Winter weather is hard on skin, trouble for lips, and a disaster for hands. The cold, dry air saps the moisture from body parts that need it the most, replacing it with a cracked surface that looks, and feels, like roasted turkey skin.
And our bodies have a way of replenishing. Imagine how hard the winter can be on your motorcycle.
Bikes, with all of their exposed mechanical parts humming and meshing together, are subject to severe winter damage. Even if they are garaged at night, they must be protected in ways that aren’t necessary for cars. Here are some of Gildshire Magazines’ best ideas for winterizing and protecting your best ride.
1. Stop the Rot. Unless you are storing your bike in a dry, heated garage all winter, corrosion is a constant lurking danger. The effect it has on your bike’s appearance is catastrophic! But it isn’t just the appearance that suffers. The performance and longevity will suffer, as well. Stop water and the muddy, salty filth it washes into every corner of your bike with protective barrier products. Specialist spray or brush on potions like ACF-50 aren’t cheap but they work really well! A more utilitarian but equally effective approach is using grease or Waxoyl to coat chassis components. But be careful. It’s easy to make a greasy mess if you do it yourself.
2. Protect the Connects. Modern motorcycle electronics are pretty tough. But “tough” isn’t “waterproof.” Use a quality water-dispersing spray on any connector block, bullet terminal, spade connector or earth point you can access. Don’t forget to protect vulnerable electronic components. Switchgear can suffer from water ingress, and brake light switches are simple, cheaply made components. They can prove to be a serious headache if they go south during a cold night ride.