Any time you have to store something in a storage unit, one question inevitably arises – how to do it without risking any harm to your precious possession? And if that possession is something as expensive and as loved as a motorcycle, the stakes are even higher! The truth is that when storing your motorcycle in short-term or long-term storage NYC, you have to pay attention to a number of things. There really is no time for you to be rash! No matter the rush you are in, always have our tips at hand. And you’ll have a much better chance of being reunited with your motorcycle which will be in perfect condition – just the way you left it!
Your choice of storage is among the most important things
If you have no idea about how many different types of storage solutions there are, worry not – you are definitely not alone! A lot of people actually have no idea that there are different types of storage units which can be rented for different purposes and different periods. There is no universal formula that decides which type of storage Brooklyn you should choose for your items. So, we suggest you abide by our golden rule – the higher the value of the items you are storing, the more money you should spend on a unit.
Speaking of storage, which costs more, one should always opt for climate-controlled units when storing items of value. And your motorcycle is undoubtedly one of them! Climate-controlled units help prevent all those things you don’t want to see when walking into your unit – mold, humidity, and pests. Oh, and have we mentioned they also keep the temperature on a nice and cool level? That will certainly be good for your motorcycle.
The preparations for storing your motorcycle begin with a deep cleanse
After all, this is one of those things you should do regularly, not just when storing a motorcycle. It not only keeps it nice looking, but it also prevents any potential problems that could arise once lots of dust accumulates. One of the most frequently asked questions is related to the products you should clean your motorcycle with. We here at Dumbo Moving and Storage NYC indeed suggest you avoid using only water and soap in an attempt to save as much money as possible. Instead, use quality cleaners and wax so that the paint will stay protected. Besides, you can always look up online which substances will be best for your motorcycle. These days, any piece of information can be found on the Internet!
Besides, if you live in a place where the weather is extremely cold, a climate-controlled unit will help you protect your bike’s engine. Of course, it’s always recommendable to check your bike’s antifreeze. But these are all necessary measures of precaution.
Drain your motorcycle of fluids
Unless you are only storing your bike for a week or two (which we assume you are not), you will have to drain your motorcycle of fluids before storing it. We are talking about the whole package – oil, gas, brake fluid, coolant, etc. Of course, you should always use only those fluids which are recommended by the manufacturer, which you probably learned all about when buying your motorcycle.
Protect the contact points and get the wheels off the ground
Even though your motorcycle won’t be stored on grass or dirt, it’s still a rule of thumb to get both wheels off the ground. Luckily, in this day and age, there are plenty of tools you can use to achieve this, including:
- A center stand
- Paddock stands
- A portable hydraulic lift
And even though there is no risk of your bike’s contact points sinking into the ground, you should still protect them. To do so, place a solid material under each point and worry not about it a minute longer. Whether you decide to use a thin piece of steel plate or some other material is up to you – as long as it does the job!
Invest in a cover when storing your motorcycle
We know that, right now, it must seem like the whole process of storing your bike will cost an arm and a leg. And it just might, but when thinking about what’s at stake (your bike’s safety,), you really shouldn’t be a cheapskate. You must know that storage security is no joke, especially when storing valuable items. And one thing that will significantly improve the safety of your bike while in storage is the cover.
You really should go above and beyond to find a bike cover which perfectly corresponds to the measurements of your bike. The cover should be breathable so that it doesn’t trap moisture. Moreover, it should also come with a fastening system that goes underneath the motorcycle for extra protection. Besides, your bike’s cover will also protect it from dust which you so diligently removed before storing your motorcycle. This way, your efforts won’t be in vain; you won’t have to repeat the process once you take your bike out of storage. Well, you could dust it off a bit, but nothing too thorough like the first time.
Visit your bike from time to time
We are not saying that you should work your way to your storage unit every day. Far from it. But, if storing your motorcycle long-term, it’s a good idea to take a trip to see it every once in a while. This way, you can personally ensure your motorcycle is safe and sound. That will give you some much-needed peace of mind and take a load off your back. And that is something every person on this planet needs! Good luck, but we have a feeling you won’t need it after reading our tips.