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As winter quickly approaches, it is important to take steps in properly maintaining your motorcycle to prevent it from getting affected by the ravages of winter.  Improper winter maintenance of your motorcycle may cause your bike to sustain exterior damage and mechanical damage as well.  Fortunately for you, we at, have written an easy to follow 14 step solution for properly winterizing your motorcycle-and the best part is, we’ve added some cool pictures in as well ;-)

Step 1: Gather all the items necessary for winterizing your bike which include


motorcycle cover, cleaning cloths, a battery charger, a couple of quarts of oil (depending on how many your bike takes), a new oil filter, chain lube (if needed), fuel stabilizer, WD40, spark plug wrench, sponge, work gloves, leather conditioner, soap for cleaning your bike, and wax for keeping it shinny.  Choose a good spot to keep your bike in throughout the winter such as a garage.

Step 2: Give your bike a good cleaning

Using a gentle soap or cleanser, mix the cleanser into a bucket of warm water and using a soft cloth, thoroughly wash the motorcycle.  Be careful not to spray any water into the opening of the muffler as this can cause rust to form inside of it.  Once you have thoroughly cleaned the bike, polish all metal surfaces using a quality metal polish and finally finish up by applying a good coat of wax to the bike.  Clean the chain on the motorcycle using WD40.  After it has been cleaned, lube your chain with a good lube oil.

Step 3: Fill up your gas tank with fuel to the max


After completely filling up your gas tank with fuel, add a fuel stabilizer to it and turn on the motor until you get the gas running through the carburetor and fuel injectors.  Make sure to use a fresh bottle of fuel stabilizer, as it remains good for only two years after opening.

Step 4:  Drain your carburetor


Shut off the gas petcock on your motor and drain the gas from the carburetor bowls.  If your motorcycle is fuel injected, then you get to skip this step :-)

Step 5:  Change your engine oil


There’s nothing worse for a motorcycle’s engine than having old oil sitting in it.  Old oil can develop combustion gases which can start to corrode parts in your engine.  The longer the oil sits, the more corrosion will develop.  To prevent this from happening to your bike, always change the oil before storing the bike for extended periods of time.

Step 6: Lube your front forks


By adding oil to your front forks, the oil will prevent the rubber seals around the forks from drying out.  Do not use WD40, as this will eventually dry out and cause sticking.  Only use a specified fork lube.

Step 7: Remove plugs and spark plug wires


After removing the spark plug wires, using a spark plug wrench, remove the spark plugs, clean them, make sure they are gaped correctly, and put them back in.  Finally, re-attach the spark plug wires.

Step 8: Properly seal your muffler


Using a banana (just kidding)-  Stuff a dry sponge inside the opening of your muffler or wrap a small bag over the end of it, to keep insects and other rodents from going inside of it and making it their home.  Paste a note on the bike reminding you of this so that you don’t inadvertently start the engine with the sponge or bag or banana ;-) left in there.

Step 9: Remove the battery or disconnect battery terminals


To avoid sulfate build up from occurring on your battery, disconnect the terminals from the bike and remove the battery.  Applying a small dab of Vaseline to the battery terminals can also prevent them from corroding.

Step 10: Lube, lube, and more lube

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Apply lube to your drive shaft, pivot, and suspension points.

Step 11: Check your motorcycle’s cooling system


Using a hygrometer, it is a good idea to check the level of anti-freeze coolant in your bike’s cooling system.  If necessary, drain and replace the coolant with new anti-freeze. It is advisable that you replace your coolant with new anti-freeze coolant, every two years.  Avoid leaving the level of anti-freeze low or empty, as this can lead to corrosion of your bike’s cooling system.

Step 12: Carefully clean and apply leather conditioner to all leather surfaces


Doing so will prevent the leather from cracking and drying.

Step 13:  Apply WD40 or machine oil to the metal surfaces of your bike


Apply WD40 using a soft cloth to all metal surfaces except the disc brakes.  This will help prevent rust as well as keep your bike looking great once spring time rolls around.

Step 14: Cover the bike with a motorcycle cover


By covering your bike, you prevent it from collecting dust, which will not only keep it looking dirty, but get into places that you want to avoid.

Step 15: Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.


Doing so will raise your confidence and give you a sense of accomplishment and well being.

Step 16: Log onto for deals on parts and accessories

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Have a look at the motorcycle parts and accessories we have to offer, like: motorcycle grips, mirrors, turn signals, and side mount license plate brackets.  Shop for whatever you need so when spring comes around, you’ll be ready to ride!

        Have you heard about Zero motorcycles?  Zero motorcycles, is a fairly new company based in the US, that manufactures electric motorcycles.  I’m not talking about those little scooters that are made in China, that you usually see restaurant delivery boys whizzing around traffic with-especially in different parts of NYC.  Looking at the company website, the bikes that they manufacture look pretty bad ass.  They have 5 models right now, which include a “Streetfighter,” a motocross bike, an “Urban Crosser”, and a dual sport bike.  Prices range from roughly $9,000 and up.

       The all new 2013 Zero S, is a big step up from its predecessor.  It features 54 horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque.  The motor and battery are an all new design. The brush-less electric motor is maintenance-free and air cooled which means it does not require liquid cooling, so that means less plumbing, and as an added plus, it shaves some weight off the motorcycle as well.  There is also no clutch and no gears, making it simple to use for novice riders.  The Zero S weighs 355 pounds-similar to the weight of a 250cc-class sport bike.  Once running, you can select one of two options- Sport or Eco mode.  What the bike lacks though is in its braking system, as it does not come with ABS, however, it will be available in the 2016 model.

Looks are important, and in that category, it ranks pretty high.  It has a sleek frame design which blends nicely with its black mirrors and clear turn signals.

Performance wise, it can reach a top speed on 95mph, however at that speed and for a significant amount of time, the battery does tend to drain quicker than normal.  The Zero S has a range of 64 miles combined highway/city on a full charge.  Charging ranges from 6hrs to 3hrs based on whether you have the quick-charge accessory or not.  The typical cost to recharge the bike comes to an amazing 90 cents.  A full charge is equivalent to 463mpg city and 236mpg highway. With gas prices going up the way they’ve been, it makes sense from an economic perspective.

Finally, it comes in at a starting price of $13,995.  A little high for its class, but it pretty much pays for itself from all the money you save from not having to fill up at the gas station.  Plus, all you eco nuts get to feel proud that your not polluting the environment.

Overall, its got a lot of pros and a few things they still need to work on, but it definitely is an impressive piece of machinery.