The calendar keeps telling us what the weather hasn’t yet – spring is upon us. That means it’s time to get your motorcycle ready for the season. It is important to spend the time, effort, and energy in getting your bike ready to ride as it can keep you safe, and help prevent a major accident.
Starting with your base, check the tires. Depending on how new your bike is, or how many miles you put on it last season, it may be time to get some new tires. You don’t want to see any cracks, holes, or flat spots. Nails and screws in your tires can really put a damper on any ride, as can exposed wire or metal meshing coming through the tread. Also, check the tire pressure before heading out. With temperature changes where you’ve stored the motorcycle all winter the tires may need some more air.
Checking the battery before you jump on your bike for an afternoon ride is advisable. If you haven’t started the engine all winter it may or may not start right up for you on the first try. Take out the battery and charge it overnight. While you’re doing that, it’s a good time to check your fluid levels in each cell. Fill the ones that are below the recommended level with distilled water or specific manufacturer recommended product.