What About Tires?
Motorcycle tires are expensive, especially for us that thrash knobbies around on the street. When storing your motorcycle, the best scenario are stands for both front and rear wheels to remain off the ground. But if not, and since most ADV bikes have a center stand, it’s best to keep the rear tire off the ground and spin the front wheel once a week so you don’t develop flat spots. If both are on the ground, try to spin both once a week so you don’t develop flat spots. Also, keep the pressure at maximum recommended PSI throughout storage to maintain tire shape.
Cleaning: Focused on a Chain Scrub
If you only wash your bike once a year, make sure that time is before storage. Besides cleaning the dirt that can containment parts, and cause trapped moisture that leads to oxidation and rubber deterioration, a good cleaning sometimes helps you discover things that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise, such as bent spokes, worn brake pads or rust. The best time to address these issues is over the winter if you like to spend those winter nights with adult beverages and some wrenches. If not, at least you’ll immediately what to address when it comes out of storage.
And always start your pre-motorcycle storage cleaning with a serious scrub down of the chain. Loads of chain-safe chemicals are available, along with various types of brushes that cut the tasks in half. Clean this first because if you’re like most mere motorcyclists, cleaning chain is just a messy process.