Leaving our motorcycle without operation for many days, months or even years can have negative consequences if we do not take some precautions. We leave you some tips so that your motorcycle stays stopped in the best conditions!
Store in a clean, dry, medium temperature indoor garage
The place where we will keep the motorcycle is important that it be a clean, dry space with an average temperature, ideally in an interior garage.
Rain has negative effects on the paint, it gradually worsens its deterioration. On the other hand, the asphalt accumulates dirt which rises when it rains thus attacking the body of our motorcycle. Other elements such as bird feces have a toxic and corrosive effect or mud that helps perpetuate moisture in the vehicle. Just as prolonged exposure to the sun can discolor the paint, high temperatures overheat the engine or lower temperatures can be harmful to the battery.
Rain, sun, humidity and extreme temperatures are some of the meteorological enemies that our motorcycles face when we leave them outside. But leaving her on the street also means exposing her to vandalism or robbery. If for whatever reason you cannot shelter it, you will always have the peace of mind of protecting your motorcycle with Mapit, which will notify you of any blow or movement suffered on your motorcycle.
Thoroughly clean before storing
Before leaving the motorcycle stopped during a while, we recommend you to keep it as clean as possible even in the most difficult areas where you would not normally clean and dirt accumulates for months or years.
How to clean the motorcycle?
Ideally we would start cleaning with the bike cold and in the shade. Using a sponge in soap and water, but taking care to cover the exhaust pipe. Also, we could use degreaser in some areas or specific products for tires. Finally, we would rinse it off with a hose.
But beware, washing vehicles on public roads is not allowed! Not being able to go to a washing center, if we do not have an adequate space we can use a damp cloth to remove dust, specialized wipes or other products that allow dry cleaning.
Finally, we will dry it with a cloth and we will finish by polishing it with wax to leave it shiny.
Leave the chain oiled after washing
Due to the use of detergents and degreasers during washing, the chain may be exposed to a greater possibility of oxidation. Likewise, when it is stopped for a while, it is recommended to grease the chain, with a spray for example (specific for each chain), to avoid seizure and thus ensure better conservation of the motorcycle.
Protect it with a cover case
We can store it with a protective cover or something that can protect it from dust, humidity and so.
It is important that this sea of natural fibers protect it from dust but at the same time have perspiration. I always sell moisture from the ground and more in basements, garages, etc. If we cover the motorcycle with a non-breathable cover, we are creating a greenhouse where we will condense the humidity.
Free the wheels from ground contact with center stand or lift
For the correct maintenance of the tires during the confinement time, the ideal will be to free the wheels from contact with the ground. A center stand or lift and not the kickstand will be the solution to avoid causing deformation and other damage over time.
It is a good time to check the depth of the tire drawings, their deterioration or their pressure according to the recommendations of each manufacturer. A motorcycle prepared for the return to the road!
Consult the manual and if you are able, disconnect the battery
One of the elements that suffers the most from a vehicle during a break is undoubtedly the battery. The invisible consumption caused by small components of the motorcycle can drain the battery until it is unrecoverable if we let a long period of time pass.
Durability will depend on each battery, but if we have the possibility, the best thing we can do is disconnect the battery to leave it isolated from the electrical system. We recommend consulting the motorcycle manual beforehand as some deprogram functions when they run out of battery.
We can also return it to its initial capacity (not its full charge) with the help of an external charger.
Check the liquids (oil, coolant…) when starting it
For the return it will be important to check that the oil levels are in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. As well as brake fluid or antifreeze.
Look at the kilometers in case you have a review with your workshop before returning
Have you already looked at how many kilometers your motorcycle has? How long has it been since you passed a review with your workshop?
If you have the Honda Mapit application you can see how many weeks you have left for the review and make an appointment with your official Honda workshop with just a few clicks.
You know, do not neglect your motorcycle, even if you have to leave it for a while without driving.