Winterizing your Harley Davidson Part Two

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson should have been done before the snow started to fall, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will have gotten a few tips about winterizing your Harley Davidson. However, with six more weeks of winter on the horizon, there is still plenty of time to get your bike in good shape before the spring thaw.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Clean-Sand, dirt and road salt will corrode and damage the metal surfaces on your bike, especially if you store your Harley Davidson for five or six months. Clean your bike before you put her to bed for the winter.

Lubricate-Lubricate the chain, cables and any other moving parts with a metal protector on both the drive train and the frame as this will help prevent rust on exposed areas that are scratched or pitted. However, as Jim would like to reiterate, NEVER use WD-40 on your bike, never, ever, ever…

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Check the Tires-Be sure that your tires are inflated properly before winterizing your Harley Davidson. If you own a compressor, deflate first to get rid of moisture before inflating with clean air. You should also do this before you take your first ride this spring.

If possible, Travels with Harley recommends that you elevate your Harley Davidson when you are winterizing during the winter to keep the tires from being under load. This is extremely important if you store your bike in below freezing conditions. Make sure it is secure as both bottle jacks and motorcycle lifts can fail if left to sit for too long.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Cover Your Bike-Even if you are storing your Harley Davidson indoors, it still needs to be covered with a motorcycle cover that is allowed to breath. Don’t use plastic, as you do not want moisture trapped between the metal surfaces on your bike and the plastic. If you are storing your Harley Davidson in a barn or someplace that isn’t protected, you want to make sure that you keep it safe from rodents or any other creature that may decide to make your storage shed or outdoor building home for the winter.

Winterizing your Harley Davidson

Winterizing your Harley Davidson can go a long way when it comes to protecting your investment, especially if you want to have a bike to ride this spring.

In the next Travels with Harley Blog, we’ll share some great Spring rides to help ride out the rest of winter.

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.