Best way to store a bike?

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7/7/2018 2:18 AM

I am curious if there is a "correct" way to store your bike between rides. Is it better to have the bike fully raised on a stand with no load on suspension or is it better to have it sitting under it's own weight?

Just curious if there is any benefit to doing it either way.



7/7/2018 3:14 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/7/2018 3:17 AM

Ive always kicked the engine over by hand to feel it hit top dead center and store it there anytime i store it over a month. I think it's good for the valve seats but I dont hear about many guys doing it.


7/7/2018 9:08 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/7/2018 9:09 AM

RedDirtDog wrote:

Ive always kicked the engine over by hand to feel it hit top dead center and store it there anytime i store it over a month. I ...more

I'm not sure there's any logic to this. Your valve seats aren't going to be damaged if a valve set is left closed for an extended period of time. If anything, perhaps it's beneficial to the valve springs to ease the tension on them but this is still without logic.


7/7/2018 10:21 AM



7/7/2018 10:26 AM

I don't think it makes any difference how you store it between rides except if its going to be in storage for extended periods,then there are some thing to do so its ready to go but they are mostly fuel related. On a stand or leaned against a wall or a triangle stand wont matter. cool


Ed Johnson

7/7/2018 10:49 AM

I like the keep it on a stand, I feel like my fork seals last longer. My parents used to road bike to so its been ingrained in me to not leave the tires under load (a road bike tire is much different than an MX but it can't hurt.)
If it is carburated make sure to run the gas out of the carb before you store or ethanol will come and bite ya.


Greg D.
2018 yz250f

7/7/2018 11:02 AM



7/7/2018 11:05 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/7/2018 11:06 AM

oil the chain, drain the carb & unhook the neg battery cable if applicable, TDC compression stroke, on the stand, out of the rain, If it sits for more then a season (10 months?) , fog the engine.

Or just let me ride it, then you wont have to mess with all that


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7/7/2018 11:05 AM



7/7/2018 2:13 PM

Possibly all in my head, but I feel I've had much better luck with fork seals over the years when I've left my bikes on stands.

Springs also wear (even if over a very long period of time), so why leave any weight on the suspension when you're not riding?

Also, I pretty much never ride in July or August (SoCal), but I'll fire up my bike a couple times during this off season period. YZ250, so no bullshit electronics to worry about.