9 Safety Tips for Your Motorcycle This Spring
March 16, 2018
Spring is right around the corner and you know what that means… riding season! But before you spring into spring with your bike, you need to inspect it first and ensure it is 100% road ready. Here are 9 safety tips for your motorcycle this spring:
No Tired Tires
Your tires’ condition can deplete even though you haven’t used your bike for a while. Bad tires can seriously affect the accuracy and safety of your bike. It is recommended to store the bike on a motorcycle stand during the winter months; this prevents the tires from developing flat spots. First you want to check the tire pressure and inflate them accordingly. You also want to check for any wear and tear. Specifically look for any balding or cracking of the rubber – If you see this, it is recommended that you replace the tire.
Don’t Brake My Heart or Wallet
Not changing the brake pads may result in more serious repairs later and compromises safety. The brakes need to be thoroughly inspected: roll the bike back and forth and test the brakes to ensure both the front and rear properly engage. Also, check your brake pads for any wear indicators and replace them now if needed so you don’t have to do it mid-season. Better safe than sorry!
Check the ground below where your motorcycle was stored. If you notice a leak, trace back and see where the leak is coming from. Some can be fixed on your own, but others may require the services of a mechanic.
You should change your oil prior storing it for the season. If you did not, now’s the best time to do it! Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the type of oil to be used and how to properly change the oil or oil filter. Or… Take your motorcycle to a mechanic so you can take a nap! Check the brake, clutch and coolant fluids to ensure it is at an appropriate level and top off if necessary.
Juice Your Battery
The motorcycle runs off its electrical system and the source of power comes from the vehicle’s battery. Ideally your motorcycle battery has been plugged into a smart charger over the last few months. If not, charge the battery and check the levels with a multi-meter. If the battery isn’t giving off a good voltage reading after a full charge, it may be time to purchase a new battery.
Check all levers and pedals to make sure they are not broken or bent. Lubricate them so they move freely. Take a look at the cables. Make sure they are not interfering with steering. Check if there are any folds, cuts, cracks or leaks on hoses and ensure they do not interfere with steering or suspension. Lastly, make sure the throttle moves freely.
Lights and Gauges
While the battery is plugged in, check your lights and gauges. Make sure your brake lights, signal indicators, headlights and all gauges light up. If not, replacing the bulbs is quite easy and can be done on your own.
Clean It Up
It’s now time to for a thorough cleaning to prepare it for the beautiful weather! Blow off the layer of dust and you can also apply a wax coat which will make a big difference to how the bike looks and how long the paint lasts.
You should always wear a helmet. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a new hair do, safety first! Investing in your riding gear is non-negotiable from a safety point of view.
Insurance is Important
Last and probably the most important thing is to check your motorcycle insurance. If you’re planning on feeling the wind in your hair on the open road, insurance is mandatory. If you took insurance off your bike for the winter, check with our team to make sure you have all of the mandatory and proper coverages. And don’t forget to ask about bundling your home, car and motorcycle coverage for some great discounts.
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