With the onset of cold weather, you’re probably starting to think about that dark day when you’ll have to store your motorcycle for the winter. Months of inactivity aren’t good for fuel systems, batteries or even tires. If you can’t keep your bike’s tires off the ground, for example, they may develop flat spots by spring. To prepare for the big chill, consult our complete guide to winterizing your bike.
Option 1: Weatherproof Covers
Don’t have the space or the cash to store your bike indoors? The waterproof Speed-Way MTS-GRY Sport Shelter is a telescoping, lockable cover that unfolds over your bike. No tools required to assemble and it comes with tie-downs, ventilation and a storage bag. While not intended for super-cold weather, The Nelson-Rigg Deluxe All Season motorcycle cover is a low-cost first layer of defense – water-repellant, with a windshield liner to protect against scratching and a highly portable compression bag.
Option 2: Bike in a Bubble
Why just cover your bike, when you can seal it completely? The concept is basically a balloon inflated around your bike. Maintained by a fan the device keeps the air inside dry and filtered, while keeping dust and moisture out. The see-through CarCapsule 8 Foot Indoor Inflatable cover comes with an oil-resistant base mat and fan that filters the air and regulates the temperature. Another option is the Carcoon Bike Bubble, available in see-through or colored versions. It also pressurizes the air to sustain a mini-biodome around your bike and has battery backup in case of power failure.
Option 3: Dedicated Sheds
For a more permanent solution, bike sheds come in various sizes and usually require a level concrete slab foundation. If you have more than one bike, consider going big with the Lifetime 15’ x 8’ Outdoor Storage Shed with Shutters, Windows and Skylights. Or, The Barnyard from a Pennsylvania/Maryland retailer of pre-made Amish wooden sheds. If you’d prefer to be more discreet (and save some money), look into the Arrow Yardsaver 4’ x 10’ Shed or the 159-cubic foot Rubbermaid Plastic Large Outdoor Storage Shed.
Option 4: Garage Rentals
It could be that the best option for you is to store your motorcycle somewhere else entirely. For a fee, some motorcycle shops will store your bike for the winter. A shop may even offer (also for a fee) extra services you may need—including winterizing your bike and preparing it for use in the spring. Another solution is a self-storage company. National chains offer climate controlled environments, 24-hour video surveillance and electronic gated access.
Caring for your motorcycle is one way of protecting it; making sure you’re covered on the road is another. From collision coverage to roadside assistance, Nationwide offers a full range of motorcycle insurance options that will keep you riding.