Winter is coming. Is your bike ready?

With temperatures—and snow—falling, the dreaded Garage Season has finally arrived for much of the U.S. To ensure that your bike starts up when the snow melts this coming spring, we've put together a condensed version of the ubiquitous How To Winterize Your Bike list that pops up on just about every motorcycle website this time of year.

Of course, there are those who tell you that a How To Winterize Your Bike list really only needs one step: pour a little Sta-Bil into your gas tank, start your bike's engine once a week and let it run for a bit, and take it for a ride around the block once a month, weather be damned. And yes, there is probably some truth there, but the fact is that most of us would just as soon let our bikes hibernate until March then take them out for a spin during a Nor'Easter.