Take the chance and do something custom with your bike during the winter, you’ll feel like a King come spring!
On the 8th of November my wife, our two kids, and I along with a small army of friends moved into our new home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The day of the move the weather was beautiful, at least for November in Idaho it was beautiful. It was sunny and in the upper 60’s so everyone was walking around in jeans and t-shirts. The night before I road my 2001 Harley Davidson Fatboy over to the new house and left it in the garage, along with my 1951 GMC 2 ton project truck with the help of a neighbor and his flatbed trailer. The sun had dipped behind the mountains and the temps had fallen but it was still a surprisingly comfortable ride in just jeans and my leather coat.
Three days later we had six inches of fresh snow, more coming, and temps in the single digits.
What is a motorcyclist to do during a winter like this? Well as my brother would point out, it depends on how much of a wuss you are. If you do a search on Vimeo for ‘motorcycles in winter’ you will get a return of 122 videos, at the time of this writing. Clearly there are people out that more die hard than me!
The video that doesn’t seem to be in the search returns though is this one:
“Waiting out Winter” by Cast & Salvage.
This video surface on my radar last winter and it really resonated with me. I love riding my motorcycle, I really do however when it hits 32 degrees… I’m about done with riding and that is when the gearhead side of me takes over. See, during the riding season I’d rather be riding than wrenchin’ on my two wheeler of freedom so the bike kinda goes neglected both in maintenance and customization all summer long. Winter is my time to pull the tins, clean stuff, cut stuff, weld stuff, and paint stuff.
The winter after I bought my first Harley, an 05 Sportster, I put the bike in a stand and torn it apart.
In the spring I rolled the bike out… and it wouldn’t start cuz the battery was dead.
Round 2… I rolled the bike out and it fired right up and was hot shit!
The pictures of my Sportster aren’t there to get input or opinions on the project, in fact I sold that bike to pay for my Harley Davidson Softail Fatboy so I don’t care anymore anyway, they are there only to illustrate that you can still have fun with motorcycles during winter!
So instead of googling for tips on ‘winterizing your motorcycle’ or ‘motorcycle winter storage’ or ‘ten steps to winterize you motorcycle’ how about you grab a pad of paper and start making a list of stuff you wanna do to the bike. I’ll even get you started on your journey, click this link for simple stand to hold your baby while you wrench: Home Made Motorcycle Lift.