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Does anyone here store their bikes for the winter? I mean through a rental facility.

What is an average rate?

What services do they offer?

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Kind of early for a winter storage thread! I'm sure you'll get some answers but, do a search about winter storage and I'm sure you'll come up with a host of threads about the subject that will give you good info.
Most motorcycle shops offer winter storage deals. Call around and ask about pricing and what it includes. Some have in & out priviledges if we have an extended warm spell.
If you end up storing it yourself the 4 most important things are wash & dry your bike and lube the chain, cables and pivot points like levers and footpegs. Change to fresh oil before you store it and I always fill my gas tank with fresh gas and use Sta-Bil according to the instructions. Pull your battery and store it in a dry, well ventilated place and either hook it up to a battery maintainer or charge it about once a month or at the very least put a maintainer on it in the bike. If you want to cover it make sure the cover won't hold misture in. If the bike is indoors an old sheet will work fine. If outdoors use a heavy canvas or material that will allow moisture to evaporate from under the cover. There's alot more you can do but those are the basics that have served me well in over 40 years of riding.

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Way too early for a winter storage thread, its in the mid-90's outside.

I have an unheated garage, all I do is clean/lube chain, wash bike, tank full of fuel, plug bike into battery tender, cover exhaust openings, and bike cover.

I do tend to ride the bike if the weather jumps above 40 degrees Nov-March, so I don't do much as the bike does usually get ridden once or twice a month even during the winter.
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any 5x10 space at a rental facility should work. Some offer climate controlled ones where you can park your bike inside a warehouse that has security. That's what I did when I first bought my bike and had no where to store it. Worked just fine and really won't be paying that much.

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Yeah abit early to be thinking of such things, but like ^, I've never had a problem winterizing in my unheated garage as prescribed above(assuming you're a home owner/renter anyway). I like the idea of getting it back on the road in a matter of minutes if/when the temps break 35 or so. Especially this winter. Thinking of bringing the bike indoors(living room?) for a valve inspection/adjustment.
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Damn, tough crowd.

I know how to store a bike, I wasn't asking that.

The question was if you use a pay facility, and what services they offer.

In and out privileges would be a must.

You be nice if they had power available so I could plug in a tender.

Do any offer a full service/concierge/valet type of thing? I make a phone call, bike is out front ready and waiting for me.

Can I do any maintenance there, since I might be in and out over the winter, I may need to some minor maintenance.

These are the kinds of questions I have. The kind of questions I am looking for answers to.

Thanks again.
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Who cares what service they offer no one works on my bike but me and if I cant do it then it goes to someone who knows how to fix it

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Before I got a house with garage, I stored my bike at the Lock Up. It was $50/month special. It was heated, about 15'x5'. I split the cost with a buddy of mine, but we could have stored 3 bikes in there. You have access to it 24/7, I actually went after hours to perform my famous tcmalker's dual headlight mod there.
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I used to get a locker with a few friends for the winter at safeguard storage.
indoor climate controlled lockers

they had no provision for power in the locker so using a tender was out of the question but you could take your battery home with you and bring it back if you wanted the bike.

In and out access was no problem, they had 24/7 code secured access to the building and an individual personal lock on every. their hallways can be kinda narrow for getting a bike around corners so it was a pain in the ass to get in and out, not something id want to do on a regular basis

no such thing as concierge service there its just a storage locker facility the staff don't have access inside the lockers without cutting the lock.

as for service/maintenance you can do... it was against the rules but certain things were do-able, i was able to pull and reinstall forks without an issue but anything that would involve fluids would have been an issue im sure.

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as for service/maintenance you can do... it was against the rules but certain things were do-able, i was able to pull and reinstall forks without an issue but anything that would involve fluids would have been an issue im sure.
Only if you get caught


As for storing, I called a few storage places last season, and some of them said the bike had to be empty of all gas, oil and coolant. So, fuck those guys.
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As for storing, I called a few storage places last season, and some of them said the bike had to be empty of all gas, oil and coolant. So, fuck those guys.
yea... i remember something about gas and oil... didnt really pay attention, i rent a locker of the size i need and dont tell them shit about whats going in it, they dont really need to know anyway never had an issue for the 3 years i did it, had 5 bikes in the locker at one point

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As for storing, I called a few storage places last season, and some of them said the bike had to be empty of all gas, oil and coolant. So, fuck those guys.
Don't tell them what you're storing. Come after hours and store your bike. I actually told them I was storing a bike and they told me gas has to be drained. I said 'ok'. Of course I didn't remove the gas. Doh!

If that doesn't work for you I got a spot in my garage. $49.99/month.
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Thanks everyone, very useful information.

Sounds like renting a storage unit is the best way to go.
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Thanks everyone, very useful information.

Sounds like renting a storage unit is the best way to go.
Make sure there is an outlet for the tender or pull the battery and tender it at home.
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