Storing Motorcycle Outside: 5 Essential Tips

We've all been there. You live in an apartment complex or there's next to no space in your garage for a motorcycle.

Storing a motorcycle outside is never anyone's first option, but sometimes, it's the only option.

If you're forced to store a motorcycle outside, here are a few tips to keep your bike in great shape, and minimize the chances of it being stolen.

Let's get started!

Tip 1: Use a Cover!

Seriously, if you don't have a cover and you're storing your motorcycle outside, you may as well put up a billboard advertising your bike to thieves.

A cover is by far the best theft deterrent, and it also helps protect your bike from the elements.

If you don't have one already, invest in a good non-branded motorcycle cover. Don't opt for something that advertises what brand of bike is underneath.

By covering your bike, you immediately swat away temptations of theft.

If you have space and can afford one, getting a portable motorcycle garage is a step up from a traditional cover and is a good call if you're forced to keep your bike outside long term.

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Tip 2: Use a Ground Anchor

The next best tip for storing your motorcycle outside is to use a solid ground anchor and chain your bike to it.

Ground anchors are far better than disc locks because they physically attach the bike to the ground. If you've got a low CC sportbike, a disc lock won't do anything to stop someone from lifting your bike up into a pickup truck and running off with it.

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You can either buy and install a ground anchor or attach the bike to something that's already a part of the ground. Some complexes have ground anchors installed, and in all honesty, trees trunks work great too if you can park near a big enough tree without being in the dirt.

Tip 3: Bring The Bike Inside During Storms & Get a Storage Unit For Winter

I live in Florida. In Florida, we have hurricanes (great!!!). If you know a big storm is approaching, make time to figure out where you're going to store your bike during the storm.

If push comes to shove, most motorcycles will fit through your front door in a pinch. Just make sure you lay down towels to protect your floors from scratches and fluid leaks.

There's no getting around it. If you live in a colder area with harsh winters, invest in a storage unit for your bike during the winter. It doesn't need to be anything fancy, but winter weather do real damage to a bike. Find a storage locker or a garage for rent during winter months if you live somewhere that you expect snow.

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Tip 4: Park It In View & Under a Light

If you can park your bike somewhere that you can see it from a window and in a well-lit area, you're in good shape.

A covered bike under a streetlight next to an open window is a thief's worst nightmare. Thieves want to be able to work quickly in the cover of darkness.

Tip 5: For The Love of God, Get Insurance

Speaking from experience, if you HAVE to store your motorcycle outside, invest in comprehensive motorcycle insurance. Yes, it'll cost more, but if your bike takes storm damage, is vandalized, or stolen, you know you're covered.

Make sure you check the specifics of your motorcycle insurance policy too. Insurance companies make money off of NOT paying out on claims. Double-check that everything you're worried about is covered.

Closing Thoughts

Having to store a motorcycle outside isn't the best case scenario, but its a reality for a lot of riders.

With these tips, you can make the best out of a bad situation and make sure your bike stays in the best shape possible while minimizing the risk of it being stolen.

Do you have any more tips? Let us know in the comments section below!

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