Well, it’s that time of year again, the first frost has arrived and your riding days have ended until next season. Time to get your bike ready for winter storage. These are the things you will need to consider. You will need a dry, hopefully heated place for your bike. If not heated at the very least dry. Try to find a good cover on-line or in your local auto shop. Make sure all of your chrome is completely covered when you put it on.
You will need to purchase from your local auto shop or on-line, gasoline stabilizer, wet or dry (graphite or oil based) cable lubricant, white lithium grease, WD40, Armor All, and wax. If you are unsure what kind of cable lubricant your specific bike needs then you can call the manufacturer for the information.
First thing, wash your bike thou roughly and let it dry. I recommend s100 or any non-abrasive detergent. Once dry, Armor All all the plastic portions, and vinyl seat. Then wax all metal painted services with car wax or carnauba.
Now polish all of the chrome with chrome polish, I prefer the kind that dries when you buff. If you plan on starting the bike during the winter, and not draining the carburetor and oil and removing positive terminal on battery, then you want to make sure gas tank is full to leave no room at the top for condensation which can cause rust in the tank. Before you fill with gasoline you want to add fuel stabilizer as recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure you run the stabilized gas through the carburetor, 5 to 10 minutes should do it. Now the fuel system is conditioned.
Battery fluid levels need to be checked, they should reach their top marks, so in the spring you can see if any cells are drying up. Now make sure all pivot points (levers, kick-stand) are greased with white lithium grease, keeps them lubricated and rust-free through the winter. An oil change would be superb, so in the spring you are ready to go with clean oil and new filter. Side walls of tires can be sprayed with a protectant to keep tires from dry-rotting.
Now the bike is ready to be stored in a dry, possibly heated environment. See you next season.