Desert cities, such as Phoenix, Arizona, are a home to tons of different fun activities. One of the most popular activities would have to be riding dirt bikes and ATVs through the sandy dunes of the open desert. However, you need a place to store these recreational vehicles once you're done having the time of your life. Here are five rules to store your dirt bikes and ATVs in storage units.
1. Remember to wash and lubricate your dirt bike and/or ATV. Since you are riding through the dusty desert, it is inevitable that these recreational vehicles are covered in dirt and mud. If you just leave it as it is, your vehicles will most likely develop cosmetic and internal damage, so be sure to thoroughly wash them. After washing, also make sure to dry your dirt bikes and/or ATVs as well. You don't want to develop rust on these vehicles either.
2. Remember to change your dirt bike/ATV's oil. Over time, used oil clumps and inhabits foreign contaminants that can cause some serious damage to your vehicles. Dirty oil can corrode, clump up, and clog your transmission, so avoid these expensive repairs by keeping up with consistent oil changes.
3. Remember to clean out your dirt bike/ATV's gas tank. If they run on fuel, be sure to fill up these vehicles with a full tank's worth of gas and take a ride for a few minutes to distribute this clean fuel. Any empty space in your gas tank can lead to moisture development, which will eventually promote rust development. Once your tank is full, be sure to add a fuel stabilizer to further ensure avoidance of clumps in your lines, carburetor, and injectors.
4. Remember to use a stand to set your dirt bikes/ATVs on. Fill up your tires to the maximum recommended pressure and, then, remove them from the vehicles. Set the tireless vehicles on the stand. By removing the tires, you will prevent flat tires, remove stress on the suspension, and prevent any premature wear and tear to your vehicle.
5. If possible, remove your battery from these recreational vehicles and store it in a warm, dry place. If this is not possible, be sure that your battery is fully charged before you store these recreational vehicles. One recommendation would be to attach a battery float type charger. These chargers will shut off as soon as the battery is fully charged, leaving your battery in pristine condition and avoiding any overcharging accidents like fires.
Follow all these rules and you will have a fully capable, well-maintained dirt bike/ATV ready to go when you pull it out of the storage unit.