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Eventually, even in southern Ontario, I accept the inevitable and put away the bike. One last wipe down and waxing of the paint in the freezing garage, and then I park it on my motorcycle stand and raise both wheels off the floor. People say I don’t have to do this, because the concrete doesn’t really suck the moisture from the rubber and create flat spots on the tires, but I do it anyway because it kind of makes it all official. Then I throw a breathable cover over the bike and that’s that for another three or four months. Actually, even then, I’m not quite done. The cover will come off a few times whenever the winter all gets too much and I need to make sure the bike is okay. Which it always is, of course. [...]

The Canadian Motorcycle Guide