What happens if we don’t use bike for 6 months? Then this happens!


It’s been a while since you’ve ridden your bike. It’s been so long that you can’t even remember the last time you took it out for a spin. You’re starting to wonder if maybe you should just sell it now while it still has some value. But then again, you don’t want to just give up on your bike without trying to ride it at least once first. So what do you do?

You can’t just put off your bike or car for six months and expect it will be fine. Oils greases in cars degrade over time without use; if you don’t drive them after that point, they may need servicing before running again.

Vehicle and bike engines and their parts rely on oils, greases, or some other type of liquid to remain effective. When these fluids degrade, they lose their effectiveness, leading to degraded performance and an increased risk for failure since there will be less protection against wear-and-tear on various components within an engine itself.

The best way you could help protect your car from this kind of aging? Keep it serviced at regular intervals so that any necessary repairs are always done when needed rather than waiting until something goes wrong later down the line.

The brakes may seem to be jammed, but actually, it just needs some gentle tapping with a screwdriver or hammer. If you hear squealing noises when pressing on the caliper blades, spray WD40 onto any rust-prone metal areas before continuing onward.

The newest cars and bikes will likely last for up to a month without needing any work, but older ones may need maintenance. This isn’t only due to the batteries’ poor condition; it’s also because rust and fungus can flourish in high humidity or coastal regions with lots of rainfall which causes unnecessary damage over time.

Side Note

If you’re not going to use your bike for an extended period, it’s best to store it in a dry and cool place. This will help prolong the life of your bike and keep it in good condition. You should also make sure to clean it before putting it away.

If you haven’t ridden your bike in a while, there are a few things you should do before taking it out for a spin. 

The first is to check the tire pressure and ensure that they’re properly inflated. You should also check the brakes and gears to ensure they’re working properly. Finally, you’ll want to take it for a quick test ride around the block so that you can get used to how it feels again.

Can we keep a Motorbike unused for a year?

Yes, you can easily store your bike for a year without doing too much work. 

The first thing you should do is change the oil, filter and top off with fresh gas. If needed, use a stabilizer such as Stabil to keep your fuel from becoming too warm or volatile. Follow instructions on the bottle for the correct amount used per hour/tank volume. Run bike 10 minutes before getting out so it warms up yet another notch (you’ll thank me later).

The next thing you should do is park your bike safely and remove the battery. Place it on wood or something similar so that its power isn’t lost by accident.

Next, hook up an external charger to juiced-up terminals until everything’s good again before connecting both components back into their respective slots inside of your home workshop cabinet.

To ensure your bike stays in top condition, use a motorcycle cover to shelter it from dust. You should also fill the tires with air and check tire pressure before riding.

Make sure that no one starts and idles your bike while out. It’s important to warm up the entire engine/transmission, not just part of it, especially because The engine and transmission won’t warm up properly this way, so your ride could be dangerous.

The acids in your engine will ruin it to form inside the engine and water vapors, leading to corrosion over time. Those substances burn off when you ride your motorcycle and heat all components within the operating temperature range for a brief period before being vented back out by ventilated channels.

When you come back from a long trip, be sure to drain the gas and change out your car’s oil. If possible, keep it on an electric charger, but remove any tires lower than ground level so they don’t get damaged by volatility in fuel while charging.

Make sure the chain is oiled when you leave and change brake fluid. Make sure you oil them when leaving. Replacing the brake fluid will help to prevent any flat spots from forming on your tires.

Can we keep bicycles unused for a year?

 Yes, that’s no problem. When storing your bike, make sure it’s in a dry area with good airflow and only hang two-wheelers by their wheels. The tires will lose pressure over time, so if you can find something sturdy enough for support, put them up high where they won’t be prone to get scraped on any surfaces below.

If you have a low-pressure tire and pump it up, there might still be little bumps until the air has time to go out of your way.

how to keep my bike idle for straight 3 months

Follow these few simple things:

  • Park your bike on a double stand and cover it with anything that will fully protect you from the elements.
  • Make sure that the petcock is off before servicing.
  • To avoid rusting of the inside, fill up your tank completely.
  • Change engine oil.
  • Clean and lube chain
  • fill tires with air as recommended. 
  • Lube your bike’s clutch and brake levers to ensure they work properly.
  • Clean the bike properly
  • Cover the bike
  • To avoid damage to the battery, you should disconnect it 

Starting a motorcycle that has been sitting for years

If you don’t follow the steps here, especially making sure pistons/rings are not stuck or fused to cylinders, then your engine might turn but won’t start.

  • Ensure to drain and replace all fluids (engine, brake, and other oils).
  • Replace oil, air, and fuel filters.
  • Inspect all rubber/plastic components (tires, gaskets) and replace anything grayed out or stiffened. Tires older than a couple of years should be replaced as well.
  • Inspect the entire fuel system, starting with your tank and ending on carburetor or injection jets.
  • Ensure you check, clean, and reconnect all of your electrical connections/plugs. You should also pay extra attention to the ignition system and ECU (electronic control unit).
  • The battery is almost certainly dead. Get a new one.
  • For all kinds of bikes, make sure to inspect your chain and replace it if necessary. You may also need some lube for the sprockets on shaft-driven models or oil though that depends entirely upon how often you ride them.
  • Ensure that your controls work as they should, from switches to handlebars and brakes.
  • Thoroughly inspect brakes. Replace brake pads, cables, hoses if necessary.
  • Make sure that the moving parts of your car are working smoothly. This means checking for oil leaks and lubing all exposed metal surfaces with bearings grease or other traction-inducing fluids as needed.
  • Replace spark plugs.

Now that you’ve done all this, try turning the crankshaft with spark plugs out and the battery disconnected (use either a wrench or kick-starter). 

