It’s been a long, cold winter, but the snow is finally melting and spring seems to be on its way. We may still get another storm, but you’ll soon be able to enjoy your bike on a regular basis.
If your bike has been put away all winter, it may need some maintenance before your first ride. Follow these tips to get your motorcycle ready for spring. Your owner’s manual will contain guidelines for your particular bike.
Spring Motorcycle Safety Checklist
- Visually inspect your tires. If you winterized your bike, your tires will probably be fine. But you should check the tires for flat spots, dry rot, and cracks. Check your tire pressure. Molecules move closer together as air cools, so cold weather can cause tires to lose pressure.
- Check for fluid leaks. Check all hoses and cables and refill fluids. Do another check after your first ride.
- Change your oil. Check the oil filter.
- Check your lights. Check your high beams, low beams, tail lights, and brake lights to make sure they are in good working order. Replace any dim bulbs.
- Check your battery. Make sure the battery is fully charged. If you have a wet cell battery, top it off with distilled water. Make sure all terminals and leads are secure, clean, and free from corrosion.
- If you plugged your air filter intake and exhaust to keep rodents out, unplug them.
- Check your bike’s tool kit. Make sure you have everything you need for a roadside emergency.
- Check your chain tension. Make sure that the chain is clean and well-lubricated.
- Check your brakes. Make sure that your brakes work and that your brake pads are in good condition.
- Check that the gas supply is turned on. Replace the gas in your bike as the quality may have deteriorated over the winter.
Once you’ve checked your bike, check your riding skills. It’s been a while, and even the most experienced riders may need to brush up before taking a long trip. Before getting on the road, practice braking and maneuvering in an empty parking lot.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham wish you a safe riding season. If you plan to do a lot of riding you may want a copy of our rider’s Rights card. Just fill out the contact form, and we’ll send you one at no charge.