When the spring brings warmer weather, you can be ready to roll the motorcycle out of the garage for the first time in months. However, before hitting the road for the first time this season, it is important that you are ready to go. From giving your bike a good cleaning to get the engine running, consider these tips to make sure your first turn of ours is safe.
Ren i t Up
Even if you covered your bike and stored it inside the off season, a small spring cleaning is probably in order. You may be able to simply wipe down the bike with a soft cloth, or you may need to use some water and detergent to suit your bike's color, metal colors and seat material, says Motorbike Writer.
When clean, apply a soft wax to protect the paint from sun damage and minor scratches ̵
Make sure the gas is still good
When your bike has been stored for more than six weeks, it is important to check all the fuel that remained while it is being stored, says Motorcycle Cruiser. You will want to do it even if it had a full tank of gas (which is a good way to help prevent rust), as the fuel can evaporate and leave a lacquer-like substance.
After opening the bike's fuel cap, make sure the fuel is clean and its consistency has not changed. If there are any questions about the quality of the fuel, drain the fuel tank and the carburettor flow bowls before starting the engine to avoid costly repairs. Motorcycle Cruiser says you also want to check the jets for clogs and clean the fuel filter as well.
Inspect the tires
Check both tires for holes, cracks or other damage, Popular Mechanics says. You also want to check that there are still plenty of treads left on the tires and that the pressure is okay, says Woman Rider. If the tires lost air during storage, fill the tires to the recommended pressure.
If you notice any damage to the tires, repair them or replace them. Do not try to ride with dubious tires.
Check or replace oil
If you put the bike in place without first adding fresh oil, you should change both the oil and the filter, says Motorcycle Cruiser.
Even if you changed the bike's oil before putting it in stock, check its level and quality. If the oil has a milked appearance after the motorcycle has been running for a while, Motorcycle Cruiser says it is probably contaminated and needs to be changed.
If you are charging the battery or using a battery tender during storage, it should be ready to go, says Motorcycle Cruiser. However, it is a good idea to check the charge and the liquid. If you didn't have the battery connected to a charger during the winter, connect it to a bid to get it charged, says Woman Rider. Regardless of whether it is charged or not, check your battery for corrosion near the terminals and any leaks.
Get ready to go
Before you turn on the road, make sure all the lights still work and replace the bulbs if necessary, Woman Rider says. Pump the brake lever and pedal a few times to get air out of the lines and then use the brakes to be sure they work.
The motorcycle list says that this is also a good time to look over your gear and replace everything that is worn Check your visor for scratches and replace the helmet if it is five years old (or older).
When you are on your bike, a steady but short ride to circulate liquids and warn you of unaddressed problems, such as rough idle. Starting with a light ride also helps give your body a chance to get used to riding again after a few months, says Motorcyclist.
Now that you've got your bike and gear ready for the road, you can enjoy
Originally published May 1, 2013.