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.

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