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Winter in locales with real seasons is a tough time for motorcyclists. The weather doesn’t just force them to stop riding – which is a big enough loss. Riders also lose the time they spend with their motorcycle. While absence may make the heart grow fonder, forced moto-abstinence can lead to Parked Motorcycle Syndrome, causing all sorts of unpleasant behavior in the affected rider. Take our word on this.

The only proven way to prevent PMS is to enjoy some quality time with a motorcycle. Since the snow may be piled up outside, that leaves the garage as the best place to get your motorcycle groove on. Some riders start bolting expensive parts to their bike or strip them down for custom paint to give themselves something to do, but even if you have the spare cash to customize your bike, why not start with some basic maintenance? If a bike isn’t in top form before custom parts are added, you’re really just wasting time and money. So, cover the basics then go for the jewelry.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    I try extremely hard to not think and forget about my bikes during the winter. So no maintenance mid-season for me.

  • Born to Ride

    I thought winterizing your ride meant putting on a layer of thermal underpants? Oh wait, this article must be for the poor miserable souls that don’t have a 365 and 1/4 day riding season. God, how I pity them…

  • Old MOron

    Well, I’d been avoiding this article because I hate maintenance, and because I live in SoCal, anyway. But this is good advice and well-written. Just the other day, I was lamenting that my wear bars are nearing prominence. Aw shucks, I’ll have to get off my ass soon.