Short-term Always store your motorcycle in a cool, dry place and, if necessary, protect it against dust with a porous cover.
Storing the motorcycle in a poorly ventilated room or cover- ing it with a tarp, while it is still wet, will allow water and humid- ity to seep in and cause rust. To prevent corrosion, avoid damp cellars, stables (because of the presence of ammonia) and areas where strong chemi- cals are stored.
MOTORCYCLE CARE AND STORAGE
Long-term Before storing your motorcycle for sev- eral months:
Follow all the instructions in the “Care” section of this chapter.
For motorcycles equipped with a fuel cock that has an “OFF” posi- tion: Turn the fuel cock lever to “OFF”.
Fill up the fuel tank and add fuel stabilizer (if available) to prevent the fuel tank from rusting and the fuel from deteriorating.
Perform the following steps to pro- tect the cylinders, piston rings, etc. from corrosion.
Remove the spark plug caps and spark plugs.
Pour a teaspoonful of engine oil into each spark plug bore.
Install the spark plug caps onto the spark plugs, and then place the spark plugs on the cylinder head so that the electrodes are ground- ed. (This will limit sparking during the next step.)
Turn the engine over several times with the starter. (This will coat the cylinder walls with oil.)
Remove the spark plug caps from the spark plugs, and then install the spark plugs and the spark plug caps.
WARNING To prevent damage or injury from sparking, make sure to ground the spark plug electrodes while turning the engine over.