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Spring Motorcycle Checks and Tech Tips

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When it comes to spring motorcycle maintenance, there are many things you can do to ensure your ride is ready for the road and the spring and summer riding season ahead. From checking the oil filter and brake fluid to changing brake pads and testing brake lights, we’ve compiled a maintenance checklist to ensure your spring riding experience is safe and enjoyable.

Walk Around and Turn the Engine Over

If your motorcycle has been sitting doing nothing during the winter months, the first thing you’ll want to do is a walk around. Look for oil spots under your bike, and check for brake fluid and water leaks. Turn the key and check that the lights, turn signals and horn work as they should. The battery will likely be weak or dead if you haven’t had it plugged into a trickle charger. If it needs some juice, plug it in now.

Top Up the Gas and Oil

If your tank has old gas in the tank, it’s time to drain the fuel from the carburetor and replace it. Old gas that’s left to sit in the tank can evaporate or become thick over time. This could lead to blocked carburetor jets. You should also carry out a full oil change at least once a year, and more often if you put in a lot of miles on your bike.

Brake Check

Before setting out on your first ride of the season, you must check your brake lines, brake pads, and brake lights before setting off. You may also need to top up brake fluid if it hasn’t been done in a while. Replace cracked lines or worn pads and test your front and rear brakes separately to ensure they are working properly.

Check the Air Filter

Many people overlook the air filter when carrying out motorcycle maintenance. However, a dirty filter can cause big problems for your engine, making it work harder and putting strain on other components. You can clean an air filter using compressed air, or replace it if it is beyond cleaning. Air filters should be replaced every 10 to 15 thousand miles.

Inspect the Tires

Don’t risk getting a flat on your first ride. Check the air pressure on both tires and top up where necessary. Low pressure can cause problems with handling and can also cause tires to wear prematurely. Also, look for cracks, splits and any dry rot that may have set in over the winter months. Arrange tire replacement if required.

Take Things Slow and Steady

If it’s been some months since you got on your ride, taking it slow and steady around your local neighborhood will allow you to brush up on your skills and make sure everything is working as it should. Don’t forget the admin, such as checking your insurance and license details are all in check.

Most importantly, get out there and enjoy yourself and look forward to a long spring and summer of being on the open road.

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