Motorcycle Storage | How to Store Your Motorcycle in Self Storage

Motorcycle Storage | How to Store Your Motorcycle in Self Storage

While motorcycles are fun to ride, there occasionally comes a time when you need to place your motorcycle in self-storage. Whether it’s just for the cold seasons, or it’s going to be more long-term, there are several steps to take to prepare your bike for proper storage so it doesn’t deteriorate.

Parking Spot or Enclosed Unit?

First, determine whether you want to keep your motorcycle in a parking spot or in an enclosed storage unit. There are pros and cons to each choice, and the one you ultimately choose will depend on your budget and preferences for storage.

While an enclosed unit (typically outdoors) offers the most protection from the elements and weather, it can also be the more expensive option, unless your plan is to store it inside a garage or shed on your property. Indoor storage units that you can rent don’t always allow storage of vehicles. However, if you are looking for storage in NYC or another large metro area, renting a unit for motorcycle storage may be your only option. An outdoor parking space, on the other hand, can be convenient and is usually less expensive as well. You also have the option of storing another vehicle with it if needed. If you’re storing outside, make sure that the storage area is away from trees and other falling debris. In addition, if you choose to store your motorcycle outside, you’ll need to invest in a good quality cover for it.

Choosing a Cover

You’ll want to choose a motorcycle cover that’s going to cover the entire bike and all its accessories. Whether you store it outside or inside, a cover is a good idea to protect your bike’s mechanical components and keep it looking cosmetically appealing.

If you’re storing the motorcycle in an enclosed unit, then a cheaper one might be fine as it’ll just keep dust off and protect it from any potential water leakage. If it’s being stored outside, on the other hand, you’ll need to make sure to get one that has a snug fit so it won’t blow off as well as one that’s made of high-quality materials that resist fading and wear from the sun, wind, and rain.

Mechanical Steps for Proper Storage

Before storing your motorcycle for the season, such as just for the winter, be sure to add fuel stabilizer to any fuel that may be left in the tank. If you’re storing it for a longer period, such as a year or more, draining the gas may be a better option. Be sure to drain it from the carburetor bowl as well.

Also be sure to disconnect your motorcycle’s battery. It’ll help the battery last longer so it doesn’t drain as quickly. However, when you go to start it back up again, you should be prepared for it to need a jump start or a new battery entirely. The battery may be better off kept at home on a battery tender so it can maintain its charge.

While storing your motorcycle, be sure to put it on its center stand if it has one. If it doesn’t have one, consider purchasing and installing a center stand before you store it. Using center stands helps to keep the weight off the tires, preventing unwanted flat spots.

These basic steps will protect your motorcycle for future years of riding. Be sure to check out our additional tips as you move your motorcycle into storage.

Moving Long Distance With Your Motorcycle

Moving Long Distance With Your Motorcycle

For better or worse, there will likely come a time in your life where you’re faced with making a move across the country. As a motorcycle owner though, you are faced with a different set of challenges and decisions to make when it comes to determining your moving plans.

To Ride… or Not To Ride

We know that you love the open road and the thought of a 1,000-mile ride is nothing for many of our readers. So, you might think, that it’s best to let the movers take care of the less valuable possessions. The motorcycle, however, is best left to your own care, right? Depending on the length of your journey and whether you have a primary car that you will be trying to move as well, riding your bike to your new home can be a great way to start a life transition on a good night. With most long distance moves, the movers will consolidate your household items with several other people that are moving in the same general direction as you. This means that they won’t be driving directly from your old house to the new one. They will be stopping at other places along the way both picking up and dropping off. The typical move can leave you without your belongings for 2-3 weeks. This may be bad news for some, but if you’re riding your bike across the country and want to take the time to explore, this gives you several extra weeks to take your time.

To Ship… or Not To Ship

You love your motorcycle and want to make absolutely certain that it gets taken care of. If you’re not personally riding it to your new home, you still have plenty of options. Check out this source for reliable long distance moving companies that can help you get estimates on both your options and prices for making a cross country move. While there are several dedicated companies that specialize in moving cars and motorcycles, most of your traditional moving companies can also help you arrange this and bake it into your total moving costs. If you’re worried about damages, ask your mover for an increased insurance policy to make absolutely certain that your bike will be protected no matter what happens during transit.

