Can You Store a Motorcycle in a Storage Unit? Guide to Cleaning, Prep, and Storage.

Need to keep your motorcycle safe and in pristine condition during the Winter months? A storage unit could be your best bet. While there are many options for storing your bike, professional indoor storage avoids the chance of potential damage. In this guide, we'll tell you everything you need to know about how to store your motorcycle, from cleaning and preparation to choosing the right storage unit.

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22/04/2024

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Can You Store a Motorcycle in a Storage Unit? Guide to Cleaning, Prep, and Storage.

Need to keep your motorcycle safe and in pristine condition during the Winter months? A storage unit could be your best bet. While there are many options for storing your bike, professional indoor storage avoids the chance of potential damage. In this guide, we'll tell you everything you need to know about how to store your motorcycle, from cleaning and preparation to choosing the right storage unit.

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Why choose a self storage unit for your motorcycle?

So, you want to keep your ride in tip-top condition while you aren't using it. I bet you're wondering, why ship out for professional indoor storage over outdoor storage? Well, choosing an indoor unit shields your motorcycle from the elements, ensuring the prevention of rust and unnecessary wear from moisture and sun exposure.

Moreover, these specialist storage units (like those at HOLD) have better security measures like surveillance cameras and gated access, keeping your bike safe from theft or vandalism.

Plus, you'll avoid the harsh temperature swings that can wreak havoc on your bike's performance. If you can't store your bike in your garage, and want more assurance, indoor storage is a no-brainer for motorcycle owners.

The benefits of motorcycle storage

Protection from the elements – Climate-controlled storage units offer extra protection against moisture, extreme temperatures, and dust – critical in preventing rust and mechanical deterioration.

Enhanced security – Most storage providershave advanced surveillance systems and secure access, our storage facilities offer peace of mind that your motorcycle is protected against theft and vandalism.

Space efficiency – Using self-storage units frees up your home garage space or driveway, providing you with more room and keeping your motorcycle out of the way until you need it.

Maintenance convenience – Some storage facilities offer maintenance areas and convenient outdoor parking spaces. Here you can perform routine upkeep or prepare your bike for riding season without cluttering your garage.

Long-term preservation – Indoor storage helps maintain your motorcycle’s resale value by keeping it in a pristine condition, avoiding long-term exposure to bad weather that could lead to cosmetic and mechanical issues.

How to properly clean your motorbike

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Cleaning your motorbike keeps it in good shape and ensures it's ready for your storage unit. follow this simplified guide that's broken down into key steps:

Step 1: Preparation

Start by assembling all necessary cleaning supplies such as a motorcycle-specific cleaner, degreaser, sponges, brushes, and a source of water. Position your motorbike in a shaded area to avoid quick drying of the cleaner which can leave spots.

Step 2: Washing

Rinse your bike with water to remove loose dirt. Apply the motorcycle cleaner from the top down, taking care to scrub thoroughly using brushes.

For the exhaust pipe (which can accumulate stubborn soot) use a degreaser and a tougher brush to remove any grime build-up. This not only keeps it looking good but also prevents blockages that can affect your bike’s performance. le

Step 3: Drying and polishing

After rinsing off the soap and degreaser, dry the bike with microfiber towels to prevent scratches. Then, start the engine and let it run for a few minutes.

The heat will help dry hidden moisture, especially around the exhaust pipe. Apply polish to protect the paint and give the bike a glossy finish. For the exhaust pipe, consider using a metal polish to enhance its shine.

Step 4: Lubrication and final checks

Properly lubricate the chain to ensure smooth operation. Check all parts of the bike to make sure they're dry and properly connected. Finally, take a short ride to make sure everything is working correctly, which helps distribute the lubricant through the chain evenly.

By following these steps, your motorbike will not only look great but also be in prime condition for storage.

How to prepare your motorcycle for storage

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Right, now your sweetheart is spic and span, it's time to prepare it for your storage unit. This is essential to ensure it remains in top condition. Follow these steps to prepare your motorcycle for storage:

Change the oil and other fluids – Fresh oil and properly filled fluids can help prevent internal engine corrosion and other damage during storage.

Protect the fuel system – Fill the gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer to prevent rust and keep the fuel system ready for your next ride.

Maintain the battery – Disconnect and remove the battery to avoid drain and extend its life.

Invest in a high-quality cover – Use a high-quality, breathable cover to protect it from dust and scratches while allowing condensation to escape.

Choosing the right storage facility for motorcycle storage

In the UK, most self-storage facilities allow you to store motorcycles, but it's important to check specific policies and availability at the facility you're considering. Some may have specific requirements or offer specialized units like climate-controlled spaces for added protection. Always confirm with the storage facility to ensure they can accommodate motorcycles and meet any specific storage needs you might have.

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Remember, not all storage units are created equal, especially when it comes to storing something as valuable as a motorcycle. Consider the following when selecting a unit:

Size and accessibility: Ensure the storage unit is spacious enough to house your motorcycle and any related gear without cramping. Ground-level access can make moving your motorcycle easier.

Climate control: Opt for a climate-controlled unit if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions to protect against cold temperatures and humidity.

Security features: Choose a facility with robust security measures such as 24/7 monitoring, gated access, and individual alarms for each unit.

HOLD's specialist storage keeps your bike beastly

We understand the value of your motorcycle and the importance of keeping it in prime condition. Based in the heart of Kings Cross London, our climate-controlled units will ensure your bike is protected and easily accessible. With advanced security and ample space, HOLD is the perfect home away from home for your motorcycle. Interested in seeing our facilities firsthand? Reach out to us to learn more or get a free quote.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I store other items in the same unit as my motorcycle?

Yes, you can typically store additional items like helmets, gear, and even other sports equipment in the same unit, provided they are clean and do not pose a risk to your motorcycle.

What is the minimum rental period for a storage unit?

Rental periods can vary, but most storage facilities offer flexible terms that range from month-to-month to annual contracts to suit different needs.

How should I handle tyre care when storing my motorcycle long-term?

When your motorcycle is stored for extended periods, tire pressure should be regularly checked and maintained to prevent flat spotting. Consider placing your motorcycle on a stand to lift the tires off the ground, which helps preserve their shape and prolongs their lifespan.

Is it necessary to drain the motorcycle’s fluids before storage?

It's not typically necessary to drain all fluids, but you should change the oil and coolant to ensure they are fresh and not contaminated, which could lead to internal damage. Always consult your owner’s manual for specific recommendations regarding your particular motorcycle model.

Can I access my motorcycle during the storage period?

Yes, at most storage facilities, including HOLD Self Storage, you can access your motorcycle during facility hours. Some facilities may offer 24/7 access for an additional fee. This feature is useful if you decide to take your motorcycle out for a ride or need to perform regular maintenance checks during the storage period.

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