Things to do to protect your motorbike in winter
"As we have entered the chilly season, our two-wheelers need to be pampered so that they continue to offer optimum performance and stay our complaint-free companions."
As we have entered the chilly season, our two-wheelers need to be pampered so that they continue to offer optimum performance and stay our complaint-free companions.
Take these steps to winterize your motorcycle and keep it in excellent condition:
Use motorcycle cover
For those of you who do not have any other options than to leave your bike outside in the open, first and foremost, you can buy a cover.
However, a bike cover can protect the motorcycle to a certain extent.
Before covering up your motorcycle, make sure that your machine is dry as moisture will build up in the air surrounding the bike once the cover is on and that may be dangerous leading to damage.
One of the most important parts of a motorcycle that may see the maximum effect of winters is the battery.
Low temperatures affect the strength of batteries and increase the viscosity of the fluid inside.
The current needs to flow properly for the starting of the bike which gets difficult due to the thickened liquid and hence, the bike takes longer than normal to start.
The chain is one of the parts of a motorcycle that continuously keeps moving while you ride and hence, it demands special care and attention.
In winter, lube your chain every week, and rather than applying the lube generously and in long intervals, it’s better to apply little and more frequently.
The best time to lube is right after you come from a ride as doing so will ensure that the substance will go into the gaps.
During the winter season, the water in the radiator chills or freezes. In this case, add an anti-freeze or proper coolant to do the trick.
In the market, you can easily find readily mixed coolants that have been already mixed with all the required additives.
If the water on the system freezes on a cold night, you will have a hard time cranking up the engine and that is when an anti-freeze helps you keep away from all that hassle.
Keeping a Bike Clean
Cleaning your bike after a chilly winter ride might seem like a lot of effort, but it’s the key to keeping your bike rust-free and at its best.
Clean the undercarriage, wheels, and any gaps or crevices where salt and moisture might have got in.
Visibility is key in winter, so make sure the lights on your bike are kept clean and free from dirt.