M OTORCYCLE CLEANING AND STORAGE
Frequent, thorough cleaning of your
motorcycle will not only enhance its ap-
pearance but will improve its general
performance and extend the useful life
of many components.
1. Rinse the dirt and degreaser off
with a garden hose.
Excessive hose pressure may cause
water seepage and deterioration of
wheel bearings, front fork, brakes,
transmission seals and electrical
2. After cleaning the motorcycle, dry
all surfaces with a chamois, clean
towel, or soft absorbent cloth.
3. Automotive-type wax may be ap-
plied to all painted and chrome-
plated surfaces. When finished,
start the engine and let it idle for
Long term storage (60 days or more) of
your motorcycle will require some pre-
ventive procedures to guard against
deterioration. After thoroughly cleaning
the motorcycle, prepare for storage as
1. Drain the fuel tank, fuel lines, and
carburetor float bowl(s).
2. Lubricate all control cables.
3. Block up the frame to raise both
wheels off the ground.
4. Tie a plastic bag over the exhaust
pipe outlet to prevent moisture
5. If storing in a humid or salt-air at-
mosphere, coat all exposed metal
surfaces with a light film of oil. Do
not apply oil to any rubber parts or
the seat cover.
6. Remove the battery and charge it.
Make any necessary repairs before
storing the motorcycle.
Store it in a dry place and re-
charge it once a month. Do not
store the battery in an excessively
warm or cold place (less than 0 °C
or more than 30 °C).