5 Steps on How to Winterize your Motorcycle

With winter arriving soon, check out 5 steps on how to winterize your motorcycle.

With Winter Arriving Soon, It’s Time to Start Winterizing Your Motorcycle

A motorcycle with several issues is not something you want to experience after a winter. With snow already arriving in most states and temperatures already dropping, it might be time to winterize your motorcycle. If you don’t prep it before the winter season, it may be difficult to get it running again during the spring.

With the proper care and treatment, you can prevent any unwanted surprises such as a dead battery, corrosion, rust areas, or worse. To avoid these issues, read these five steps on how to winterize your beautiful motorcycle.

1. Clean your Motorcycle and Give it a Bath

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If you don’t give your bike a proper cleaning, you might potentially see rust and corrosion on it. If there is already dirt on it, that will increase the chance of corrosion. This is the last thing you’d want to see after taking the cover off when it’s springtime, right? Give your bike a thorough cleaning before storing it.

To clean it, wash it with water and a gentle mild detergent. For better resistance against moisture and corrosion, add a coat of wax or polish to seal it.

2. Change your Oil

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If you haven’t changed your oil, consider doing it now. The last thing you probably want to do after winter is changing the oil before you can take it for a ride. Change the oil and if your coolant levels are low, then add anti-freeze.

Once you’re done, start your bike up again to let the oil circulate through the engine and provide additional protection against corrosion!

3. Remove your Battery and Store it

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Batteries are not cheap, and it is best to remove your battery from the bike. We recommend that you use a battery tender so it can keep the battery charging during the winter! They are inexpensive to purchase, and very reliable to use during the cold winter months. Just be sure to store it somewhere clean and dry where it won’t drop below freezing temperatures.

4. Inspect Your Tires for Proper Pressure

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We wish this was not an issue, but if you leave your tires to sit in the same position during the entire winter season, then this can potentially cause flat spots. Not only that, they can even absorb moisture from your garage door. To avoid flat spots and moisture problems, get motorcycle stands to prop it.

There are many options to get your bike propped such as investing in stands, getting plywood or a piece of carpet, or blocks to place under your tires.

5. Cover and Protect Your Bike

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The most important rule of all? Get a cover to place over your motorcycle so you can protect it! This will help prevent as much moisture and corrosion as it can. If you are storing it inside, you’re in better shape of protecting it. If you have to store it outside, it’s recommended that you get a cover with motorcycle tie downs to keep the wind from blowing it loose.

If you are looking for durable, reliable motorcycle straps, look into our selection of motorcycle straps. We also carry motorcycle tie down systems and many motorcycle accessories to better support your bike.

Want to read more about winterizing your bike? Consider reading this:

How to winterize your motorcycle

If you have any questions about our motorcycle straps or accessories, give our team of experts a call at 800-404-7068.

How to Install L Track Anchor Tie Down Points on your Truck or Trailer

Learn how to install 2″ L Track round anchor tie-down points. This installation job is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take more than an hour or two when you have the right tools and proper instructions.

DIY Installation Video Below

Installing L-Track, or logistic track, on your truck or trailer gives you secure tie down points right where you need them. There are many other benefits to installing L track as a tie-down system, and there are also some key differences between L track and E track.

In the video below, we show you how to install 2″ L Track round anchor tie-down points. This installation job is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take more than an hour or two when you have the right tools and proper instructions.

Tools Needed:

  • Cordless Drill with 1/4″ Drill Bit
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • 7/16 Wrench
  • Tape Measure
  • Sharpie Marker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICZ3mWkz7wM?rel=0

The 2″ Round Anchor Point Tie Down Kit comes with four sets of anchors, bolt plates, rings, and fasteners. In this video, we install two L track anchor points on a truck bed floor and two on the front wall. To install L track tie downs on a trailer, the required steps are essentially the same.

L Track Anchor Point Installation Steps:

  1. Use a tape measure to determine your install point. Place the anchor in the intended spot and mark both holes using the sharpie.
  2. Using a cordless drill with 1/4″ bit, drill through the truck bed to create the two installation holes.
  3. Place an anchor over the holes and insert two screws.
  4. From the underside of the truck, install a bolt plate through the two fasteners then add nuts and tighten with a wrench.
  5. Once your anchors are tightly secured, you can install the removable tie down ring. Grasp the base of the ring while pushing the center down with your thumb. Slide it into place over the anchor and release to lock it into place.

