So there I was, looking outside towards my two car garage, hands pressed against the cold window, wondering, “Is my motorcycle thinking about me, too?” She was on the other side of the garage door. Cold, lonely, and neglected. I started to feel bad, as I deserved to feel. So I decided to make things right.
How to Bring Your Motorcycle Inside the House
First, give your motorcycle the winter storage treatment
- Wash your motorcycle
- Fill the gas tank
- Pour in some fuel stabilizer
- Run the engine to get the fuel stabilizer through the fuel system
- If you have carburetors drain the float bowl
You can check out an article on how I made the ramp to bring my motorcycle inside here.
Note: I got a free copy of the Cyclepedia manual my KYMCO Venox 250. Cyclepedia is the exclusive content provider for KYMCO service manuals. I was looking for detailed instructions on how to drain my carburetor float bowls. The microfiche was helpful, but the there were no detailed instructions on carb draining per se. Given that it was cold out and I didn’t want to figure it out myself, I simply ran the stabilizer through the system and did not drain the float bowl.
Next, take your measurements
- Handlebar width
- Motorcycle length
Have a plan for protecting your home
- Protect the floors from leaks
- Protect walls from tires and handlebars
Additional info and tips
- Bringing a vehicle inside your home may nullify your home insurance
- I haven’t noticed any smell of gas or any motorcycle smell unless I’m standing immediately beside the motorcycle
- I think the bike looks better without Christmas lights and will be removing them
- It’s a great conversation piece, everyone absolutely loves it
- Having a second person would’ve been a lot easier… but I’m stubborn so I brought it in solo
- I’m not sure that my 800cc cruiser would fit, so I only brought my 250cc in for starters
- I’ll try to bring the 800cc in when I have a friend to give me a hand
Granted this is going in reverse chronological order, but hey, whatever… here’s the Before shot.
Last but not least, you could say the whole idea was inspired by Fuzzygalore’s knobby tire Christmas Wreath that I’ve quietly envied since 2011. Fuzz, I call your tire wreath, and I raise you a second tire, and the rest of the bike, too!
Just kidding. Fuzz’s Christmas Wreath seems to be all the rage this season, with other riders sending in their own Christmas Wreaths pics.