Step outside and you can feel it in the air. Spring is here! For motorcyclists, spring means the start of riding season! But before you hop on your hog, it is important to take the time to ensure your bike is in proper riding condition. This is especially true if you have not ridden your bike for several months. Riders sometimes forget that winter weather can wreak havoc on a bike. To make sure that your bike is ready to spring into action when you are, take the time to perform the following safety checks on your bike:
- Examine the tires: It goes without saying that tires on a bike are critically important. If your tires do not have the correct amount of pressure, your bike will be more difficult to handle. Low tire pressure can also cause tires to wear out prematurely. When examining your bike’s tires you want to be sure to look for any cracking or flat spots, which can happen after a bike has been sitting in the same spot for a while.
- Top off or change fluids: Check all fluid to make sure that each fluid is at its desired level. Fluids to check include shaft drive oil, hydraulic fluid, gear oil, brake fluid and coolant. If any of your fluids have discolored, it is often best to replace it completely, as the fluid may have degraded or become dirty.
- Check your battery: Depending on how long your bike has been sitting, the battery may require a charge. Look the battery over for signs of corrosion and clean any dust or debris off of the terminals. Keep in mind that the average life span of a battery is only 12 to 24 months.
- Clean your headlights: After a crash between a motorcycle and a car, the driver of the car often reports not having seen the motorcycle until after it was too late. Do not become a victim because drivers cannot see you. Makes sure that your headlights are clean. It also wise to check to make sure both your high and low beams work.
- Test your brakes: Another important area to check after a bike has been sitting for a while is the brakes. Test both the front and rear brakes separately. Take notice if you hear any noises. Scraping or squealing sounds are often indicative of brakes in need of repair. Also check brake pads for wear.
- Inspect controls: Cold weather can mean trouble for your bike. Be sure to thoroughly inspect your bike’s controls before going for a long spring ride. You want to be sure to look over your bike’s:
- Hoses: Look for cracks, bulges and leaks
- Pedals and levers: for bending or breaking
- Cables: for kinks, fraying or signs of corrosion
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