The A-Z Guide of preparing your Motorbike for the Winter Season

As snow is beginning to fall across the UK, it’s time to tuck in your motorbike or moped in for the winter and say goodbye to another riding season.  But before you do, spend a little time giving your bike some TLC to protect it whilst it is in storage and to make sure it’s ready and good condition to ride for next spring.

Have your prepared your Motorbike for the Winter Season?

Have your prepared your Motorbike for the Winter Season?

Not sure where to start? We have put together an A-Z Guide for preparing your motorbike for the Winter Season.

Air Filter This is a good time to clean and change the air filter of your bike.
Aluminium / Chrome Parts and Rims Cleaning the chrome and aluminium parts, then coating them with a good chrome polish will keep these areas relatively clean, and easier for Spring clean-up. To keep the tarnish off (especially on the aluminium), a coat of silicone lube will give some protection (to be washed off in the Spring).
Battery Use a battery conditioner during the Winter months. Remove the battery from the motorcycle. Clean the terminals. Check the fluid level (add if necessary). Hint: Use a flashlight to shine through the case to view the level. Attach a Battery Tender/ Trickle Charge to keep the battery in good shape. Place the battery on a wood plank (not directly on concrete).
Belt Drive The belt is often ignored until there is a problem. Check the belt for signs of wear and damage, and clean the belt with mild soap and water when washing your bike. Towel dry while inspecting. Belts typically last in excess of 50,000 miles.
Compressor Make sure your tires are properly inflated. If you have a compressor then deflate your tires first to expel any moisture, then inflate with clean compressed air. You should repeat this step before riding again in the spring.If possible, elevate your bike so both tires are not under load. This is especially important if the bike will be stored in freezing conditions. Make sure your bike is secure. Motorcycle lifts with bottle jacks have been known to fail when left under prolonged load.
Drive Chain Adjust per the specification. If you have a chain drive, lube the chain with chain lube or even a light grease (leave a note to clean excess in Spring). Put newspaper or cloth under this area to catch the drips.
Exhaust Pipes Prevent any Insects and bugs climbing into Exhaust Pipes, so stuff a clean rag in the end of your pipe, or cover with a plastic bag (secured with a rubber band). Leave a note to remove the rags in Spring. Note: A touch of fuel oil or WD-40 on the cloth or shop towel will discourage most critters from making a home in the pipe (with the rag). Be cautious on the amount of fuel oil or oil used. Dampen, not soaked, then stuff in the pipe(s).
Frame (and other painted areas) Apply a coat of wax on the painted areas of a bike to keep condensation from damaging the metal. Note: The frame is often neglected, but it should be waxed prior to winter storage just like other painted parts.
Gasoline Run Carb(s) out of Gasoline before winter storage, and add some gasoline stabilizer to your tank per the instructions. Also change the filter plug when storing your bike away.
Helmet Liner There are products advertised to “freshen” your helmet that work okay. However, a simpler and cheaper method is to use a little Ivory dish soap or Dr. Bonner’s Peppermint Oil Soap and warm water along with a soft bristle brush to clean and refresh your helmet foruse in the Spring. Note: A damp cloth rubbed around the inside does wonders every week or so. Allow the helmet to dry before using.
Location Store your Bike away from the window (light fades paint and cracks leather).
Leather Eagle One Carnuba Leather Cream – This is one of the best leather conditioners on the market. No petroleum products added. Apply  this to your leather seat, tank (leather) bib, and backrest. Note: Several light coats are much better than a single heavy one. Buff with a soft cloth after the conditioner/cleaner has dried. Note: When your leather gets wet, a light coat of Lexol is an excellent way to condition and preserve the leather from water damage.
Mudguard Extenders Fit mudguard extenders to protect the bike from being ‘sandblasted’ by salt and road grit
Oil Change and Lube It is good to change motorcycle oil prior to Winter storage. Change, then run it for a few minutes to get the new oil coated on the engine.Also lube moving parts (cables, etc.) with recommended lubricants.
Radiator Check your radiator levels, add aluminium safe antifreeze as necessary.
Stabilizer Moisture collects during storage and fuel can go a little off because of it. Filling the tank, adding the stabilizer and running the engine for ten minutes can minimize this effect.
Storage Try not to cover your motorcycle with a cover as although it will protect the bike from dust, it will cause condensation from forming on your bike, but it keeps dust, etc. off your bike.Instead – Make sure you store your motorcycle in a safe and secure place.  If you don’t already have a suitable area, e.g. a garage or secure shed – the Asgard Motorbike Garage is a secure and convenient alternative.  For more information, visit the Asgard Motorbike Storage range here.
Temperature Gauge Take out your “temp gauge oil” dipstick (if you have one). Put in the original for the Winter. Store the “temp gauge” in a moderately warm place. Write down that you need to reinstall the dipstick in the Spring.  If you have other (removable) equipment, do the same with it. Exposing to extreme low temperatures may affect sensitive “gauges” during Winter months.
Tire Pressure Check the tire pressure. Adjust as needed and leave a note to check in Spring.
Vinyl Clean vinyl with a vinyl cleaner, then use a vinyl protector. There are several on the market. Buff with a soft cloth when dry.
Wash Bike Thoroughly Your motorcycle needs a thorough wash job before storage. Blow dry with a leaf blower, and then towel off excess water.
Windshield Splat! – This windshield cleaner is safe for windshields and does a great job removing bugs. Note: You need to get the bugs and bug parts off as soon as possible regularly.  As well as being harder to clean when dry, Bugs have chemicals that can etch your paint and damage your windshield.

