November 15, 2009 19:00 ET

Swinton Warns Bikers to Prepare Their Motorbikes for Winter Storage

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2009) - As the winter weather approaches, Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of motorbike insurance, is advising bikers to prepare their bikes before putting them into storage.

Motorists planning to give up riding to avoid bad driving conditions this winter are being advised how to keep their bike in tip-top condition. During spring, many bikers who failed to prepare their bike for storage bring out their motorcycles only to find it won't start or is in need of repair.

Swinton is urging bikers to choose a safe storage location away from windows, as light can fade paint and plastic parts. Leaving a bike to stand for a long period can cause it to rust; to avoid this bikers should wax their bike and spray metal surfaces with WD40.

Bikers should follow the following tips when preparing their bike for storage-

- Turn the engine off, change the oil and restart the engine to circulate the new oil.

- Tyres should be turned regularly to avoid the tyres deforming or becoming damaged

- Lubricate the chain

- Turn the fuel petcock to the off position and run the engine until it quits.

- Fill the gas tank to the top and add a fuel stabilising additive

- Remove the battery and put it on a charge

- Cover the bike with a motorcycle cover

- Check tyres regularly to ensure they are at the correct pressure

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bike Insurance, said: "We would recommend bikers prepare their motorcycles before storing it for winter. Failing to do this could result in riders making an insurance claim in the spring when they're ready to start cycling again.

"Storing a bike efficiently will make the start up much easier when the weather gets better."

About Swinton

- With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

- Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

- Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

- With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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