Motorcycle winter storage is a necessity in Toronto. Anyone who’s stored their motorcycle out in the cold for the winter probably wishes they hadn’t. Trust me. I’m still lamenting the rust my motorcycle got out in the cold in Winter 2010. Lessons were learned. Since then, I always make sure that my motorcycles have someplace warm and dry to sleep.
It’s not like you can’t store a motorcycle yourself though. Properly storing a motorcycle means, at a minimum, using stabilizer to make sure your gas doesn’t go bad and cause problems downstream, a battery tender to make sure your battery isn’t dead in the spring time, and rolling your bike forward and back to avoid any flat spots. Basically, you need to do these 7 Easy Steps to Winterize Your Motorcycle Yourself.
But if you’d rather have someone take care of winter storage for you, or just don’t have somewhere warm and dry to park it, you should probably figure something out soon.
The good news is that putting your bike in the hands of a professional not only takes away the work from you and saves you time, it also means that a professional is looking at your motorcycle for you too. They might see things you would otherwise miss or wouldn’t know to check. That might just save you some hardship down the road.
This will be my 13th winter as a motorcyclist in Toronto, based on my experiences, here are the only two places that I would recommend for motorcycle winter storage in the city.
1: Motorcycle Towing Toronto
Motorcycle Towing Toronto has been storing motorcycles for four years, with an emphasis on convenience. The business offers a new take on motorcycle winter storage designed around saving the customer time and making your life easier. This winter storage package actually comes to you, picks up your motorcycles, winterizes it, stores it in a safe, warm, and stores it in a secured facility. Come spring time, your motorcycle is delivered to you, or if you prefer, delivered directly to a shop of your choice for any work it may need.
The service is excellent as it means no more having to travel to and from a dealership in the cold. It also saves you the cost of a Uber ride back home and to the shop again in the spring, or the inconvenience of having to have a friend or loved one be your personal driver twice a year. You just schedule an appointment and they take care of everything. They even offer some simple motorcycle service for vehicles stored with them over the winter if you want a fresh oil change to start the riding season.
October 15 – April 15
$499 – Standard winter storage package with free pick up and drop off for most of the city
Small additional gas fee for those a little further out
2) Studio Cycle
If you’re in the west end of Toronto, you’re probably already familiar with Studio Cycle. I’ve not only recommended them on several occasions, I used to work there myself years ago. Studio maintains an awesome team of motorcyclists who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about bikes.
If you’re looking for a traditional winter storage experience, they’re the perfect choice for you.
October 1 – April 15
$499 – Standard winter storage package
$549 – Winter storage + semi-synthetic oil change
$599 – Winter storage + full-synthetic oil change
Conclusions on motorcycle winter storage in Toronto
Proper winter storage is an important part of caring for your motorcycle if you live in Toronto. If you have a heated garage, you can follow my advice to store your motorcycle yourself. But the good news for the rest of us is, even without a garage, we still have two kick-ass options available to us: The tried-and-true dealership approach, or the new-age comes-right-to-your-door option.
But right now it looks sunny, and it’s still warm out, so I’m going to go out for a quick ride before it’s too late!