Though before you start making plans for the latest motorcycle adventure, take some time to prepare your bike for the spring season ahead with these ride guide tips.
Before jumping on your bike, inspect the state the tires and wheels are in case you need to buy new tires. Look for any cracks or dents. Be sure to check the air pressure on the tires as well. Even if you have stored your bike away, air will have certainly slipped out.
Fuel and fluids
When storing your motorcycle for winter, gas can become stale. Check the state of fuel in your motorcycle as well as the hydraulic fluid and coolant. If any fluids have changed in colour or smell extra pungent, you should consider replacing them with fresh fuel and fluids. Check to see if there have been any leaks.
Some riders choose to remove the battery from their bikes for winter, others will leave it in. Either way your battery will most likely need a long charge. If you notice the battery isn’t charging, consider replacing it. It’s better to get a new battery now rather than when you are on away on a motorcycle trip. Be sure to check the connections on the terminals to ensure the cables are connected properly and securely. Look closely at the terminals for any signs of dust and corrosion.
Examine the break pad wear on your bike. If they look worn out, consider them getting replaced. Check the brake lines for any cracks or leaks. Be sure to test the front and rear brakes to make sure they work properly. Listen for any unusual and unpleasant sounds.
Check the lenses on your bike to see if they are still securely attached and there’s no cracks in them. Test the high and low headlights, turn signals and brake lights on your bike to ensure they work properly. If you notice any lights don’t work, you can replace the light bulbs.
Celebrate the start of riding season with a good clean wash and scrub. Remove any dirt or dust your bike may have accumulated while being stored away for a long winter. Let your bike shine proudly and get ready to ride!
Spring is also a good time to review your insurance policy. If you have replaced your bike or made some safety modifications to it, let your insurance provider know as it could potentially change your premium. Desjardins offers motorcycle insurance coverage adapted to your needs, covered under your auto insurance policy.
Now that your motorcycle is ready to go, be sure to ride carefully and be aware of your surroundings. It’s been a while since your last ride and car drivers have had a winter break from motorcycles and will be learning to adjust again to sharing the road with them.