10. Coolant Change


If you did a thorough job of winterizing your motorcycle, you know that its coolant is in good condition and will protect your bike’s engine during the seasonal deep-freeze. If you didn’t or the coolant color wasn’t that lovely Mountain Dew green, why not take the time to freshen up your bike’s coolant? You can milk this chore for as many hours as you feel you need to be intimate with your machine. (Cleaning the engine and the inside of the bodywork you have to remove to access the cooling system is a good way to draw out the fun.) All you need are basic mechanic’s tools, some fresh antifreeze, distilled water (if you’re not using premixed coolant), a catch basin, and a sealed container to transport the used antifreeze to your local hazardous waste recycling center. Music and your favorite beverage are optional. Don’t forget to idle your engine with the radiator fill cap off to make sure that all of the bubbles exit the cooling system before you seal it closed. (You’ll want to open your garage door to do this part, though.) Filling the overflow tank halfway is a good idea, too. Now, your cooling system is set for another year.

  • 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.