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one, two, three, four! Rev up your engines! It’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel today I’m going to show you how to get your
motorcycle ready for winter storage, now I have to admit I’m being a bit of a
hypocrite here, because I live in Houston Texas, and winters generally the best
time to ride your motorcycle, but I grew up in Niagara Falls, so I know how to
store them in the winter, now some guys would get the stabilizer, pour a little bit in
the gas tank to stabilize the fuel, but really, if you just store it for the
winter, I just fill the gas up to the top, that way there’s hardly any air to
make the gas go bad, and sitting in the winter a new tank of gas isn’t going to go bad, then
comes a question, should you remove the battery and leave it out, or should you
leave it in, I’ve always left them in and use a trickle charger to keep the
battery activated, I set my bike up for that, as you can see right here,
there’s a plug, the charger just plugs right in, you don’t have to take anything
apart, and the reason I do that is so I can do this, I can start it up and let it
run, because letting it runs for five or ten minutes every few weeks,
keep the engine lubricated so nothing will start rusting, but if you’re storing
your motorcycle somewhere where you can’t start it, then do take the battery
out, but you can leave it on a trickle charger on a bench, because
motorcycle batteries, they’re not all that well-made, you notice when you
buy them sometimes you only get a six month or one year guarantee, if you don’t
use a trickle charge on them, they’re probably going to go bad and you’ll have to buy
a new one every year, now the next thing to think about is
your chain, they need lubrication or they will rust up, so get yourself a can of chain
and cable lube, and be sure it’s a anti sling stuff, because you don’t want it
sling off, and lubricate the chain liberally, and steel cables inside rusts too, so be sure to lubricate
them with the same stuff, you just stick it in and spray, and don’t forget your
tires, fill them up, so they’re full and they
stay round, if you have low tires you let them sit all winter, hey, they can
warp the belts, and they’ll be out of round, so now you know how to prepare your
motorcycle for winter storage, all you northern boys can be safe now, while I’m
off riding in Texas, and remember, if you’ve got any car questions just
visit Scottykilmer.com and I’ll answer them as soon as I get back from
this ride.

100 thoughts on “How To Prepare a Motorcycle For Winter Storage

  1. I have an idea for halloween for Scotty. Just hide in the bush and get out in front of the kids yelling 'rev up your engine' like a maniac 😀

  2. Imagine yourself riding your bike then you take a look at your mirror and you see a Scotty's face laughing like Freddy Krueger 😀

  3. Scotty I have a 99 Lexus LS 400, and when I play my cd’s in the car they always skip songs 10 seconds in. What should I do?

  4. more videos on motorcycle pls. just like how to fix a sticking disk brake, etc… thanks and more power to you Sir.

  5. Hey Scotty have a question. I have a 99 Dodge Ram that is in limp mode and won’t get out of it. Have no idea what the problem could be. Maybe a shift solenoid ?

  6. Great video Scotty! I usually place the battery on trickle charge, then remove the spark plugs and squirt a small amount of Marvel Mystery oil into each cylinder, then flush out the fuel system.

  7. scotty my 02 f150 4.2 takes a little while to start after it has been sitting over night. What I mean is, when I wake up for work when I first start it it will take maybe 3 seconds of cranking to turn on. After that it will be fine and start up fast and smooth until the next day. There is a rough idle and sometimes it wants to shut off on me, but never has. When I'm driving it seems fine. any ideas

  8. Around here in England, motorcyclists, commonly referred to as "bikers", ride their motorbikes in the winter. Probably because of all the traffic, but that's what happens when a tiny little island has its immigration policies out of control.

  9. Most motorcycle mechanics I know, advise running the fuel out completely, 100%, by running the engine, because by leaving fuel inside the tank and fuel lines, you will destroy your fuel lines due to the high ethanol content. After the engine dies from running the fuel dry, and fuel lines are all empty, they advise removing the spark plug(s) and adding 2-stroke oil into the cylinder. A small splash of 2-stroke oil (1/4 cup more or less) will coat the top of the piston and cylinder (on each piston you add 2-stroke oil to) and lubricate the cylinder, piston, rings, crank, and other parts preventing a dry start the following year.

