Getting your motorcycle ready for summer
Ahhh summer. With longer days and warmer weather, it’s a great time to get out and ride your motorcycle. Do you know what else is a great time? Getting your trusty steed ready for the season - because the last thing any of us want is to find ourselves stranded on the side of the road due to preventable maintenance issues! As you prep for upcoming rides, check out this guide to help you cover all of the important steps to make sure your bike stays in tip-top condition while enjoying summer's adventure.
Pre-summer Motorcycle Checklist – What to Look
for Before You Ride
Before you start hitting the roads, make sure you go
through your pre-summer checklist - from making sure fluids are at the proper
levels to giving your tyres a good check. Replacing any worn out parts may take
some extra time, but that's nothing compared to spending hours on the side of
the road trying to fix an issue caused by neglecting basic maintenance. Revving
up your bike and getting ready to hit some of the best roads this season will
be so much sweeter when you know its wheels (and other important components)
are running at top notch performance.
Get Your Gear in Order - How to Choose the Best
As the temperatures start to rise and the good weather
hits, it's time to get your motorcycle ready for the summer. The best place to
start is by making sure you've got the right gear — having a few items of
protective equipment on hand can mean the difference between an unforgettable
ride and a potentially dangerous journey.
Make Sure Your Tyres are Ready for the Road –
Tips for Maintenance and Safety
Looking after the tires of your bike is one of the most
important aspects of keeping you safe and sound as you take to two wheels. To
begin, make sure to check both tire pressure and treads regularly throughout
your journey - low pressure can cause uneven wear and could be potentially
dangerous if left unnoticed. Additionally, when taking your bike out on long
distances ensure that these levels are taken care of before you set off, even if
they were fine before; a burst tyre at 80mph is not something you want to
experience first-hand! Finally, familiarise yourself with good practices such
as properly balancing your tires or switching them over every few thousand
miles - little changes like this will help keep your ride in top condition all
Give your Bike an Inspection - Making Sure
Everything is in Working Order
Before you hit the open road, it's important to make sure
your motorcycle is running in tip-top shape. Start by giving your bike a
thorough inspection, and make sure all parts are in correct working order.
Clean, oil and adjust the chain and sprockets while also checking the bike’s
suspension settings such as adjusting preload levels. Additionally, take some
time to examine other components such as brakes, lights, and tyres - doing so
ensures a smooth ride no matter where you end up. Taking the time for a proper inspection
now saves you money in the long run but more importantly will guarantee you are
ready for whatever adventures come your way this summer!
Stock Up on Accessories – Must-Have Additions
to Make Riding Easier
When thinking about what you'll need, a priority should be
safety equipment like an accessible first aid kit and a reliable helmet that
you feel comfortable in. Don't forget about items for convenience like a
saddlebag for carrying extra food, drink, clothes, and a tank bag to hold all
the tools of the road. Lastly, don't leave home without the necessities – spare
tires, a jump starter cable, fuses - so you're always prepared wherever your
journey may take you. Happy riding!
Have the right insurance coverage!
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With these tips in mind, you'll be all set to make the most of this summer—whether it's putting in miles on just another local ride or taking a big trip with friends. So kick up the kickstand and go find some fun!