If it turns smoothly, keep turning for a few minutes while spraying some WD40 through the hole where pistons go into the cylinder wall. If nothing happens at first glance, there’s probably rust inside preventing the engine from spinning, which will have to be taken apart before anything else can happen.

Running an engine with low-quality oil will result in stuttering and hesitation, so be prepared for many kicks. On the other hand, recharging your battery originally takes time. I suggest using synthetic motor oils if you want optimal performance!

Adding SeaFoam to oilOpens in a new tab. and tank the first time is a good idea too.

Get on your bike and ride it. Picture the worst-case scenario in which everything goes wrong. 

Make sure to pay attention so you can identify any problems with this machine before they happen, or at least know how much time is left after fixing one problem before others crop up.

Potential problems with leaving a motorcycle leaning on its side-stand

There are no problems with leaving a motorcycle on the side stand unless it has been there for too long. Several weeks even a month or two, should not pose any issues.

Indeed, the tires won’t develop a flat spot in those few months unless they’re cheap.

There is no reason why a motorbike should not lean on its side-stand for as long and consecutive periods without experiencing any problems.

The motorcycle’s engine oil level may shift, but that won’t be a problem for you. If the bike is upright and balanced properly when checking on this particular fluid in its system, it should flow back where ever needed without any hassle.

The only bike that might have an issue with oil buildup is a boxer-engined motorcycle, like BMW. More specifically, the cylinder heads will be prone to being pooling with excess fluid when left unattended while still running hot and ready for action in your garage or driveway at any point of time during storage after use (especially if it’s warm outside).

If we are talking about longer periods, I could think of two possible problems:

The tires suffer because they’re carrying the whole weight of your bike and don’t have any room to move. If you put it on its center, stand at least one tire will be in the air, which could cause problems for traction.

Some engines have been known to store fuel at an angle. I hear that some twin carburetors will collect too much gasoline and cause the engine to not start or run properly until we drain it out of one chamber, so both chambers are level again. Then try starting with a fresh gas supply.

The oil level is another issue. Many bike manufacturers require that you have your bike upright for accurate readings, but these may be false positives if it has been leaning on one side.

How often should you start your motorcycle?

It is important to start your motorcycle at least once a week for it not only to run right but also keep nice and lubricated. After shutting off the engine last time around, make sure you let all gas petcock close so that any residue can escape before starting again with fresh fuel input.

This will help prevent gum-up bowls or jets within carbs when using oil throughout winter.

Ride your bike for an hour to heat the engine and driveline. Fill up with gas, so you don’t have any moisture left when parking afterward, adding in some extra fuel stabilizer for good measure.

If you have a carburetor, turn it off and disconnect the petcock. If your bike is fuel injected, remove any lines from carbs so they don’t cause more problems when starting or run it until empty; if not able to do this, then charge the battery with one of these chargers that keep lead-acid batteries charged up.

When riding your bike, never just sit there and idle it for any length of time. The heated crankcases will bring moisture that can attack bearings over the long run if not properly cooled with outside air when needed.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR MOTORCYCLE FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE

To best protect your bike from corrosion and other damage, here’s how you can prepare it for long-term storage.

Surface Prep

Before putting it away, you should give your bike a thorough cleaning letting bug guts or water spots sit on the paint can corrode and finish. 

Wash and dry thoroughly to get all moisture off surfaces, then add wax as an additional barrier against rusting & other damage that might happen over time while you store up for winter.

You might also consider using a corrosion inhibitor like Scottoiler FS365 to protect surfaces from corrosion and discoloration. The best thing about it? It’s easy on your budget.

Tend to the Battery

As important as your engine is to the performance and life, you may not think about how often it’s checked for maintenance. There are some easy ways that seasonal storage can help extend battery power, so make sure this crucial component stays healthy.

Battery maintenance systems like the Battery Tender Junior or Oxford Oximiser 600 will keep your battery when you’re not using it to preserve its charge.

Prep the Fuel System

The introduction of ethanol into today’s fuels has caused many problems for storage- containing dried up or liquidated water which can lead to corrosion in both carbureted systems and fuel-injected ones if not enough time is given before being used again.

The only way to deal with this is by filling up your tank and treating the fuel system with an additive specifically designed for dealing with problems caused by ethanol-based fuels.

Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment by StarBrite and Sta-Bil Ethanol Fuel Treatment are both proven products that will make sure that your motorcycle’s fuel system is working properly.

Replace Engine Oil

Motor oil is a complex substance that does more than just act as an oily coating for your engine. The particles found within it aid in filtering out dirt and rust from the air while also holding onto other grosser substances like leaves or sand. Before they can make their way into one of many important components such as filters themselves.

When you store your motorcycle with used oil, the carbon will slowly separate and rise to the surface. This deposit is extremely corrosive, which can cause etching on metal surfaces like transmission gears or bearings.

Bel-Ray, Maxima, and K&N all offer top-quality products to help keep the inside of your engine clean.

Don’t Forget the Tires.

Don’t leave it weighted in one position for too long if you have a soft or flat tire. Store your motorcycle on its center stand (if available) and/or paddock stands as these Front & Rear Elevation Paddock Stands from R&G Racing to prevent any permanent damage.

Cover It Up

A properly fitted motorcycle cover provides both outdoor and indoor protection. Indoors, it will protect your bike’s paint from abrasive dust as well as minor impacts that can occur when a biker is storing their ride outdoors. 

Moisture won’t be able to get trapped underneath, thanks in part because of waterproofing qualities- so no corrosion or rust.

Jim Harmer

I am Jim Harmer and I am in love with the outdoors. I share all the information I know on all activities I like doing in my home in this website. You are welcome to read and reach out for more information.

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