Winterizing Your Scooter
autumn! Leaves are turning, the air is cool, crisp and invigorating,
and some of the best riding weather of the year is here for
us to enjoy. But as the weeks progress, the brisk clear breezes
become a cold biting wind. Those colorful leaves are now matting
on the road, wet and slippery, making the possibility of unexpected
skids a real threat. Numbness nips at our fingers and toes,
and no matter how many layers we throw on, it’s just
cold and miserable for riding. At this point, you begin to
think about tucking your scooter away for the winter, until
the weather once again allows you to enjoy your rides. It’s
time to winterize.
one absolute way of winterizing? Probably not, but here are
some suggested tips that will point you in the right direction.
your gas tank (this will help prevent condensation from
building up in the tank).
a fuel stabilizing product such as Stabil to your cold gas
tank, using the manufacturer’s recommended measurement.
your scooter for 10-15 minutes, to allow the gas mixture
to circulate throughout the carburetor and prevent gumming.
Again, top off the gas tank.
for the question of whether to remove the battery. Check
with your dealer to see what his recommendation is. We have
never removed the battery, but we always attach a trickle
charger (such as Battery Tender Jr) to the battery. This
device will deliver a slow charge to your battery, and it's
smart enough to know how much the battery needs to maintain
a charge. It will NOT however, recharge a totally dead battery.
We always use the Battery Tender Jr and never had a problem
with the scooters starting right up in the spring.
sure your tires are at the manufacturer’s recommended
maximum pressure. This will help to prevent “flat
spots” in your tires. Some scooterists recommend that
you raise the tire(s) touching the ground off the floor
on blocks. If the scooter is going to be stored outside
for any length of time, this may be a good suggestion.
is a school of thought that every week or two the scooter
should be started up and allowed to run for 5-10 minutes.
Again, this is a debatable subject --- some say there is
no benefit to running it for a short period of time (others
say it just feels good to hear that engine running again!).
your scooter a good cleaning, removing any road grease,
bug remains, etc.
your scooter. There are several brands of scooter covers
available (check eBay if your dealer doesn’t carry
them). Walmart also sells motorcycle covers that may work
for your scooter. Us? We just throw on a clean sheet!
out and give your scooter a pat and a “hello”
every now and then, just to let it know it’s still