De-Winterizing your Motorcycle

March 19th, 2019 by

Several months ago, we helped you get your bike ready for winter. But you see that? Peaking through your blinds? It’s the sun! Springtime is just around the corner and you’re probably itching to pull your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle out of storage again. Time to undo everything we had you do before the winter. Harley-Davidson® of Yuba City has provided another guide to help you with this, but if you have additional questions, then stop by our location near Sacramento, California to chat with a member of our staff.

Close Inspection
The first step you’ll want to take is to thoroughly inspect your Harley-Davidson® bike. Every inch and nook and cranny need to be checked for signs of damage and other issues you’ll want to take care of before hitting the road. Anything you did to winterize your bike and get it ready for storage, you’ll need to undo now. And keep in mind, just because something doesn’t look like a big deal right now, doesn’t mean it won’t get worse.

Once your finished preparing your bike for riding, make your first ride an easy one. Cruise around the cities of Rocklin and Lincoln and feel out the performance of your bike. You’ll know best if something isn’t performing the way it should.

Checking for Infestations
The biggest threat to your bike when you’re away from it (especially for long periods of time) is infestations. Pests can nestle themselves inside the various empty spaces and start to breed. We’re queasy just thinking about it. Even if you stuffed the tailpipe and removed all the storage boxes, you’ll want to thoroughly check for pests that may have weathered the winter with the help of your motorcycle.

Fluids Check
When everything looks to be in good working order, it’s time to turn to the fluids. Inspect your oil and replace or refill as needed. Even if you think it should be fine, it can’t hurt to check. Also check your brake fluid, both in the front and rear reservoirs, and the transmission fluid. Replace or refill as needed.

Hopefully you removed your battery from your motorcycle. If you left it connected, you might be looking at a dead one. Either way, test its charge to see what kind of power your motorcycle is working with. Recharge the battery if needed and then reconnect.

Your tires play an important role in your efficiency and safety. The extreme temperatures of the winter might have left them a little worse for wear. Start by checking the tire pressure and making sure it falls within the recommended psi range as provided in your owner’s manual. Adjust the levels if you need to.

While you’re doing this, inspect the tread. Look for signs of excessive wear or damage or anything else that might lead you to replace your wheels before spending too much time on the road.

Everything we’ve told you is pretty basic, but your motorcycle is far from basic. It’s a complex machine with many moving parts and even the most skilled riders may not have all the answers or tools to solve every problem that shows up. That’s where a professional mechanic comes in. If you find yourself scratching your head over a motorcycle that’s acting up, simply contact a pro and they’ll get you back on the road in no time. You can also schedule a maintenance appointment to get a second opinion on the state of your ride after storage.

Not sure where you can find a trustworthy service department and qualified technician? Look no further than Harley-Davidson® of Yuba City. We have a dedicated service department and team of technicians you can count on to get the job done, and get it done right. We proudly serve Sacramento, Rocklin, and Lincoln, California.