If you are not going to ride you motorcycle during the winter or are planning to store it for long periods of time, self-storage facilities have the space for you.
If you own a motorcycle, you know how important it is to keep your motorcycle safe and out of harm's way-especially during the off-season. Motorcycles that are kept outside or even under carports can be exposed to inclement weather and harsh, extreme temperatures. They can even become damaged by hail, strong winds, and strong thunderstorms. Even worse, they are easy targets for motorcycle thieves and vandals.
Even the casual motorcycle rider will need a safe and secure place to store their bike when not in use. A motorcycle self-storage unit is the ideal solution. With convenient, drive up spaces, you can store your motorcycle safely for the winter, yet still return on nice days to ride it!
A motorcycle can fit in any traditional unit measuring 10 feet deep of more, preferable an outside unit / drive up access. You’ll want to ride it in for easy handling and if you plan to take it out from time to time or run the engine to keep all the internal parts working properly.
When considering storing your bike at a motorcycle storage facility, look for one that has climate controlled units. You don’t want the temperature to change drastically from day to night. Changing temperatures can cause damage to many of the parts on your bike, including: rubber gaskets, plastic seals, fuel lines, and even the leather on your seats.
If your storage facility has only inside units, you still can store it there providing that you empty the tank of gas completely. This measure is taken to minimize the chances of fire hazards. Most facilities that have inside units with roll up doors will allow you to bring your motorcycle, providing you take the step mentioned above.
If you wish to upgrade your motorcycle or work on it during the off-season, it is important to choose a motorcycle storage unit that is large enough to hold both your motorcycle and your tools. In addition, be sure to give yourself enough elbowroom to work comfortably.
The ideal motorcycle storage unit will be one that is also the most secure. Be sure to inquire about security features, such as 24-hour cameras, electronic gated access, security guards, and adequate lighting.
Here are a few steps you must take in order to protect your motorcycle during storage, especially if you will store it for the winter months:
For summer storage, follow the same recommendations—especially if the bike will not be started at all for over two months.
When the nice spring weather hits, resist the urge to take your bike out of storage quickly. Instead, plan a weekend to get your bike ready for the new riding season.
Many motorcycle storage facilities across the country have flexible storage fees and contracts. Determine how long you will need storage and plan accordingly. Discuss flexible contracts with your facility.
If you are considering a motorcycle storage unit, give us a call. Our storage specialists can help you determine which type of storage unit is best for you and your motorcycling needs.