These are 5 easy ways to keep your motorcycle warm in winter.

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Due to the extreme cold temperatures that can affect our motorcycles, keeping them warm during winter is an important priority.  I’ve lived in harsh cold climates most of my adult life. Below are the top ways to keep your motorcycle warm during winter.

Here are some of the best ways to keep your bike warm in winter:

  • Heated motorcycle engine block
  • Garage overhead heater
  • A thick electric blanket is placed around the engine, carburetors and other parts of the vehicle.
  • A cover for your electric heated motorcycle
  • Under the motorcycle cover, a motorbike cover air flow heater
  • An electric heater blowing on the engine block prior to startup

You can keep your motorcycle warm in winter for many reasons.  It will prolong battery life and reduce chances of condensation causing damage to rust. It will also help tires last longer without becoming brittle.  You should consider heating your motorcycle in winter for these reasons.

Heater for Motorcycle Engine Block

These heaters, which are usually small rectangular black pieces with a metal face, magnetize metal components and heat them up.  These heaters are used widely in the motorcycle community to heat certain parts of a motorcycle before it goes out on its journey. They are inexpensive and highly effective.

I’ve seen them used on engine blocks, carburetors, oil pans, and fuel tanks.  They are most commonly used to attach to the engine’s side to heat the cylinders and aid in combustion. An engine that is cold can have trouble starting in winter. A small electric heater can help.

The bottom of an oil pan is the second most frequent place you will see an engine block heater.  If you ever go to a motorcycle race you’ll probably see this on every single motorcycle unless it’s on a really hot day. Preheating the oil will reduce friction and improve the quality of the motorbike’s performance.

It’s also not uncommon to see them stuck to the carburetors or side of the fuel tank.  The engine can start much more easily if the fuel is heated up a little, especially on cold days. This engine block heater is a great way to keep your motorcycle warm during winter.

Garage Overhead Heater

This is the best way to keep my motorcycle warm during winter. These overhead hanging heaters can be very inexpensive and provide heat that is evenly distributed across the entire garage.

The garage can feel much more comfortable with overhead heaters.  Utah and Idaho are where I’ve lived most of my life. It is very cold and harsh in winter.  Trying to work on my motorcycle when it’s 10°F outside is miserable, it freezes your hands and nothing seems to go right.

An overhead heater is a great addition.  I can be in comfort in a tee shirt and jeans for hours in the garage.  Plus, it keeping the entire motorcycle up to a more acceptable temperature where parts won’t get damaged.

Winter is the best season to tackle all your motorcycle projects that you’ve been wanting to complete but have never had the time.  But if the garage is freezing cold you aren’t going to be motivated to do it, so buying a heater big enough for a two car garage (or whatever size shed or garage you have) is the perfect fix.

This is my favorite method. It keeps your motorcycle warm in winter and also keeps you warm in winter.

Heavy Electric Blanket

This has been used with motorcycle owners.  This is a good option for those who want to ride their motorcycle in the colder months, or who just like to get it started and run for a bit.

The cost of electric blankets is quite affordable, and if wrapped around the carburetors and engine of your motorcycle correctly, it can help you get it started when you need. If any of you have tried starting a carbureted motorcycle when it’s below freezing outside you know that it’s nearly impossible unless you heat up the engine block somehow.

If you’re going to try this method, get the largest and heaviest blanket you can so that the blanket stores more heat and transfers as much of that heat as possible to the metal of the engine, which is what is going to get it to start.

Just as a disclaimer, don’t use your spouse’s electric blanket and promise them you’ll wash it off.  It’s going to get really dirty, so if you’re going to use this method then get your own electric blanket!

Heated Motorcycle Cover

Until recently, there weren’t any motorcycle covers that were heated. There’s only one company in the UK that manufactures heated motorcycle covers so this is a spot in the market that could potentially make a lot of money for someone.

The cozybike heated motorcycle cover is approximately $150 USD plus shipping. The cover can be set to keep the motorcycle’s temperature at or near the ambient air temperature. This would prevent condensation and moisture from building up inside.

It’s a great idea but I have not been able to use one for myself yet.  The company says they are currently out of stock, I’ll keep checking back occasionally.

This is an excellent idea for those who don’t need to heat their whole garage in winter.

Motorcycle Cover Airflow Heater

A motorcycle cover airflow heater, also from Bike Barn, is another cool gadget I’d like to test in the near future.  It’s a 60W heater that sits on the ground below your motorcycle and blows warm up up inside the motorcycle cover, keeping it warm in the winter.

Through my research I couldn’t find any other companies that were selling these small disc-looking heaters.  Bike Barn sells them at $50 USD plus $15 shipping.

If you have a motorcycle cover that covers your motorcycle completely, this would be a great way to heat the motorcycle. If it is not, the warm air will escape and go around the sides of your cover.

Small Electric Heater to Blow on Engine

The most budget-friendly approach to warming up your motorcycle in the winter is not one that should be used every day, but can work if you’re in a bind.  I have done it many times myself when I’m in a pinch and need to get the motorcycle started on a really cold day.

You can place a small electric heater near your motorcycle engine. The heater will blow hot air onto the engine for at most 20 minutes. This will increase the metal temperature sufficiently to allow a carbureted bike to start.

This is not a long-term method to keep your motorcycle warm all winter, just a trick that I’ve learned along the way.

Please note that you should never use open flame heaters to blow hot exhaust on your motorcycle.  It is full of combustible fluids so it is best to avoid using an open flame. Only use small electric resistance heaters if you’re going to use this method.

Similar Questions

Can motorcycle engine block heaters be used on aluminum engines? The majority of motorcycle engine block heaters will only work with engine blocks that contain iron. However, there are ways to circumvent this problem.  This could be the oil pan, cylinder heads, or exhaust header. This will help to keep the engine warm.

Is it too cold to ride a motorbike? It is not recommended to ride a motorcycle when the temperature is below freezing (32°F or 0°C). At these temperatures, ice will form and motorcycles are more vulnerable to it because they are smaller. Click here to find out more.

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