Now that it is officially Spring and the warm weather is here to stay, it is the perfect time to take out your motorcycle and get it ready for the road. Even if you followed our tips for winterizing your bike for the off-season, you should still follow these tips for getting it safely ready for riding.
Tires– give each tire a full check for any cracking. You’ll also want to check the wear- over-worn tires don’t always maintain proper traction and are more easily punctured. Be sure to check the tire pressure as well.
Controls– be sure to check all hoses and cables for cracks, bulges, leaks, kinks, or fraying. Also be sure they’re properly connected and working correctly. Check the throttle to make sure it moves freely and lubricate all levers and pedals after making sure they’re not bent or broken.
Lights– check your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals to make sure all light up properly- replace any that are out. You’ll also want to inspect the lenses on the lights to be sure they are secure and there are no cracks.
Oils and fluids– if you didn’t winterize your bike, be sure to change the oil and filter now. You’ll also want to check the fuel tank for rust and if all is well, fill it up. Once those are taken care of, check all of the remaining fluid levels- brake, clutch, coolant, gear oil, hydraulic fluid, shaft drive oil, and battery fluid. Change any that have gone bad over the winter and top off the rest.
Chassis and battery– inspect the frame of your bike for cracking or denting. Make sure the forks and shocks are correctly adjusted and the belt and chain have the proper amount of tension. Add lubrication if it is needed You’ll also want to make sure that the teeth are mounted the right way and the fasteners are tight. Charge your battery and make sure it is still in good condition. Check that the terminals are free of debris, corrosion, and dust, and make sure the cables on the terminals are tightly connected.
Stand– make sure your bike’s stand is not bent or cracked, and that it has enough tension to keep the bike stable, you don’t want it to get loose and fall off or break.
Now that you’ve completely checked your bike, made all of the necessary adjustments and it is safe to ride, before you put it back on the road, make sure you are completely covered with a T3 Tracker. The T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone. It immediately alerts you if your car or bike has an emergency or an unauthorized movement is made. You can then connect yourself and the T3 to the 911-operator closest to your vehicle- no call center is used. You can also move the T3 tracker between your motorcycle and car for the ultimate protection and convenience. T3 provides complete privacy – Location text goes directly to your phone and is never stored or sent using the Internet
For more information on the T3 and to see our Spring specials!