If you’re a biker, you’re likely jumping at the bit to take your bike back out on the road. As the ice thaws, the days get longer, and the sunshine gets brighter, prep your motorcycle for the beautiful weather to come. Here are a few maintenance reminders to get you started.
Triple check those tires
Run your hand over your wheels to make sure they’re free from cracks and dents. The tread should feel uniform. Don’t forget to inspect your spokes too!
Was your bike stored in a temperature controlled garage or storage unit? If so, lucky you! Rubber and metal expand at different rates, so your tires could have lost air if your bike was exposed to the elements. Review your owner’s manual to make sure they’re at the optimal air pressure. Your tires might need to be topped off!
Top off oil and fluids
Check the level and consistency of your engine oil, gear oil, shaft drive, hydraulic fluid, coolant, and fuel. If the color, consistency, and smells of these fluids aren’t what they used to be, they could have degraded over the winter and should be replaced. Also, visually check that there are no leaks. If your fluids are low, they had to go somewhere! If your bike was stored in the same place for the majority of the off-season, check the surrounding ground for dried pools or stains. They could be indicators of fluid leaks.
Let those lights shine
Look over your lenses for cracks and test all of your lights – your high beams, turn signals, and your brake lights. Check that the headlight is aimed correctly too. You don’t want to miss out on the beautiful evenings to come!
Review your insurance coverage
Is it up to date? Have you added any custom parts, equipment, or accessories to your bike that you’d like to have covered? Accessories might include saddlebags, backrests, seats, levers, chrome pieces, and CB radios. To make sure you’re getting the best rate possible, compare motorcycle insurance online. If your driving record has changed, you’ve had some additional training, or you've modified the safety equipment on your bike, you could be eligible for a lower insurance rate. You might also be able to take advantage of insurance discounts.
Take your time
Before you ride full throttle into the sunset, give yourself a little time to warm up. Cruise around in an open, quiet area before you head out onto the highway. If you haven’t ridden since last spring, give yourself a little time to get back in the swing of things!
Every motorcycle is unique, just like every rider. What tips and tricks keep your bike in running order? Head over to our Facebook or Twitter page @DirectAutoIns to share your knowledge. See you on the road!