Tip: To install these L track anchor points in tight spots, like the front wall of a truck bed, it’s helpful to hold your wrench on the nuts while you tighten the screws from the other side with a screwdriver.

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More L Track Tips

Remember to release and remove your tie down rings if your hauling cargo that doesn’t require using your new tie down points. It doesn’t take long to remove and replace them, and it will help prevent unwanted damage.

If you’d rather have compact strips of aluminum L-track serve as the anchor for your removable tie-down rings, see our 6-piece 4-inch L Track Tie Down System that works great on enclosed trailer walls as well as truck bed floors and rails. The benefit of this system is that you can quickly and easily adjust where your anchor points sit along the 4-foot rails.

If you’re hauling motorcycles and want the ultimate hold on your bike with the versatility of L-track, check out the TrackStar L-track Motorcycle Chock that’s light and easy to handle but durable and reinforced with powder-coated tubular steel construction.

For all tie down rail options, see our Airline Track & L-Track Tie Down Rails page.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Men from US Cargo Control

We know it can be hard to find us guys a great gift…so we thought we’d help offer up a few ideas since our US Cargo Control website has a lot of items men would like to add to their “collections.”

Presenting our top five great gifts for men:

2" ratchet strap from USCargoControl.com

This 2″ x 18′ Ratchet Strap is a great all-purpose ratchet strap. With a universal wire hook end fitting, a working load limit of 3,335 lbs. and an assembly break strength of 10,000 lbs., it will hold down most anything.  This would work for strapping down ATVs, large motorcycles, even cars on a trailer.  Two straps make a great gift, but pick up four for that Dad of the Year recognition. Coming in at $12.99 each, it’s a great deal. To see more tie downs, see check out this page on our website: Ratchet straps and tie downs.

 

image of TeamStrap moving strap from USCargoControl.com

Moving straps are an ingenious invention. If the guy you are buying for ever needs to move something big and heavy, TeamStrap Furniture Moving Straps is the way to go.  A time saver, and a back saver, it’s designed to make the strong muscles of the body take the brunt of the lifting and saves the back in the process.  They are priced at a fraction of the cost of a chiropractic adjustment at just $19.95.  A couple of similar options are also available, you can see them on this page: Moving straps and mover bands.

 

2345-moving-blanket-supreme-mover-cotton-blanket-sold-ind_1_375 Staying in the moving theme – no guy should be without a few moving blankets. These can be used to move large pieces of furniture, to protect and cover items in transport – or just left in the back of the car or truck for a great last-minute cover when hunting, tailgating, etc.  These are so strong – one customer shared how he used one to move a 1200 lbs. safe across a cement floor, after the moving dolly broke.  This super strong supreme moving blanket is only $17.99, and other lighter weight options are also available here: Moving blankets and moving pads.

 

image of recovery strap / tow strap from USCargoControl.com

Always topping the list as an absolute must-have: the 2″ x 20′ recovery strap.  O.K., now we’re getting serious. Some people also call this a tow strap – either way, they are awesome and if the guys you’re buying for have a truck…they need to have one of these.  It’s mandatory to keep their man card.  These are a steal at $26.99.  If you do decide on the recovery strap…don’t forget to add a couple of shackles, he will need them to attach to the strap when pulling cars and trucks out of the ditch in the winter – or mud in the summer.

 

image of motorcycle tie downs from USCargoControl.com

If you have a motorcycle guy on your list – check out the 4 point motorcycle tie down anchor kit.  This will allow him to mount some small anchor points in his truck bed or trailer floor so hauling the motorcycle is  a breeze.  This kit comes will all the hardware to install it too – as well as four complete straps and soft loop handle bar straps.  This is a great all-inclusive kit for the guy who rides- all under $90. We’ve got more kit options, plus individual straps and other accessories on our Motorcycle tie downs page.

 

And there you have it- five great gift ideas for guys on your list. But here’s the best part- if you’re not exactly sure what you need, give our sales team a call at 866-444-9990. They’ll be more than happy to help you. Happy shopping!