Time To Get Ready For Riding Season!

Getting ready to hit the roads again after an agonizingly long period without your beloved motorcycle?

Make sure your ride is in proper condition before doing so!

  1. Batteries
  2. Fluids
  3. Tires
  4. Brakes
  5. Controls
  6. Electronics
  7. Riding Gear

Batteries

It is good practice to disconnect the batteries, or hook them up to a battery tender when your motorcycle is stored for extended periods. In the scenario where your batteries were left connected to the motorcycle throughout the winter season, ensure that they are fully charge before connecting it back to the motorcycle. In most cases, a battery that has been disconnected should have sufficient charge to start up the motorcycle and will continue to charge during your ride.

Fluids

Fluids that have been left sitting in the motorcycle may have degraded over the past few months. The usual signs of degradation are change in color or consistency. If any of the fluids seem different than when they went in, it is probably time to do a proper flushing of the systems.
Next, ensure that there is sufficient brake fluid and coolant in their respective reservoirs. If there is any reduction of these fluids, ensure that a thorough inspection is done along the lines. Replacing any damaged lines before topping up the fluids to required levels.

Tires

A visual inspection should be sufficient to tell if your tires require replacement. Any signs of cracks, flat spots, or insufficient thread depth would mean that it is time to get a new set.
Once you are certain that the tires are of a satisfactory condition, inflate the tires to the required pressures. Most motorcycles should have these values on the swingarm, if not, refer to your motorcycle manual.

Brakes

Depending on how hard the motorcycle was ridden previously, there may not be sufficient braking material on your brake pads. Replace the brake pads if the brake material is less than the minimum required thickness, to avoid damage to your brake rotors or cause an unfortunate incident.

Controls

Before moving off for your ride, test your steering, clutch, throttle and brakes. Make sure that there is no resistance due to kinked or snagged lines. The clutch should be able to be smoothly operated, if not lubricating of your clutch cables may help.

Electronics

The basic electronics that should be inspected before every ride are your lights and horn. Be sure to test both your high and low beams, check your front and rear turn indicators and brakes. Without being able to inform others of your intention will surely put you in a disadvantage while riding!

Riding Gear

To enjoy the new riding season, try on your gear and make sure they still fit comfortably. Do a visual inspection of your helmet and make sure there are no cracks or dents. Do not forget to check any additional gear that is stored on your motorcycle as well! (Emergency kits, tire plug kits, pumps, etc.)

Once all your checks are done, you will finally be ready to enjoy your long awaited ride!

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