While your motorcycle will look perfectly sleek and cool as soon as you bring it home from the dealership, it will take a bit of work to keep it looking that perfect. Your motorcycle is open to the elements so much of the time and is prone to developing nicks and scratches, and coats of dust and dirt. Plus, sunlight, rain, wind, and ice can take a toll on the painted finish, the metal, and myriad other parts, such as the seat and handlebars. Here are four ways that you can protect your investment and love the way that your ride looks for years.
Automobile wax is a simple way to protect the paint from many of the elements, such as dirt, rain, and sunlight. The protective layers of wax that rest on your motorcycle let rain and dirt slide off and protects the paint from UV radiation. Also, be sure to use dashboard polish to protect the plastic parts. Wax once per year at minimum before storing your bike.
Use Powder Coating or Paint Film
If you want to go one step further, you can professionally coat your paint. A powder coating uses pigment and resin that is sprayed onto the bike’s painted surfaces. Because the powder is electrically charged, it sticks to the electrically-grounded bike until the powder is heated and cured. Another option is paint film, which protects your bike from the elements, plus scratches, road debris, and winter salt. Plus, it only requires a quick professional installation.
Get a Quality Cover
A cover is the best way to protect your motorcycle from all of the elements when you are not riding it, especially if you do not have a garage or shed in which to park your bike. Instead of a simple tarp that can actually scratch the paint, opt for a dedicated motorcycle cover that is heat resistant and that has drawstrings on it to pull it tight around your motorcycle.
Install a Motorcycle Garage
Of course, the best option of all is the garage. If you can park your motorcycle in your home’s garage, be sure to keep it away from windows where sunlight can damage it. If you do not have any room in your garage, consider a special motorcycle shed made from galvanized steel for ultimate protection during the winter.
These motorcycle care tips will help you protect your bike during the riding season and will keep it protected from the elements during the winter months when you are no longer riding. Consider what type of motorcycle you have, what storage areas you already have, and where you plan to ride your bike. The time and money you spend on protecting your bike will save you more money in the long run.