the team at our dealerships in Guildford, Newmarket, Norwich or Reading for ideas on how to maximise the enjoyment during long-term storage period.