​How to maintain a motorcycle in long-term storage

How to maintain a motorcycle in long-term storage


1. Wash the motorcycle first, dry it or sun-dry it. Exposed moving parts (such as the chain), adjusting bolts, bearings, etc. should also be coated with engine oil or grease to prevent rust after washing.

2. Drain the gasoline from the fuel tank and store it in a sealed container. Otherwise, the “light component” in the gasoline will be reduced (evaporated into the atmosphere) over a long period of time, making it difficult or impossible to start the motorcycle. You should also drain the carburetor to prevent impurities from clogging the carburetor holes and oil channels.

3. Remove the battery from the vehicle and wipe it clean. Before stopping the use of the vehicle, replenish the battery with sufficient electricity and place it in a dry place, and replenish it once a month. However, do not release the electrolyte in the battery to prevent oxidation of the electrode plates caused by exposure to air.

4. Four-stroke motorcycles should be filled with a certain amount of engine oil in the exhaust pipe. Remove the exhaust pipe from the vehicle, add a small amount of oil from the front end of the exhaust pipe, and then install the exhaust pipe.

5. Remove the spark plug, fill the cylinder with 20ml of pure four-stroke motorcycle oil from the spark plug port, install the spark plug, turn off the ignition lock switch (OFF position), and press the starter lever 5-6 times to distribute the oil evenly on the cylinder wall. If the motorcycle does not have a foot start, remove the spark plug cap, turn on the ignition lock switch (ON position), and press the start button for 2-3 seconds.

6. Maintain standard air pressure in the front and rear tires. If the tire pressure is too low, it will cause premature aging and cracking of the tires.

7. Finally, park the motorcycle in a dry and ventilated place, and pay attention to moisture to avoid rusting. Motorcycles should not be parked in the open air for long periods of time, as this will accelerate the aging of the motorcycle’s appearance and make it prematurely old.

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