The groundhog may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but it feels like spring is finally right around the corner. For motorcyclists, that means it is time to dust off the bikes and hit the road. As you anticipate a new season of riding, you should also take the time to ensure that every aspect of your bike is functioning the way it should.
Drivers who fail to give their bike the once-over may run into serious problems while on the road. An unmaintained bike can make you more at risk for accidents and breakdowns, none of which will increase your motorcycle experience this spring.
If you don't inspect your bike, you may face the following safety problems:
- Flat tires
- Dead battery
- Malfunctioning brakes
- Fuel glitches
- Poor visibility due to burned out bulbs
Getting Your Motorcycle Ready for Spring
It's always a good idea to read through your bike's service manual, especially if you haven't ridden for several months. The manual might include a maintenance checklist and can give you a better idea of what to look out for as your tune-up your bike.
To start with, check your fuel system. Most bikes that have been in storage during the winter have old fuel and this should be replaced before you do anything else. Next, check your battery. There's nothing like a dead battery to kill the first ride of the season, so consider replacing it altogether or simply recharging it before you take it out.
What about your tires? Tires can make or break a motorcycle and while it can be expensive to replace them, it is well worth it in the long run. Check flat-spotting on your tires and adjust the pressure if your bike has been sitting in storage.
You should also assess the brake fluid. Most riders forget about this until there is a problem and by that time, it's too late. At the very minimum, top of your bike's fluid levels. Most bike shops recommend that riders completely flush the brake system and add new fluid entirely.
Finally, you can never be too confident in your safety gear. You may not need to replace everything, but you can't go wrong checking what you do have to ensure the proper fit and upgrading if necessary.
All motorcyclists should have adequate safety gear, including:
- Motorcycle boots
- Quality gloves
- Body armor
- Visor insert to prevent fogging
Make this motorcycle season your safest one yet by tuning up your bike and riding with quality gear. Unfortunately, many accidents are unavoidable, despite a properly maintained bike. The Law Firm of Ted Bills is prepared to represent you if an accident does happen. Call our Colorado Springs motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation today!