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I have a garage at the apartment I rent that my bikes stay in year round, however, it's a real crummy garage.

It has a concrete floor, but when it rains, a lot amounts of water leaks in thru the walls and puddles up in about 50% of the floor space. That just so happens to be my half of the garage...

Anyways, it's not insulated, not heated, has no electricity and gets fairly wet. Do you think I should find somewhere better to store my old Sportster? Or does anyone have any suggestions to make the best of my situation? I was thinking I could cover the bike inside the garage, but I don't know if that would help or hinder. I want to avoid paying almost $400 (best deal near me) for storage space for the winter. Unfortunately, none of my friends have garages.

I'm not too worried about my new one, but I don't want the '71 to get crusty!

Edit: I live in Western MA where it can be 10F and sunny one day and 50F and rainy the next.
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I would stand it on some cut down plastic pallets (or anything that will not absorb water), use one of those metal/paint preserver aerosols (can't remember the trade names) on absolutely everything, from every angle. Don't think a full cover, as it may be better to breath. Maybe something to cover the bike from any falling dust/dirt.
I'd fill the fuel tank to the brim and add seafoam.
Sounds a horrible garage! Best of luck.
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Closed up that would be a nightmare.
but if it is open (good air circulation) it should be fine. No condensation.
Covering it will trap moisture.
Pledge spray wax is a good surface protector.
WD40 on porous surfaces.
Bring the seat inside
Drop an extension cord into the garage for a Battery Tender or a solar panel.
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... Drop an extension cord into the garage for a Battery Tender or a solar panel.
Or better yet bring the battery inside
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Repair the water leaks? Maybe the landlord will reimburse you. If not, it's still cheaper than renting a garage somewhere else.
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I have a similar garage. Cover the bike with a breathable cover (I used an old duvet cover) so that it's breathable and wont cause condensation but protect against dust.I used my bike throughout winter , it was rarely unused for more than 3 days
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Get you a bag of charcoal place in different places on bike and around it,charcoal absorbs moisture.
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Get you a bag of charcoal place in different places on bike and around it,charcoal absorbs moisture.
Oooh that's a good idea. I did actually get some mold on my gas tank which I thought was super strange.
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I have a similar garage. Cover the bike with a breathable cover (I used an old duvet cover) so that it's breathable and wont cause condensation but protect against dust.I used my bike throughout winter , it was rarely unused for more than 3 days
Another great idea. I can get one for cheap on FB marketplace.
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Repair the water leaks? Maybe the landlord will reimburse you. If not, it's still cheaper than renting a garage somewhere else.
The garage is really in a state of disrepair. It needs 3 new walls and a new roof haha
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