Can you store a motorbike in your house?

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Motorcycle owners will tell you how wonderful it is to be able to ride and own a bike. But owning a motorcycle can have it’s annoyances, such as maintenance and figuring out where to store it when you aren’t using it.

For those with an endless supply of money and unlimited space, these aren’t issues at all. But like the rest of us, storage especially can be a bit tricky if you don’t necessarily have all the space you need. Your house may be the best storage option.

Is it possible to store a motorcycle inside your home? You can store a motorcycle in your home if it is not being used. You will need to take safety measures to prevent fumes as well as store it in a place that’s not near any source of heat. It is not recommended to store a motorcycle inside an apartment or condominium.

If you plan on storing your motorcycle indoors, there’s a lot more to it than just parking it in the living room and calling it good. There’s a lot to consider when storing your motorcycle indoors and it’s important you do it right to ensure your safety as well as the safety of other household members.

How to store a motorcycle indoors

Whether you simply don’t have a place to park your motorcycle or you need a reliable place to store your motorcycle for the winter, bringing your machine in your home may seem pretty enticing. This applies especially if your house has a ramp, or is on the ground.

Before bringing in your motorcycle, you’ll need to do a little prep around your house first. Having a motorcycle stored inside can be an eye sore for some, so you’ll need to make sure that other house hold members are okay with it.

Next, consider where you live. Are there pets or children that could possibly interact with the bike and scratch it? Oder worse, could it tip on them? If you have young children or mischievous pets, it’s not a good idea to store your motorcycle inside.

Next, figure out where in your house you’re going to store it. You should choose a room with good ventilation and that isn’t used often. Make sure you don’t use a room that has the washer and dryer, water heater, or furnace in it as those can use open flames which is dangerous around a fuming motorcycle.

Lay a quality tarp on the area you want to park your motorcycle. Next, have some sort of pan (a cookie sheet works great), and a 2×4 block ready.

If possible, fill the motorcycle’s entire gas tank with gas. Then start it up until all the gas has run out. This will stop any fumes from getting into your home. You should empty the oil well, if possible. This will help to prevent any further fire hazards and oil leaks. Just don’t forget you emptied the oil when you go to start it!

You can now bring your motorcycle in. Tape the tires if the tires are dirty and you don’t want dirt to get on any carpet. Place it in the area you wish to store it, and then place it on top the tarp. If you’re going to use the kick stand, place the 2×4 block underneath it so the kickstand doesn’t sink in the carpet. To catch any drips, place the cookie sheets underneath the motorcycle.

If you have one, put a cloth in the end of your exhaust pipes and your carburetor’s air intake to reduce the chance of fumes. To keep your motorcycle from getting any residual smells, as well as protecting it from dust and scratches, you can also cover it with a cover (click here for an article that I wrote about the cover I recommend).

Don’t forget to occasionally check on it to make sure it’s not leaking anywhere you don’t have protection.

Advantages Of Storing Indoors

It may sound strange to non-motorcyclists that a motorcycle is stored inside, but there are several obvious reasons people do it. If you’re caught in a discussion and trying to convince someone why you should store a motorcycle inside, try discussing some of the following advantages.

Temperature control is a major benefit if you plan to use your home as a winter storage area for your motorcycle.. Cold temperatures can be very harsh on motorcycles, both the oil and gas inside as well as their battery. Most people end up having to get a new battery come spring time because they don’t properly care for it. You can read my article about winter care for your motorcycle battery.

The harshness of winter or even rainstorms can cause water to build up inside the motorcycle in places it shouldn’t. The buildup of water and condensation in a motorcycle engine can lead to it rusting and even causing the engine to seize. (See my article on motorcycle engine seizure). It is best to keep your motorcycle in storage so that it does not happen.

You can prevent theft by keeping your motorcycle inside. If you’re storing your motorcycle inside, that usually means you don’t have a garage to store it in (or there isn’t enough room) so the alternative would be to keep it parked outside in the open. This increases the likelihood of your motorcycle being stolen. Your motorcycle will be safe if you have it inside.

Storing indoors: The disadvantages

There are several disadvantages to storing your motorcycle within your home. You should weigh them all before you make that decision.

First, consider the possibility of the motorcycle emitting toxic fumes. Even if you completely drain the gas and the oil from the motorcycle, there’s still a chance for it to emit fumes. If you do smell gas, get your motorcycle out and inspect the source.

Due to the exhaust fumes from motorcycles, it has been known that they can set fire to homes. It’s not a common occurrence, but it has happened before. That’s why it’s important to store it away from any heat source and ensure the fumes don’t reach them. It is dangerous to store a motorcycle in an apartment or condo.

Finally, insurance won’t pay for any damage to your property or home caused by the storage of a motorcycle. You will have to assume liability for all damages because it’s considered a self induced accident.

Why You Shouldn’t Store Your Motorcycle In Apartments Or Condos

You may not have enough storage space to store your motorcycle, especially if it is in an apartment or condo. Apartments often have only one parking space, and may not allow for additional tenants. This will mean that motorcycle owners have no other options than to park in the guest parking lot or on the street.

It will be tempting to park your motorbike indoors if the apartment or condo you live in is this. It is not recommended that you do this for several reasons.

Parking a motorcycle in a facility that you don’t own could mean trouble for you as a tenant. Though a contract may not specifically say that you cannot park a motorcycle inside, landlords still have a right to take action towards you if they find out you’ve done so. This is especially true if you’ve taken extreme measures to get your motorcycle inside such as riding up the stairs or using a lift to get it up to the 3rd floor.

As we have already stated, riding a motorcycle indoors can pose many hazards. Not only is it dangerous to have a motorcycle in an apartment or condo, but also for other reasons. It also places all tenants at risk. If something happens that is caused by your motorcycle being parked inside and it hurts other people, your renters insurance won’t pay and you’re held liable for all damages.

Similar Questions

Is it possible to keep a motorcycle out of the cold? A motorcycle can be kept outside during winter provided it is properly prepared and covered with a reliable, waterproof cover. This will prevent moisture or water from entering areas that could cause damage. You can click here for more details.

What is the cost of a motorcycle storage unit? Each region is a little different with their prices, but a typical 5×10 storage unit costs on average about $60 a month to rent. A 5×10 unit only costs a little more than a 5×5 unit, so a 5×10 may be worth it for most people. Click here to read my article.

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