(Article SourceMotorcycle Winterizing Tips )

Have any other suggestions for storing your winter bike? Share your hints and tips with us by commenting below and we will add it to our Guide.

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How to avoid the most common motorcycle accidents

In 2011, 362 motorcycle users were killed on Britain’s roads. This may seem like common sense, but when you are out on your motorbike it is important to ride safe. This allows you to protect yourself and the people around you. According to research, there are 5 common motorcycle crashes that can be avoided.

The 5 most common types of motorcycle crash are:

  • Failure to negotiate left hand bend on country A road
  • Failure to negotiate right hand bend on country A road
  • Collision at junctions
  • Collision while overtaking
  • Loss of control

Navigating bends on country roads

Some bends on country roads are smooth and even, others are tight. If you approach a bend at too high a speed you will find yourself with a major problem. If in doubt, it is best to lose speed before the bend to give yourself more time to react.

Ride safe

Ride safe while on your motorbike

How to avoid collisions while overtaking

With overtaking it is important to know how your bike accelerates, as well as being able to judge speed and distance.

Don’t overtake when approaching:

  • Bends
  • Junctions
  • Lay-bys
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Hills

When filtering past slow moving traffic, do so with care as other drivers will have reduced visibility and may pull out in front of you.

How to avoid loss of control

Help prevent losing control when on your motorbike.  You should:

  • Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front
  • Adjust your driving style to suit the weather conditions
  • Be aware of hazards
  • Pay attention to road signs

Summer motorcycle routes

The beautiful summer weather we’re having here won’t last long! So now is the best time to make sure you get out and enjoy your motorbike. What could be a better way to spend a long summer day? Why not try something different and go somewhere new. If you need a little inspiration, take a look at some of these motorcycle routes from all over the UK.

Horsham to Hastings

65 miles

This South Coast route provides plenty of beautiful scenery along the way, which is perfect for the summer weather. This may not be the longest route, but there are plenty of places to stop off along the way, allowing you to turn this into a long day trip or weekend adventure.

Barnstaple to Exmoor National Park

90 miles

This route will give you wonderful views of the coast and the National Park. With scenery so good, you might have to stop just to take it all in! Full of steep climbs, drops and corners, this ride will be far from dull!

Motorcycle routes

Washington to Hawes

65 miles

Hawes is an area that is a favourite with a lot of bikers. What could be better than travelling by bike into the Yorkshire dales on a glorious sunny day? You’ll have plenty to see along the way, with lots of little villages to stop off in.