Things to Know when Moving Your Motorbike

Things to Know when Moving Your Motorbike

As a motorcycle owner, there are important things you had to learn that the average person doesn’t know. For example, you must know how to ride more defensively than you would drive a car, and you need to be aware of maintenance procedures that may not be necessary for other vehicles. However, what you might not know is what should do when it’s time to relocate. While some motorcycles are built to handle a cross-country trip to your new home, that may not be an option for other models. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you moving a motorbike, but these tips should help make things a little easier.

Whether or Not It’s a Good Idea to Ride to a New Home

If you’re not moving very far from your current residence, you should be able to simply ride your bike to your new home. This certainly saves a lot of time and money since you don’t have to pay to ship your bike or make a second trip to retrieve it. On the other hand, this is only a viable option if you aren’t moving very far or if you have a bike that was built for long-distance trips. Know what your motorbike can handle as far as mileage before you make the trip. Even if you can drive it a long distance, the amount of money you spend on gas may not be worth it in the long run.

Importance of Preparing Your Bike for Shipping

If it turns out that you need to transport your bike in another way, you will need to prepare it for shipping. Check with your bike’s manufacturer to learn the proper way to do this. At the very least, you should drain the fuel tank so it is less than a quarter full. If you’re shipping your bike internationally, you will also need to disconnect all your battery cables, tape the battery posts, and remove the main fuse. This will preserve the battery so you can ride it as soon as you get to your destination (international shipping can take over a month).

When you drain your fuel tank and disconnect your battery, take the time to unlock your forks, put the bike in neutral, and empty the saddle bags. Since things can happen even if you take every precaution, take pictures of your bike before you have it shipped to your new home. If you notice any damage once your bike arrives at its destination, you will have the pictures to prove that it was damaged during transport.

Use the Correct Equipment to Move Your Bike

If you’re transporting your motorcycle by truck, make sure it is secured tightly with Cycle Cynch straps or something similar. If your bike is secured properly, you shouldn’t have to worry about problems such as bent handlebars or broken accessories.

If you ship your bike via a moving company, recommends making sure they load it into a wooden or metal pallet. This will keep it secure and safe from shifting or falling debris, and it will make it easier to load and unload using a forklift. It’s a simple solution, but it is one that will make the transportation process much easier on both yourself and your bike.

With a little preparation, your bike will be ready to ride when arrive at your new home. Now get out there and explore all the roads you’ve never ridden.

Most Legendary Motorbike Endurance Racers of All Time

Most Legendary Motorbike Endurance Racers of All Time

Adventurous motorbike riders sometimes challenge themselves to long endurance rides across difficult terrain. While many endurance riders participate in organized racing events, others travel solo across uncharted territory, paving the way for future races. Some people who pioneer long rides have established world records as the first riders to document their accomplishments. Some gain fame from their rides, joining an elite group of riders with legendary status.

Just consider a few of the most acclaimed motorbike endurance riders:

1. Nick Sanders

Briton Nick Sanders established a world record for the speed with which he rode his motorbike around the world. Sanders journeyed an incredible 19,930 miles in the amazingly brief period of just 31 days and 20 hours. He had previously circumnavigated the world four times, twice on a bicycle and twice on a motorcycle, but this was by far the fastest he had ever done it. After his record-setting performance, he formulated the Motorcycle World Challenge to blaze a path for other endurance riders.


2. Benka Pulko

A biologist with training in massage therapy, Slovenian Benka Pulko set a Guinness World Record for completing the longest solo female motorcycle journey. In 1997, she set out to travel 111,856 miles on her motorbike over a 2,000-day ride. In addition to setting impressive records, Benka became the first woman to travel alone by bike across Saudi Arabia, and the first woman to journey on a motorbike in Antarctica. Today, you can immerse yourself in her adventure with her 220-page coffee table book filled with pictures from her journey.

