Here in New England we store our bikes for 6 months out of the year. If you store it in a moist atmosphere it will pit the chrome and rust the painted parts. Thats why some dealers offer winter storage in a climate controlled space.I'm not sure the water vapor would effect much. I mean I know guys that ride their bikes every day rain or sun and the rain does not effect it. Water or coldness has never effected my car tires either.
So I live in So Cali....this basically means GREAT weather all year round with a few crappy rainy days sprinkled here and there.....no need for a lift then huh guys???
Condensation occurs because the ambient air falls below the dewpoint. Dewpoint is the temperature at which the moisture in the air condenses on surfaces that are at or below the dewpoint. This dewpoint temperature is determined by the amount of water vapor or vapor pressure contained in 1 pound of air. The closer you are to a colder surface (the concrete floor) moisture tends to condense there. The floor in my garage gets literally wet in the early spring because it remains cold (below the dewpoint) and condenses moisture. This is what I do for a living. I create these types of conditions artificially inside environmental chambers to age products before they are released to the market. Do what you want but I have a lift and I will continue to use it to keep my bike out of the vapor zone. It works great for doing winter maintenance too. Good luckAll that moisture stuff sounds like an old wive's tale. The worst thing on chrome and stuff is condensation and it is around the entire garage at all elevations due to temperature changes causing it. Warm air holds more moisture, temperature drops and the extra moisture will condense on most any surface from floor to rafters per my own experience. A garage with a relatively constant temperature around 50-60 degrees will cut down on condensation and corrosion.
The more likely reason is that if you have a lift it takes up room, if you have a bike it takes up room, if you have a bike and a lift separate on the floor it takes up about twice as much room as a lift with a bike on it. In other words. for efficient use of space they put the bike on the lift. Plus they can raise it up at any time to goof around cleaning or working on it - or just plain look at it - during the winter. For me that seems much more likely.
Yeah but the water and cold would not effect the rubber tires.Here in New England we store our bikes for 6 months out of the year. If you store it in a moist atmosphere it will pit the chrome and rust the painted parts. Thats why some dealers offer winter storage in a climate controlled space.
The moisture is not from sitting on the ground. It's caused when the warmer temps touch the cold steel. Only thing you could do is keep it in a climate controlled area.I was always told to store your bike over the winder on a lift to keep the chrome away from the moisture on the ground/ concrete to keep the chrome from rusting or pitting while it sits all winter. I didn't lift mine this year and when I went to get out of storage there was a thin mist of moisture on it..wont ever do it again. I even put carpeting down to park the bike on and it still got moisture on it.
Well I am just speaking from experience. I have a buddy that has 2 HD. 1 is a Deuce that he has decked out in chrome so much there is nothing else he can to to it in chrome. He has about 60G wrapped up in this thing. He keeps them in his garage up on lift platforms with just sheets thrown over them and its NOT a climate controlled garage and he has no problems ever with it. Trust me if there was even a speck of moisture on it he WOULD NOT do it that way. So all you experts that are entitled to ur opinions show me that this is not true...till then I will not believe you..sorry..MY opinion.The moisture is not from sitting on the ground. It's caused when the warmer temps touch the cold steel. Only thing you could do is keep it in a climate controlled area.