We love motorcycles for the adventures, the places they help us discover, and the pure joy of riding them. Given the choice, most riders would spend all day on their bikes. But, in the real world, our beloved motorcycles spend a fair amount of time parked. Whether idled overnight during the workweek or for the length of winter, motorcycles are often placed in storage for more time than they’re rolling down the road.
Some riders might be comfortable leaving an older, daily commuter motorcycle parked outside. But even though they're designed and built to survive the elements when in use, motorcycles parked outside for an extended time can age rapidly. How you store your motorcycle impacts its service life, value, and operating costs, and increases the risk of it being stolen.
There are many storage options available for motorcycles, ranging from outdoor weather protection to heated garages and commercial motorcycle storage facilities. Here’s a look at some of the common ones:
There are variables that come into play, but if your bike is regularly stored in a fully enclosed, secure structure, it may earn you a discount on your motorcycle insurance. Ask Dairyland about the details.
Whether in the garage or on the road, it’s important to protect your bike. A number of insurance coverages like roadside assistance are out there to protect you while you’re on your ride. Discounts can also help make insurance coverage even more affordable.
Till next time, ride safe!
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