    This is also mentioned in almost every single motorcycle owner's manual I have ever read. The #1 most important step for winter storage is to add oil into the engine via the top of the cylinder by removing the spark plug. This is recommended for airplane engines, motorcycles, generators, 2-cycle small equipment, cars, boats, and all sorts of engines.

  10. Hey Scotty I just purchased my first truck and my front differential makes grinding noise when slowing down and or accelerating until 15 mph, I need to replace it but how Can I figure out the front gear ratio, I tried googling it but came empty handed. Plz lend me a hand will be much appreciated

  11. Scotty should be in television. He is more knowledgeable than most mechanics I see in tv and more enjoyable to watch plus he does it all without a huge production budget.

    I really would like to see him make long videos doing complex jobs and showing what to do step by step.

  12. Get a lithium ion or those super capacitor type for a battery no maintenace quick charging amperage/torque that will throw a Clydesdale over your shoulder

  13. Carburetors can gum-up over the winter. I always do an oil change and put some fuel stabilizer in my tank before the bike sits over the winter. In addition to maintaining the battery, I also start it about once a month and let it fully warm-up.

  14. I have an unrelated question to this video, but need some help. My cars 5 speed manual transmission sounds like the gears are grinding. I can go from 2nd to 3rd and the stick in my hand vibrates really hard, and I notice a slight clank/grinding noise in my transmission. This can happen randomly in almost any of the gears. My car is from 2002 and the transmission and gear stick haven't been rebuilt or replaced. My parents have driven the car before, and they say they don't notice anything, so I'm not sure. What do you think?

  15. Nice video!! One doubt.. Do we need to lubricate car wheel bearing often ?? How often should we do.. And how to do it?… Does the car service center lubricate the wheel bearing when we leave it for service…. Also can the radiator fan be lubricated by ourselves?? Pls advice…. Thanks….

  16. I always use fuel stabil, and make sure the tank is full. I have always ridden a shaft driven bike, so did not need to worry about the chain. I have always took the battery out, and put it on the trickle charger. Also they now make dry cell batteries for motorcycles. They come with a 3yr warranty, and cost about the same as a regular battery. I found mine on partzilla.com

  17. I would recommend a Maintainer for the Battery. Instead of the Manual Trickle Charger you referred to. Keep the battery from "Cooking". And where I live, We have E10 Gas. Which doesn't like to sit long. Stabilizer will save Grief.  Some people use a Fogging Spray to keep the cylinder from rusting. I never did it.

  18. I'm in the UK, I've got four cars, a Lotus, Renault, MG and Hyundai. And two motorsickles, a 1976 Benelli and a 1989 Gilera. I love your videos!!!!

  19. For a long time storage of the bike it may be advisable to remove the spark plugs, then add some real full synthetic oil through the spark plug gap into the cilinder. Let the engine spin around a couple of times by pressing the start button without the spark plugs in, to spread the oil around the inside of the cilinder. This is an advise I read in the manuel for my Yamaha Venture Royale 13 td. Yamaha didn't say anything about pure, real synthetic oil. But a pure synthetic oil is the best because it hangs on much longer to the cilinder before it drips downwards. In case of very long storage: Turn the engine around a couple of times now and then.

  20. About the gasoline: Maybe it is wise, after filling up, to close the air intake of the gasoline tank. That way the lightest particles of the fuel (the most easy ones to ignite) do not evaporate. Makes for a more easy way of starting the engine after a while because the most easy to ignite particles are still there to ignite.

  21. This is very important. I have bought may old used bikes, that were stored for the winter for 15 years. Then they need a $400 carb an corrosion in hidden places. If it never gets run and its stored outside, could corrosion develop inside the engine, leading to a very short engine life after its going again ?

