5 Things to Checks Before Motorcycling This Spring
Posted on: April 29, 2015 by Aegis Security Insurance
It was a harsh winter for millions of Americans, but now that the warm weather is returning, many motorcyclists are ready to head back out on the open road. Before hopping onto a motorcycle and riding off into the sunset, it is important to note that there are a number of things that likely need to be done to get a stored motorcycle back in peak performance condition, especially if it is the first ride of the year. Whether or not the proper steps were taken to prep the bike for winter storage, it is vital that motorcyclists preform a thorough check of their motorcycle before ever taking it out of the garage if they hope to avoid costly malfunctions, breakdowns or accidents.
Here are the top five things to checks before motorcycling this spring:
- The fuel system. Stale gasoline can be incredibly problematic with stored vehicles, as many bike owners forget to completely drain the engine before long term garaging. Gasoline actually deteriorates very quickly and after only a few months, the more combustible elements in gasoline will have already begun to evaporate, which can cause your bike to run rough if at all. As such, always starting with a fresh tank of gasoline is the safest bet.
- The Battery Life: According to experts, the most common issue among stored motorcycles tends to be the wear on batteries. If the battery was not charging throughout the winter, there is a strong chance that it will need to be replaced.
- Oil and Filter: Oil is the lifeblood of any motor vehicle because it keeps the many components of the engine working efficiently and smoothly. As part of routine motorcycle maintenance, it is always a good idea to start the new riding season off with a clean filter and all new oil.
- Tire Health: Most experts will say that tires should be inspected before every ride, because keeping tires in good condition is essential. After long term storage, there are more likely to be signs of wear and tear that have have gone unnoticed before storing the bike. Before riding owner should examine the tires for potential flat-spots from months of sitting, low air pressure, cracking in the rubber, as well as the overall condition of the tires, including the tread.
- The Fluids: Fluids for breaks, cooling systems, and other components can be greatly affected by temperature changes and long periods of inactivity, and it is important that both the fluid levels and lines are in good working condition for the motorcycle to properly function.
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