Winterizing Your Harley Davidson For Storage

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson is important. Although some people who live in warmer states may not need to winterize their bike, these tips can still help keep your Harley, or any other motorcycle, in tiptop shape.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Stabilize your Fuel

If you are winterizing your Harley Davidson, it is important to remember that today’s unleaded fuel has a three to four week shelf life before it starts to deteriorate. Some riders feel that draining the gas tank and the float bowl is all that is required, however, Travels with Harley believes that there is no way to completely get the fuel out of the carburetor jets or the small passages. Jim likes to add fuel stabilizer to a full tank of gas before running it for about 15 minutes to stabilize the fuel throughout our Road Kings engine. This helps prevent any residual fuel from oxidizing.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Change the Oil

Once you have warmed your Harley up after stabilizing the fuel, change the oil as contaminants and residual fuel will begin to oxidize after inactivity and storage. Changing the oil when you are winterizing your Harley Davidson, guarantees fresh lubrication when you fire up your bike in the spring. Make sure that you use good quality oil, as it will survive well into the next riding season. Run your Harley for five minutes or so to evenly disburse the oil.

winterizing your Harley Davidson

Battery Preparation

It is imperative that you keep lead acid batteries charged throughout the year if you want to prolong the life of the battery. Attach a charger or battery tender that will not overcharge the battery. You can use a trickle charger, but be careful not to run it for more than 30 minutes every day. You can use an appliance timer as well. If you are storing your Harley, remove the battery and keep it in a warm and dry place making sure to keep it charged throughout the off-season.

If you are one of the lucky ones who can ride all year round, enjoy, but for those who can’t, Travels with Harley will share some additional winterizing your Harley Davidson tips.