By Molly Hammond, Storage.com

Whether you’re being deployed overseas, vacationing for a few months, only ride your motorcycle on the weekends, or live in an area where the weather isn’t always perfect for riding, using a self storage unit to store your motorcycle is a great way to make sure that it remains in tip-top shape throughout the year. That’s why we’ve compiled some advice for finding the best vehicle storage for your motorcycle and preparing your bike for storage.

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Finding the Right Motorcycle Storage Option

When storing a motorcycle in self storage, you’ll want to find a storage solution that will protect your bike from the weather. Boats and RVs can get away with outdoor storage because they’re sturdier, but motorcycles need more protection. This is especially true if you live in an area where the weather isn’t favorable for most of the year.

Luckily, the solution is simple. Unlike boats and RVs, Motorcycles are small enough to be stored inside of medium sized storage units such as a 5×10, which gives them all the cover they need from the weather.

Features & Amentities to Consider When Storing Your Motorcycle

Carlos Martinez, a representative for Value Store It, recommends that motorcycle owners look for the following storage features when moving their bikes into indoor vehicle storage:

  • Climate-controlled storage: With climate control, you’re able to keep your motorcycle in an environment where temperature and humidity levels are moderated, which prevents rusting.
  • Drive-up access: This feature allows you to drive up to your unit for easy loading and unloading.
  • Additional security: Individually-alarmed units, on-site management, video surveillance, and gated access are all great security features to have when storing a motorcycle, as it protects your unit from break-ins.
  • 24-hour access: It would be inconvenient to find out your storage facility is closed when you want to grab your bike after work or on the weekend. With 24-hour access, however, you can grab your bike whenever it works with your schedule.

While the decision is ultimately yours when it comes to storage features, these are all helpful amenities to have for preserving your bike and making your vehicle storage experience hassle-free.

Get the Right Storage Unit Size

As for storage unit size, a 5×10 storage unit is generally big enough to house one motorcycle and any accessories you may have, like helmets or jackets. However, if you’ll be storing multiple motorcycles, you may want to look into a larger unit, such as a 10×10 or 10×15.

There’s also an option for short-term vehicle storage with some facilities. This is very useful if you’re going out of town or being deployed for a few months, or if you only drive your motorcycle half of the year. If this is your situation, ask the facility you’re interested in about short-term rental agreements or month-to-month leasing options. That way, you only pay for motorcycle storage when you need it.

Motorcycle Storage Pricing

With 5×10 to 5×15 being the storage unit size range for storing one motorcycle up to a couple, the monthly cost to store your bike should fit in the price ranges below:

5×10 Storage Unit Prices

If only storing one bike, you should be able to get away with a 5×10 storage unit. In smaller markets, you can find this storage unit size for roughly $35 to $50 a month. If you’re in a larger market with over 1.5 million residents, cost rises to the $50 to $85 a month range.

10×10 Storage Unit Prices

If storing two motorcycles, you a 10×10 storage unit is more realistic. These range from $80 to $100 in price in smaller markets, and go for $140 to $160 in larger markets.

Prepare Your Motorcycle for Storage

As soon as you have your storage unit secured, it’s time to prep your bike for storage. If you’re storing your motorcycle for a longer period of time and don’t plan to ride it for some time, there are additional preparations necessary for keeping your bike in good shape. Gerde Applethwaite, a blogger for Helmet City, suggested these steps:

  1. Make sure your bike’s coolant system is leak-free and your anti-freeze mix is fresh. This will ensure that your motorcycle works properly after it’s been sitting for a while.
  2. Fill your tires. Tires will slowly leak air while they’re in storage, so it’s best to fill them up before storing so you don’t come back to two flat tires.
  3. Don’t forget about the battery. Like any other vehicle, a motorcycle battery can die if it goes unused for long periods of time. Applethwaite recommends removing the battery and putting it on a mild trickle charger or lender to keep it from losing its charge entirely. It’s particularly important to keep Lithium batteries charged, too, since draining them may prevent the battery from ever charging again.

There are a number of different reasons to store a motorcycle, and no matter what yours is, self storage is the perfect way to keep your bike safe and shiny while you’re apart. The only thing that matters as much as where you ride your motorcycle is where you store it!

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Molly Hammond is a member of the content team at Storage.com. An equal opportunity storage enthusiast, Molly writes about everything, from where to store your extra boat to turning your storage unit into a custom cosplay workshop. When she’s not learning about the evils of plastic bags for clothing storage, she’s eating french fries, watching HBO, and wishing for snow.
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  • Rob Scherer

    Thoughts on storing a bike in a drive up unit that is not climate controlled…the reason being my storage place doesn’t have that particular combo (drive up and CC)? It does have excellent security however. It will be driven at least weekly for most of the year…I live in Maryland but the max it would go without a ride would be maybe a month…

    • http://www.b2interactive.com/ AaronMackel

      That will work just fine, Rob. Drive up and climate control are not common together. Since you’ll be driving it pretty regularly, the drive up unit should be all you need. Sounds like you already have a place to store it, but let us know if you need help finding a storage unit for your bike!

  • Phil

    I just got a bike for use in the USA, I spend a lot of time working overseas and will need to store on those occasions. I’m in Houston, so freezing isn’t the main issue so much as hot summers. Sounds like a 5×10 drive up would be perfect, my next concern is battery charging. Would any facilities have power available to trickle charge?