Motorcycle Storage Accessories

Preventative necessities to prep your machine for some long downtime.

Motorcycle stored in garage during cold weather.
Getting ready to store your bike for a long period? Get it prepped right to avoid any rude surprises when it comes time to ride again.Pixabay

While many riders around the country are still getting in all the street time they can before calling it quits for the year, others have already got a head start on preparing for winter storage. But with our quick list of products, you can ensure that your bike will look and perform just as well as it did the minute you parked it. They’re quick and easy to use, and cost a heck of a lot less than not using them over the long run—trust us! Save yourself the headaches and agony that goes with having to unexpectedly buy a brand-new battery or cleaning layers of rust off exposed metal parts.

Invest the time and effort to properly prep your bike for months of storage with this simple checklist. Although there are other items to consider before packing your baby up until spring, this quick-hit list won’t steer you wrong.

Chemical Guys Redline Hyper Seal

Chemical Guys Redline Hyper Seal
Wax it now, appreciate it later.Amazon

When preparing to store your bike for a long period of time, it’s best to thoroughly wash its surfaces before locking it away to avoid continuous damage from any contaminants that may be lurking about. After a proper wash, painted surfaces can then be waxed and sealed to further battle against grime. Chemical Guys’ Redline Hyper Seal is perfect for a storage scenario as it repels contamination, and will reveal a shiny gloss when it’s finally time to ditch the motorcycle cover.

Natural carnauba wax plays a huge role in the success of the Redline Hyper Seal’s abilities to keep your bike looking its best while protecting it for months on end. The seal can last up to an entire year just in case the storage period is extended more than expected. Plastic fairings can benefit from using Redline Hyper Seal as well—this stuff really goes a long way in protecting your bike’s exterior during both riding and storage seasons.

Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer

Sta-Bil Fuel Stabilizer
Prepping your fuel for storage doesn’t have to be a chore.Amazon

There’s a lot to consider when it comes time to storing your bike for months on end. Its juices won’t be flowing, which means dirt and other contaminants can really do a number on vital internals if left unattended. When it comes to your bike’s fuel situation, this small bottle of Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer will make your life that much easier by eliminating the need to drain the tank.

Sta-Bil keeps fuel fresh for up to 24 months while preventing gumming and other buildup, and ensures that your bike will be able to start up quick and sure when you’re ready to ride. The formula removes water and condensation buildup in the tank to prevent corrosion and cleanses carburetors and fuel injectors while it works—a brilliant solution to a common problem.

Battery Tender 12-Volt Junior Automatic Battery Charger

Battery Tender 12-Volt Junior Automatic Battery Charger
Not large, but this thing can still give a charge.Amazon

If you don’t plan on starting your bike on a regular basis during the cold months, don’t just consider buying a battery tender—go buy one now! It’s a safe bet that if you leave your battery connected to the bike for months on end, it’ll be dead and useless come springtime. For under $30, picking up this pint-size Battery Tender charger is a no-brainer. Avoid the hellish surprise that’ll surely await you in a few months and get your battery prepped right for the long slumber.

This lightweight, compact charger will not only keep your battery fully charged when it’s not being used, but an on-board microprocessor helps to automatically maintain and extend its life. Battery Tender’s charger also makes overcharging a thing of the past—just hook it up to your battery and let it do its thing. The included alligator clips and ring terminals allow for an easy hookup, and an optional 25-foot extension cord makes it a cinch to reach out-of-the-way outlets.

Indian OEM Motorcycle Oil Change Kit

Indian OEM Motorcycle Oil Change Kit
Refresh your bike’s motor oil before you put it away.Amazon

Similar to fuel, your bike’s motor oil is in need of treatment as well. Instead of pouring in an additive to your existing liquid though, it’s better to start fresh before you store your bike away. Used oil carries with it a lot of dirt and gunk you don’t want festering inside of your bike for months at a time, so go ahead and plan on a full oil change before throwing on the cover for winter.

To help bike owners take the best care of their rides, Indian Motorcycle now offers a complete oil change kit in a box. This convenient package comes with 5.5 quarts of Indian semi-synthetic motor oil, one oil filter, and two washers to properly get the job done.

S100 Total Cycle Corrosion Protectant Aerosol

S100 Total Cycle Corrosion Protectant Aerosol
Give your bike’s shiny bits a fighting chance.Amazon

The worst thing about storage is that your bike goes unattended for so long, and usually in not-ideal conditions. Anything can happen when you’re not looking, especially the twin evils of rust and corrosion. To combat either from getting ahold of your bike’s exposed bits, grab a bottle of S100’s Total Cycle corrosion protectant aerosol to serve as a layer of armor over the sensitive areas.

Simply spray this stuff onto clean, dry surfaces and rub into the area needing protection; we’re talking parts such as fork tubes, case covers, and wheels. Let the spray adequately dry, and then rest easy during the long, boring months of winter. When it’s time to ride again, there will be no ugly surprises waiting to pop out at you.