Top 10 Signs Winterize

I’ve often felt that the real reason many motorcyclists don’t winterize their motorcycles is that they keep holding off in hopes to squeeze in one more ride. Although the MO Towers are located in Southern California, many of us ventured from colder climes to the Great American West in an effort to enjoy year-‘round riding. The journalism gig is just something we managed to weasel our way into as a means of supporting our habit.

In an effort to help dedicated riders in places that have real winter, the following list contains sure-fire signals that it is time to winterize your motorcycle rather than continue riding it or letting it sit unprepared developing the mechanical manifestations of Parked Motorcycle Syndrome.

[Thanks to Matt King for suggesting this list.]

  • Sayyed Bashir

    Good points. I am in NorCal and it is getting close to freezing at night. I ride all year, but my Harley was having trouble starting yesterday morning so I topped off the battery at work. I will be charging the battery on the KTM 1190 R and the Harley once a week just to be on the safe side. Today the Harley’s idle was too high because it was so cold. Last weekend I rode the KTM with friends in the Sierra Nevada at 4500 feet. The fire roads were covered in snow and slippery mud. Even Hwy 20 had a thin layer of snow (the snow plows keep it down) and possibly ice. The tall pine trees on both sides were covered in snow which was falling on our heads in big chunks. I was wearing winter gloves and had heated grips on max but still my hands were frozen. I just ordered a adapter cable so I can use the comfortable heated gloves for the Harley on the KTM. I don’t use any other heated gear and am quite comfortable in thermal leggings, a jacket liner, a flannel shirt and a neck warmer.

  • SRMark

    There is nothing quite like holding that warm cup of coffee.

  • Starmag

    When younger and dumber I rode with snow in the streets where I was born in Wisconsin just so I could ride more. Made a not-so-easy move to Florida so I could ride year round, but now the riding itself kind of sucks. There’s about 14 turns in FL with 9 of them in Daytona Speedway. There are compromises everywhere. One of the bonuses to a cold weather spot is that many riders work on awesome motorcycle projects/restorations during winter, then in spring bring them out to show at things like the Slimey Crud Cafe Racer Run.

  • Michael Howard

    How about when the shocks and forks are so cold and stiff it’s basically a rigid rear and front?