Norwich to Fakenham

25 miles

This may only be a short route, but by one biker this has been described as ‘the best road in the world’! An excellent road surface, with fantastic corners and rural scenery, what more could you ask for?

Summer motorbike rides

Gilpin Bridge to Bowness-on-Windermere

10 miles

A quiet route, which is free of tourists, is perfect for getting some real speed. This hidden gem, may not be very long but with sweeping corners, twists and turns you’ll be glad you chose this route.

Blairgowire to Ballater

50 miles

This fast route is bendy with wide open views. On this route you’ll see mountains and forest, so make sure you stop and give yourself time to take in the amazing views.  This route is best saved for the warm weather, so perfect for this time of year.

The Classic Motorcycle Magazine take a look at the Asgard Motorcycle Storage Shed

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Old Bike Mart Magazine review the Asgard Motorcycle Garage

The Asgard Motorcycle Garage has been reviewed again, this time the press coverage has been given by Old Bike Mart Magazine.

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Here’s a peak at what Old Bike Mart thought;

“The shed went together easier than expected, requiring minimal tools..”

“(the doors) open and shut perfectly”

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Asgard Motorcycle storage

The Asgard Motorcycle garage is made from strong weatherproof steel and is the ONLY motorcycle garage approved by the UK Locksmith Association. This metal garage has been designed to provide secure storage for your motorbike and accessories. Fitted with high security features including a 5 point locking system, with a pick resistant locking mechanism and reinforced doors, hinges and panels to keep your valuable motorbike protected from theft.

View the full range of motorcycle storage from Asgard.

Storing your motorbike securely

This large motorcycle garage from Asgard offers fantastic security for your motorbike and accessories.

Large Motorcycle Garage

Large Motorcycle Garage

1. Galvanised steel

This Asgard motorcycle garage is made from strong weatherproof steel, the same as all Asgard metal storage units.

2. Large double doors

Fitted with large double doors for easy access inside the garage.

3. Easy assembly

This garage comes with easy to follow step by step instructions. An assembly service is also available.

4. Hook Rail

The provided hook rail is ideal for hanging helmets and leathers.

5. Metal shed 10 year warranty

Asgard sheds come with a 10 year warranty as standard.

6. Heavy duty ramp

The heavy duty ramp allows you to ride your motorbike straight inside the garage.

7. Integral metal floor and protective wooden floor

This motorcycle garage is fitted with an integral metal floor and supplied with a protective wooden subfloor, to keep motorbike tyres in the best condition.

8. Tough 5 point locking system

Fitted with a tough 5 point locking system to keep your motorcycle safe.

9. Vented side panel

Our motorcycle garage features vented side panels, which allow exhaust vapours to escape.

10. UK Locksmiths  Association Approved

The Asgard motorcycle garage is the only Locksmith Association Approved Motorcycle Garage in the UK

What is the best way to store a motorbike?

The Asgard motorcycle garage is the ONLY Locksmith Association approved motorcycle garage in the UK. Take a look at the following key features:

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Asgard Motorcycle Garage key features

1. Galvanised steel

This Asgard motorcycle garage is made from strong weatherproof steel, the same as all Asgard metal storage units.

2. Vented side panel

Our motorcycle garage features vented side panels, which allow exhaust vapours to escape.

3. Easy assembly

This garage comes with easy to follow step by step instructions. An assembly service is also available.

4. Metal shed 10 year warranty

Asgard sheds come with a 10 year warranty as standard.

5. Large double doors

Fitted with large double doors for easy access inside the garage.

6. Integral metal base and protective wooden floor

This motorbike garage is fitted with an integral metal base and supplied with a protective wooden subfloor.

7. Hook Rail

The provided hook rail is ideal for hanging helmets and leathers.

8. Heavy duty ramp

The heavy duty ramp allows you to ride your motorbike straight inside the garage.

9. Tough 5 point locking system

Fitted with a tough 5 point locking system to keep your motorcycle safe.

10. UK Locksmiths  Association Approved

The Asgard motorcycle garage is the only Locksmith Association Approved Motorcycle Garage in the UK.