Getting your motorcycle ready for summer

March, 22 2023
MCE Insurance

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 Protective Equipment

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 summer long.

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!

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