Millions of American own and enjoy riding motorcycles. The freedom of the open road is exhilarating on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, most people can’t always ride their motorcycle, which means that people need a place to store it. Whatever type of motorcycle storage you choose, ensuring your ride is safe and secure is critical and the information below will help you do exactly that. Read on to discover your storage options and keep your ride in perfect shape while it’s being stored.
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What’s the Best Way to Store My Motorcycle?
There are several methods of storing a motorcycle, although some will cost more than others. Below you’ll see the different methods you can use and determine the best fit for your situation.
Your home’s garage is the best, most convenient place to store your motorcycle. There are several reasons, but the three most important are security, affordability, and convenience. Of course, this option might not be available if you live in an apartment.
A Standalone Motorcycle Garage
Building a small garage just for your motorcycle is a great way to store it if you have the funds and space. However, this isn’t the best solution for motorcycle owners who may not have the funds or space.. This storage option is one of the safest, though.
A Vehicle Trailer
If you have the space in your driveway or parking lot, storing your motorcycle in a trailer is an option. There are several caveats, however, including the need for the trailer to be well-sealed and secured. (It’s far too easy to rob an entire trailer, and many do.)
If you have a driveway, storing your motorcycle there is an option, but it’s not the best option. First, your ride will be very exposed to the elements. Second, it will be exposed to criminals. While this option is cheap and convenient, especially if you ride daily, it’s the least safe and secure way to store a motorcycle and one that can cause the most damage to its parts. A motorcycle cover is also a necessity if you store your motorcycle in the driveway.
Is it OK to Store a Motorcycle in a Storage Unit?
One of the many reasons that Americans rent storage units is to store their motorcycle. Storing a motorcycle in a storage unit is 100% legal, very safe, and highly secure. Like a garage, a storage unit will protect your motorcycle from rain, hail, sleet, snow, and sun. Also, if you choose the right storage facility, your motorcycle will be secure behind electronic gates and 24/7 video security. Most storage facilities also have extended entrance hours so you can grab your motorcycle and take a ride.
Additionally, many storage facilities feature outside motorcycle storage under a protective roof. It’s a good combination of safety and security but for a lower price since you only rent a small parking space.
Best Practices for Storing a Motorcycle Long-Term
Wherever you decide to store your motorcycle, if you’re storing it long-term, there are several things you need to do to your ride first. These practices are especially essential if putting your cycle away for winter storage.
Clean your Motorcycle Thoroughly
Cleaning gunk, bird poop, and other dirt off your ride is critical before long-term storage. For example, the acid from bird poop can cause problems for your paint, and left-on stains might become permanent.
Change the Oil
Fresh lubrication will help keep your motorcycle’s engine in better shape over the long term. It will also help prevent engine corrosion.
Top Off the Fuel Tank
Filling your fuel tank will prevent condensation from forming in the tank while it’s stored. Also, put in a bottle of fuel stabilizer to ensure your fuel system stays clean.
Disconnect the Battery
Disconnect the battery completely and, if possible, bring it home and put it on a trickle charger until you ride again. (Or a battery tender if you have one.)
Put it On Blocks
For long-term storage over a year, elevate your motorcycle to take the weight off your tires. This practice will often prevent them from going flat or getting flat spots. You might also consider stuffing the exhaust pips with rags to keep out critters.
Store your Belongings Safely with StorAmerica Self Storage
Whether you’re only storing your prized motorcycle or a variety of other stuff, StorAmerica Self Storage can help. We offer indoor and outdoor motorcycle storage at our storage facilities. We also offer car storage and RV/boat storage, both indoors and out.
If you’re unsure what to put in a storage unit, give one of our managers a call. They will help you with any questions and give you info about our monthly rentals. Whatever you need to store, find your storage solution with StorAmerica Self Storage. Call or contact StorAmerica today for all your self storage needs.