Use a suitable battery charger - this kit also assess battery condition
then switch off and allow to cool. Tape a piece of thick plastic over the silencer end(s) (see illustration5). Note that some advocate pouring a tablespoon of motor oil into the silencer(s) before sealing them off.
• Remove it from the bike - in extreme cases of cold the battery may freeze and crack its case (see illustration 6).
• Check the electrolyte level and top up if necessary (conventional refillable batteries). Clean the terminals.
• Store the battery off the motorcycle and away from any sources of fire. Position a wooden block under the battery if it is to sit on the ground.
• Give the battery a trickle charge for a few hours every month (see illustration 7).
• Place the bike on its centrestand or an auxiliary stand which will support the motorcycle in an upright position. Position wood blocks under the tyres to keep them off the ground and to provide insulation from damp. If the bike is being put into long-term storage, ideally both tyres should be off the ground; not only will this protect the tyres, but will also ensure that no load is placed on the steering head or wheel bearings.
• Deflate each tyre by 5 to 10 psi, no more or the beads may unseat from the rim, making subsequent inflation difficult on tubeless tyres.
Pivots and controls
• Lubricate all lever, pedal, stand and
footrest pivot points. If grease nipples are fitted to the rear suspension components, apply lubricant to the pivots. • Lubricate all control cables.
• Apply a wax protectant to all painted and plastic components. Wipe off any excess, but don't polish to a shine. Where fitted, clean the screen with soap and water.
• Coat metal parts with Vaseline (petroleum jelly). When applying this to the fork tubes, do not compress the forks otherwise the seals will rot from contact with the Vaseline.
• Apply a vinyl cleaner to the seat.
• Aim to store the bike in a shed or garage which does not leak and is free from damp.
• Drape an old blanket or bedspread over the bike to protect it from dust and direct contact with sunlight (which will fade paint). This also hides the bike from prying eyes. Beware of tight-fitting plastic covers which may allow condensation to form and settle on the bike.
Getting back on the road
Engine and transmission
• Change the oil and replace the oil filter. If this was done prior to storage, check that the oil hasn't emulsified - a thick whitish substance which occurs through condensation.
• Remove the spark plugs. Using a spout-type oil can, squirt a few drops of oil into the cylinder(s). This will provide initial lubrication as the piston rings and bores comes back into contact. Service the spark plugs, or fit new ones, and install them in the engine.
• Check that the clutch isn't stuck on. The plates can stick together if left standing for some time, preventing clutch operation. Engage a gear and try rocking the bike back and forth with the clutch lever held against the handlebar. If this doesn't work on cable-operated clutches, hold the clutch lever back against the handlebar with a strong elastic band or cable tie for a couple of hours (see illustration 8).
• If the air Intakes or silencer end(s) were blocked off, remove the bung or cover used.