3. Dave Barr

Born in 1952, Dave Barr received induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000. A double amputee with two prosthetic legs due to a land mine explosion in Angola, the former military officer traveled around the world during a 3.5-year journey on a motorbike. Later, he conducted two long rides which established Guinness World Records. He completed the first (and fastest) solo motorbike journey across 9,375 miles from Le Conquet, France to Vladivostock, Russia. In 2002, he spent eight weeks riding across Australia on his bike.

4. Simon and Monika Newbound

Simon and Monika Newbound rode their motorbikes together on a trip through 54 nations during an effort to establish a new world record while raising money for a children’s hospital. Their epic journey took them across 113,700 miles and secured them the top spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.


5. Colton Haaker

American Colton Haaker has become a spokesperson for Husqvarna Motorcycles after competing successfully in a number of formal motorbike endurance events sponsored by the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (“FIM”). He has ridden his FC350 in the Endurocross, the Extreme Enduro, and the Super Enduro, becoming one of the most consistent athletes in the field.

Many of these legendary motorbike endurance enthusiasts have written about their experiences, encouraging other riders to take up the sport of long distance motorbike riding. While motorcycle endurance racing only developed as a formal racing sport recently, it appears poised to attract a growing number of participants in the future.


Top 5 Endurance Races in the World

Top 5 Endurance Races in the World

Endurance racing has become a popular racing genre across the spectrum of motorsports, from sport bikes to automobiles. Here we’ll look at five of the top endurance races in the world:

 1. Bol d’Or

The first and most famous of endurance races began at the Bol D’Or in 1922 and featured bikers who rode nonstop for 24 hours, breaking neither for gas nor meals. Its first champion, Tony Zind, covered a total of 1245.63 kilometers on a 500cc Motosacoche. Today’s races are now split between teams of 3, with the record currently held by a Suzuki’s 1999 team. The event has become a popular stage for brands like Honda and Kawasaki to demonstrate the sheer power and ability of amazing racing machines.

Teams in the Bol d'Or race for 24 hours straight in an endurance race that tests both man and machine.
Teams in the Bol d’Or race for 24 hours straight in an endurance race that tests both man and machine.

Although featured over the decades at various prominent tracks throughout France, recently completed renovations at the circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet have returned motorsport competitors to what many believe is the rightful home of the Bol D’Or. Paul Ricard was host to this historical race for years leading up to its closing in 1978, but new reconstruction has promised now bigger, better track conditions.

2. 24 Hours of Le Mans

This event has been a spectacle for racing fans since 1923, making it the oldest active sports car race in the world. Its unique focus on the endurance of not only the driver but also the condition and fuel economy of the vehicle itself has earned it the nickname “Gran Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”. Competitors on the Circuit de la Sartha attempt to navigate this 5,233-kilometer route in sports cars capable of maintaining minimal mechanical damage despite a full day’s worth of constant top speed action.

3. 24 Hours of Liege

The original racing track at Spa-Francorchamps featured just under 10 miles of scenic raceway marked with steep inclines, sharp turns, and public roads marked with dangerous obstacles that made the 24 Hours of Liege endurance race infamous. Numerous competitors died crashing into walls, houses, and various markers throughout the towns. Finally, the circuit was deemed too treacherous and was closed. In later years, due to growing interest and demand, a newly modified version of the track was opened. Racers now compete on a shorter map, equally intense but substantially less deadly.

4. Suzuka 8 Hour

In 1978, the racing world welcomed the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race. Because it required no international racing license, high numbers of motorcycle manufacturers from around the world entered to compete and display their powerful new racing machines. In early years, most manufacturers would form racing teams of high caliber riders to compete, allowing the Suzuka 8 Hour to become one of the fastest paced, high speed endurance races of all time. European interest in the event has waned in recent years, but thousands of ecstatic motorbike enthusiasts still appear to support their favorite racers.

The Suzuka 8 Hour has captured the attention of speed-loving fans since 1978.
The Suzuka 8 Hour has captured the attention of speed-loving fans since 1978.

5. Albacete 8 Hours

Southeast of Madrid, endurance racing championships take on an all new form. The Albacete circuit is significantly shorter than the lengthy day long challenges of the previously mentioned competitions, but the skill and talent involved is no less striking. This race is filled with short 50-minute bursts of intense high-speed racing that delivers intense competition.