Go Back   Motorcycle Forum > Motorcycle.Com General Discussion > Motorcycle General Discussion

Thread Tools
Old 09-22-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
Registered Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 3
Default winter/storage/outside

Hi there,

I'm the proud new owner of a sweet new bike! My first real motorcycle!

Anyway, I live in the city and have no garage to speak of, so the bike's going to have to live outside in rainy Portland, OR. I guess I'm just wondering:

1. I've purchased a nice cover for it, to put on it at night and while at work. Does this offer enough protection?
2. What can I expect in terms of damage/rust storing it this way. Will being sure to run it at least every couple of days help to keep moisture down?
3. Any good, relatively inexpensive ways to store it (I've heard of mobile tents)?

kbauman is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Old 09-22-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
The Toad

seruzawa's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: 8501 ft.
Posts: 17,461

Put it in the living room.
"Make no mistake, Communism lost a big argument - one we know today as the 20th century."
seruzawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 03:07 PM   #3
Women Riders Moderator
sachiwilson's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,609

I lived in Seattle, which is like Portland (except for the sleet.) I rode my bikes all year round; you can too. A good cover can offer some protection against the worst of the elements, but the key to avoiding rust is to liberally coat all the metal parts (including the painted metal) with a non-evaporating oil. (WD-40 evaporates by design; do not use it for this purpose.) The drawback is that the oil will collect dirt, but if you clean and re-oil the bike every so often, you'll be fine.
Frappé LaRue
*Safety Queen*
Are you a Rounder?

Sarnali: "what could be more useless than arguing with a deaf female lawyer????"
sachiwilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 04:16 PM   #4
Aging Cafe` Racer

sarnali2's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sittin' down by my window, lookin' at the rain.
Posts: 8,719

A good wash and a thick coat of wax on the painted parts, WD40 in the electrical switches and soak the chain with chain lube should be all you need. I live near Tacoma, I ride all winter and my bike sits outside while I'm at work doesn't seem to hurt them too bad, they just get filthy by the end of the winter. I'll probably invest in a cover this winter though I've never bothered before.
"Carpe` Throttelum -Loud Suits Save Lives"

"He said he's farting because of his medication"...
sarnali2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 04:41 PM   #5
Founding Member
The_AirHawk's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Leanin' Tower O' P-P-P-P-POWAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Posts: 11,491

You should dip the entire motorcycle in cosmoline, then wrap it in plastic and store it in pine-shavings in a large wooden crate.

It will be ready to ride next Spring in only minutes, with the proper application of elbow-grease and a good, hot, saline soak. After which, the motorcycle should be discarded.
Parfois, on fait pas semblant
Sometimes, it's not pretend
Oderint Dum Metuant
Let them hate so long as they fear
политики предпочитают безоружных крестьян
Politicians Prefer Unarmed Peasants
Nothing to see here, Citizen. Move along now...
The_AirHawk is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Subscribe to our email newsletter and automatically be entered to win.