There’s nothing like the freedom of being on a motorcycle, especially in the spring and summer when the weather is just begging you to be out in it. At the end of your ride, however, you’ll want a secure place to store your ride to keep it safe from the elements and from people with less than above-board interest! Here are the best motorcycle storage solutions.
Your home garage. Ok, this seems pretty obvious. But given how many folks can’t actually park their vehicles in their garages, it’s often overlooked. If you have a garage attached to your home or otherwise on your property, take time to clean it out so that you can safely store your bike between rides.
Metal motorcycle storage unit. There are several brands available of these perfectly-sized metal sheds. Metal walls provide excellent protection against hail, wind, and other hazards, making this a perfect choice for people who live in volatile climates. These sheds arrive mostly assembled — you’ll only need basic tools — so they’re also an easy solution. With ample room and double doors, a metal motorcycle shed is definitely worth considering.
Self-enclosing motorcycle shelter. These look a bit like a clamshell or the heavy plastic wrapping that comes on action figures — which means that your bike actually looks pretty cool. Made of heavy-duty plastic and lined with polyurethane, these shelters are excellent at keeping out moisture, making them a good choice for those who live in a rainy climate. They’re ventilated to let out the humidity, too. Self-contained and easy to assemble, these are a good choice for those who live in apartment complexes or other places where building a garage or motorcycle shelter isn’t an option.
Shed-in-a-Box. It’s just what it sounds like — a complete shed that comes in a box. With a steel frame and heavy-duty polyethylene covers, these are a great solution for those who can’t (or don’t want to) put up more permanent structures like sheds. These are water resistant, making them a good choice for people who live in wet climates, and are resistant to wind as well.
Folding motorcycle shelter. With a steel frame and waterproof cover, these foldable frames are great for when you need to pop up some shelter for your ride. You can also use them within the garage or other storage shed to protect your bike from dust and dings. Best of all, these fold down quickly and are easy to carry away or store when they’re not in use.
Pre-fab storage shed. You don’t have to get a specially designed “motorcycle” shed to keep your bike safe. Pre-fabricated storage sheds, available at home centers, farm stores, and many big-box retailers with a garden section, are an excellent and low-fuss choice. Choose one made of sturdy material — heavy duty plastic or metal might be better choices than wood, depending on your climate — and make sure you have ample room to move your bike in and out. Double doors are a good choice, and if you can set your shed flush with the ground (so you don’t have to step up and down), so much the better.
Motorcycle covers. These are perhaps the easiest to find, and to handle, but they offer the least protection. But any protection from the elements is better than none! Motorcycle covers, typically made of polyethylene or canvas, come in a variety of weights and sizes. Some simply drape over the bike, while others can be secured. Take a look at the choices at your retailer and weigh what your needs are in terms of climate, precipitation, and how long your bike will sit between rides.
Finding motorcyle storage can be incredibly important when you need to leave it unused for long periods of time. Since it is likely one of the most valuable and necessary things you own, you will want to make sure it’s stored in a place that is safe and keeps it shielded from the elements as much as possible.