  22. Before I gained enough skill and comfort driving in winters here in NJ (not to mention before I bought a heated riding suit!!!), I used to winterize my bike, and took quite a few other steps.

    1) A complete engine oil flush and change (using a Scavenger flush system), EVEN if the oil was changed recently.
    2) A complete detail cleaning, drying and polishing, including all painted and chromed parts.
    3) Remove saddle bags, and do an intensive cleaning and moisturizing with Leather Honey Cleaner and Leather Honey, then re-attach.
    4) Clean all leather tassles and grip covers with Leather Honey Cleaner and mink oil
    3) Pull the spark plugs and spray fogging oil into each cylinder; check and adjust or replace spark plugs if needed. Return each plug and reattach wiring
    4) Place 0000 steel wool into each exhaust pipe opening, then cover with a plastic bag, secured with a rubber band or ziptie to keep rodents from nesting over winter
    5) Fill tank with fresh gas treated with Sta-Bil and Star Fuel additive to the brim
    6) With the bike in 1st, and with help from a buddy, push the bike into the garage, onto several layers of cardboard to keep the tires off of concrete to avoid thermal issues and help avoid the tires from developing a flat spot. Leaving it in first will also move the cylinder heads and distribute the fogging oil
    7) Plug the battery into a battery tender
    8) Because I used to be so paranoid: lock the ignition and add a wheel lock.
    9) Cover the bike
    10) Every several weeks, remove the wheel lock and move the bike forward or backwards a few inches to avoid the tires from settling.

    Now that I've got heated riding gear and am comfortable riding in winter conditions, I'll ride all year round, provided there's no accumulations of snow on the ground or large patches of ice. Road home once on the GSP with both feet on the ground like outriggers, during a surprise heavy snow storm. Took an hour and a half to go what normally would have taken a half hour. The only winterizing I do now is check tire pressure as the temperatures drop, add the Harley Winter Idling Boost (though I'm not sure if it makes much of a difference) and take it easy on the bends when it's below freezing, just in case there's black ice.

  23. Hey Scotty, I just started following you about a week or two ago and so far you've been a big help. Thanks for your videos and I too live in Houston, Texas…maybe you can help me some day with my car and if I ever have problems?

  24. If i could make suggestion, Im wondering if you can make some videos on motorcycles since you ride one yourself like buying, selling or maintaining on daily basis

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  26. Got to disagree about a "trickle charger". A battery maintainer, like a "Battery Tender" which is what Scotty actually shows in the video, will not overcharge the battery and oxidize the plates and kill it. I have 3 of them, and my original motorcycle battery lasted TEN years, and my lawnmower battery is 9 years old and going strong, and my GTO battery is now 4 years old – I bought another Battery Tender after the old battery died..

  27. I live in Pennsylvania. 45 years of riding and I have never winterized a motorcycle. Get or build yourself a good set of rollers for the rear wheel. Take the bike outside and run it through the gears for 15 minutes or so. Take back inside to cool down. Have yourself a tent made of plastic that is temperature controlled with a small heat source and your bike will be ready always. It has never failed me. You must also never use fuel with ethanol during winter time. When you fill up before the snow flys put a cap or two of Marvel Mystery Oil in the gas tank. Just my two cents.

  28. I live in New England. Would you do the same video for cars? How to store your car in a cold garage. Specifically, address protecting the braking system from corrosion. Is it a myth or true that the braking system will corrode if it sits out in cold weather through the winter?

  29. Like Scotty, I leave it in. I’ve pulled it out in the past but now I leave it in. I fully warm it up every couple of months to keep it charged. Battery seems to last longer that way.

  30. My battery in my 2004 Triumph Speedmaster is still going strong. I even let it die a couple of times when I left the key on. I only use the trickle charger only once in awhile and never continuously throughout the winter.

  31. you should never start your motorcycle in the winter ever and not ride it. If you start every now and then , the engine wil not reach his operating temperature and this can cause condensation in your engine and then parts could get rust… Dont worry your engine will be way better without starting it untill sping.

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