It’s not always possible to store your motorcycle indoors. But if you do have the option, make sure you park it safely.
If you’ve ever owned a motorcycle, you know how important it is to keep it safe. Many people buy the cheapest ones, but they don’t last long because they’re not made well. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect your motorcycle from the elements.
It’s important to remember that a motorcycle is an expensive investment. Having said this, leaving your bike in the driveway will subject it to the mercy of the elements, resulting in rust and oxidation, eventual damage, and expensive repairs or restoration.
Having a motorcycle in the driveway forces you to be creative, all to protect your bike.
Here is a quick list of what you can do to protect your motorcycle while parked outside.
1. Storage Covers
A storage cover is an essential requirement for an exposed motorcycle. It’s affordable, available everywhere, and, depending on the quality, can be relied upon to protect the bike in adverse weather.
There are two kinds of motorcycle covers:
The lightweight material with thin covers is designed to be carried with you when you travel. They are small enough to be inserted into your bag and sufficient to cover the motorcycle’s top half. The only disadvantage is that you cannot use this type of covering for the long term or during heavy snow or rainfall.
Your second option is the heavy-duty and weather-resistant type of motorcycle cover. They provide UV protection and heat shields, and venting can be locked securely for long-term storage. This cover has a soft lining on the inside to protect your bike fairing from scratches. With a heavy-duty motorcycle cover, you have a portable garage that can protect your bike from rain or snow.
Whichever type of cover you choose, it’s highly recommended that you avoid choosing one with the blaring brand of your motorcycle. Doing so makes your cover an effective thief-magnet.
2. Portable garage
Compared to a cover made from a soft or heavy-duty fabric, a portal motorcycle garage is a shelter made from heavy-duty material supported by a metal frame. Generally, there are two kinds of portable garages:
Collapsible portable garage
This is a foldable type of shelter and comes in different sizes, accommodating different types of motorcycles, from street bikes to sports bikes to cruisers.
This portable garage is made from weather-proof heavy-duty fabric supported by a metal frame. It comes with a zip-up front door that you can drive your motorcycle into. It comes in different sizes (up to 10 feet by 10 feet) and can accommodate various motorcycle sizes. An example of these carport style garages are:
- Abba Patio Storage Shed ($389.67).
- Bike Shield Tourer ($450.00).
- Morphon Motorcycle Shield ($249.99).
- Quicktent Heavy Shelter ($289.99).
Here are the things you need to consider.
- The size means the size of your bike and the area where you need to put the portable garage.
- Can it withstand the elements? – You will have to find a portable garage with the material that fits the year-round weather condition in your area.
- Is it secured, durable, and portable? Make sure that it has a locking mechanism, a strong metal frame, and is foldable.
- Maintenance – Make sure that the portable garage is easy to clean and maintain.
One disadvantage of a carport is that it cannot withstand strong winds. If not checked, the flapping of the fabric can damage the fairing of the motorcycle.
3. Rent a parking space from a neighbor
If money isn’t a concern, it’s a great idea to rent a parking space from a neighbor or a parking lot. This is the most cost-effective way of storing your motorcycle.
Renting a parking space is also a great way to ensure that your motorcycle is protected from the elements. It’s also a great way to protect your bike from theft.
However, make sure that you have access to the garage as part of your rental agreement so you don’t have to disturb the owner-resident every time you need to leave and when you come back to park.
4. Set up a shed in your garden.
If you have some space and money isn’t an issue, you can set up an enclosed garage in an area in your garden. On the whole, this is the best option for long-term storage.
Depending on the type of garage you want to set up, you can choose from different types of sheds.
- A simple garage is usually made from wood or metal and is easy to set up.
- A wooden garage comes in different sizes and is usually priced between $200 and $400.
- A metal garage is usually more expensive and is generally priced between $400 and $600.
5. Your living room as your garage
Even if this sounds like a bad idea, most people who can’t afford a garage do with what they already have. If the bike fits through the door and there is a dedicated section for your bike, then having a garage for your motorcycle in your living room is a good idea.
6. Renting a storage unit
If you’re planning to store your motorcycle for a long time and have no parking garage in your area, renting a storage unit is a great option.
Indeed, if you rent a storage unit, you will be able to park your motorcycle for a long time without worrying about it getting stolen.
Renting a storage unit is also a great way to protect your motorcycle from the elements.
These are just some ideas on storing your bike if you don’t have a garage and you’re forced to keep your bike in the driveway.
To ensure that your bike won’t be stolen at night, you also need to think about security. There are two possible solutions, one of which would be installing an alarm system for your bike, and the other would be installing an IP camera.
Finally, if there is one thing common about the above storage options, it is to protect your bike from the elements to reduce the possibility of rusting and damage and extend the life of your bike.
I hope this article helped you in your quest to find a good storage solution for your bike.
Thanks for reading, and see you next time.