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Motorcycle Insurance As winter sets in and riding season comes to a close, it is time to put away the motorcycle and count down the long months until the cold and rain dissipates and you can be free to ride again. However, storing your bike for winter means more than just tossing a cover over it. In order to ensure that your motorcycle is ready to ride as soon as you are, you should follow some simple tips to help prepare your bike for the long months of non-use.
  • Wash & Wax:While it may seem a bit pointless to wash something that's going into storage, it is important to get all of the dirt, debris and bugs that will cause corrosion off of the bike. Adding a fresh coat of wax will help to keep moisture and rust from settling on your bike.
  • Oil Change: It is better for the engine to have fresh oil in it than having dirty, broken down oil sitting for months. You should also make sure to protect internal parts against moisture by coating them with oil by removing spark plugs, putting a little oil in the holes and turning over the engine a few times before replacing the spark plugs.
  • Fuel System:To help prevent rust from building up, stop at the gas station closest to your storage location, add a fuel stabilizer and then top it off with gas. The short ride home will mix the gas and fuel stabilizer, allowing it to run through the entire system before storing.
  • Battery: Batteries self discharge when not being used for extended periods. To avoid this causing damage to your bike, it is a good idea to remove the battery and store in a cool, dry place.
  • Tires: Tires that sit in one spot for long periods develop flat spots. Putting your bike on a motorcycle stand to keep tires off the ground will help prevent this. If you do not have a stand, be sure to move the bike slightly every few weeks.
  • Pest Control:When your bike is sitting for a while, mice and other rodents have a tendency to take residence. Plug up your pipes to help keep vermin out.
  • Cover It Up: Once you have your motorcycle prepared for winter, its time to cover it up. If being stored outside, make sure the cover is tied down to keep it from blowing away. If being stored inside, the cover doesn't need to be tied down but should still be used to keep dust from settling.
Once you have you bike prepared for the long winter months, all you have to do is count down the days until you can feel the wind around you as you ride down the road again.

At Fleming & Riles Insurance, we know that your motorcycle is more than just a form of transportation; it's a sense of freedom. Call us today at (800) 833-4379 to find out more about themotorcycle insurance policies we offer.
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