This just in from the We Know It But We Just Don’t Always Do It Department: The Gold Eagle Company (parent company of Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer) learned in its national survey that, while 97 percent of consumers are aware that proper offseason storage will make waking up their vehicles to use next spring much easier, fully 75 percent still must deal with some difficulty returning their equipment to use. Clearly, they’re missing something in their winterizing process.
To help prevent these issues, the folks who manufacture Sta-Bil put together a simple winterizing tips list which may help you to avoid the spring-is-sprung-non-functioning-motorcycle blues:
- Clean Your Bike: Cleaning and properly rinsing your motorcycle will prevent it from corroding during the offseason.
- Remove the Battery: This is particularly important if your bike is stored in an area that freezes. Connect it to a smart charger, like the CTEK MUS 4.3 Battery Charger we tested.
- Stabilize Fuel: Although this list was sponsored by Sta-Bil, fuel stabilization is a vital step – particularly now that gas often has ethanol in it. Place one ounce of Sta-Bil per gallon of gas you want to treat, fill the tank all the way, and run the engine for a few minutes to circulate the treated gas. We’d still recommend draining the float bowls of carbureted bikes.
- Choose a Proper Storage Location: A cool, dry place is ideal – with an emphasis on dry. Covering your bike with a breathable cover will also help keep the finish fresh.