The Best Way to Store a Motorcycle 

Best Way to Store A Motorcycle

If there’s one thing that the team here at Mini Mall Storage understands, it’s the importance of keeping your stuff safe and sound when you’re not using it. Motorcycles don’t come cheap, so it’s essential to ensure your ride is stored in style if you want it to be ready to roll when the weather is nice again. If your garage is overflowing, climate-controlled self-storage is your best bet for protecting your bike. Get ready to learn the secrets of giving your motorcycle the spa treatment it deserves while tucked away.  

Can You Store a Motorcycle in a Storage Unit? 

When it comes to storing vehicles of any kind, most people’s minds immediately go to a parking lot or garage. But self-storage units offer a much more secure environment, perfect for protecting your motorcycle from: 

  • Harsh weather 
    Extreme heat can damage hoses and crack fairings while freezing temperatures can ruin your battery and engine fluids—making indoor, climate-controlled storage the best option for protecting your bike. 
  • Pesty critters 
    Mice love to build nests in warm, sheltered places—like your bike’s saddlebag, seat, or in between the handlebars. Indoor storage helps deter these unwanted stowaways. 
  • Prying eyes 
    Can you put a price on the peace of mind that comes from knowing your motorcycle is safe from theft, vandalism, accidents, or mischief? Keep it safely tucked away from noseys and ne’er-do-wells with motorcycle storage.  

What Size Storage Unit is Best for a Motorcycle?  

Mini Mall Storage size guide for storing a motorcycle

The size of unit you need depends on your motorcycle and any extra gear you plan to store. Here’s a bit of a breakdown to help you find your ideal fit: 

  • 5×10 unit: Our 5×10, 50-square-foot spaces are a popular choice. They’re about the size of a large shed, offering ample space for most motorcycles, a helmet, riding jacket, and extra space for any other motorcycle accessories you might have. 
  • Upsize to a 10×10 unit: Our 10×10, 100-square-foot spaces are about half the size of a standard garage, so they’re not too big but not too small. If you have a touring motorcycle with saddlebags, multiple helmets, or other bulky gear, consider a larger unit for maximum comfort and move-around-ibility.  

How to Prep a Motorcycle for Storage 

Before tucking your bike in for a long nap during the winter months, take the time to do some prep work to ensure you can still enjoy a smooth ride when you wake it back up. Here are some of the most important steps to get your bike in top shape before storing it.  

Clean up: 

  • Give your motorcycle a good bath: This removes dirt, grime, dead bugs, and road salt that can lead to deterioration, rust, and corrosion. Apply a coat of protective wax finish if you want to go the extra mile and keep your bike looking brand new. 

Fluids and Fuel 

  • Fresh oil change: Used oil can become stagnant and acidic over time. Impurities and sediment can settle and harm internal components when you fire up the engine again in spring. Changing the oil before storing also leaves you with one less thing to do when you’re ready to take your bike back out on the road again come spring.  
  • Full tank & fuel stabilizer: Filling the tank can prevent exposed areas from corroding. Adding a fuel stabilizer takes prevention one step further and helps prevent corrosion inside the tank and fuel system. Fire up the engine after you add the fuel stabilizer, so the product has a chance to cycle through.  

Tire TLC 

  • Properly inflate the tires: Underinflated tires can develop flat spots during storage, so you’ll want to ensure your tires are adequately filled and no leaks are present.  
  • Use a center stand: If it’s possible, a better option is to use a center or jack stand while your bike is in storage to take the weight off the tires altogether.  

Battery Bliss 

  • Disconnect and clean the battery: Wipe with a damp towel to remove any dirt or grime that has built up. Once completely dry, spray each terminal with anti-corrosion spray to prevent deterioration while in storage. Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place for the best results.  

By following these steps, you can guarantee your motorcycle gets the rest, protection, and pampering it deserves so it’s ready to hit the road again when motorcycle season swings back around. So, ditch the dusty corners, weather-weary parking lots, and leaky garages. Mini Mall Storage offers a secure, climate-controlled environment that’s the perfect haven for your prized motorcycle.  

Visit a Mini Mall Storage location near you today and let our friendly staff help you find the perfect storage unit for your needs and budget. 

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