Preparing Your Motorcycle for the Off Season

Although Pismo Beach, CA is usually warm, it gets cold enough in the winter that riding a motorcycle can be too chilly for some. If you’re not going to be riding, Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc recommends winterizing your motorcycle with these steps.

Change out Your Oil

Older oil collects contaminants that corrode the interior of a vehicle. Frequent oil changes should be a part of any vehicle’s maintenance, but doing it as part of winterizing keeps your motorcycle from sitting in as many corrosives.

Fill the Gas Tank

Many of the active elements of gas will evaporate in just a month or two. This leaves behind gas that doesn’t do its job and a residue that clogs the interior. Filling up the tank and adding a fuel stabilizer prevents that from happening, plus you don’t have to stop by the gas station in the spring.

Remove and Charge the Battery

Even though it’s extra work, charging your battery over the winter will improve its performance and lifespan.

Give Your Bike a Thorough Cleaning

Before you stick your motorcycle in the garage, treat it to a wash. Dirt and other inconspicuous residues can damage paint, tarnish chrome, and cause rusting. Once you’ve got the motorcycle clean and in its resting location, cover it up to preserve your work.

Check Your Insurance

When you don’t plan on driving your motorcycle, you don’t need the same level of insurance. Check with your insurance to make sure you have a reduced rate and to see if they have a lay-up policy that covers hazards like fire and theft without temporarily unneeded road coverage. Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc in Pismo Beach, CA is happy to help our customers with any questions about their policy or help new customers find one that works for them.