Each week, we answer your questions about what’s going on under the hood of your vehicle and put them to a knowledgeable mechanic in the Greater Toronto Area. In today’s column, we discuss the maintenance of motorcycles for the winter.
Dear, ask a mechanic,
I bought my first bike this spring, and after a summer riding around the province, I’m thinking about what to do this winter because I won’t be riding it. I live in a condo and have an indoor parking space. Is there something I need to do before I park it for the season? – Helmet head
There are a number of important steps you should take to park your motorcycle for the winter, according to David Heilman, owner of Studio Cycle Group Inc., a Toronto-based company that sells and services all types of motorcycles. The first thing to do is inflate the tires to 45 PSI to avoid flats. Removing the battery from the motorcycle is the second thing on Heilman’s list. “There’s always going to be some kind of drain on the drums. If you leave it in the motorcycle, there is a good chance that in the spring the battery is dead and you will need to replace it. A fuel stabilizer should be added as a finishing touch. Heilman said without it, “the gas will become stale after three months” of non-use. The bike should run for a short time after that to make sure that the stabilized fuel gets into the fuel lines, injectors (or carburetor, if it is an older model). For future reference, if you plan to use your motorcycle throughout the winter, Heilman says you should get some high silica tires, make sure the bike passes a maintenance check, and keep it clean. and free of salt.
Ask a Mechanic is written by Nida Zafar, a journalist who grew up in a full house mechanics in Scarborough and occasionally asks questions of his father or brother. You can send your questions to [email protected] These answers are for informational purposes alone. Please consult a certified mechanic before performing any work on your vehicle.