As the weather warms up, many motorcyclists want to take their rides out on the road. After a long winter sitting in the garage, your bike needs some tune-ups before you can safely take it out for a drive.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, there were 257 motorcycle fatalities between 2014 and 2018. While proper preparation may not prevent all accidents, it may help riders avoid potential injury. This spring, make sure that your bike is ready for safe driving by completing the following preparations.
1. Top off your fuels
When your motorcycle has been sitting unridden for a while, you need to make sure to top off all fluids. Spring is the ideal time for an oil change, and you can do it yourself if you are mechanically inclined.
2. Check tire pressure
Low tire pressure can be extremely dangerous on a motorcycle and may even lead to a crash and injury. Use a pressure gauge to make sure both tires have enough air to keep you secure on your bike.
3. Charge the battery (or get a new one)
If you left your ride’s battery unplugged throughout the winter, you may be able to repower it with a trickle charger, but it may be easier to purchase a new one for peace of mind.
4. Inspect brakes and lights
Check your bike’s brake pads for any wear, and make sure the brake lights are working to ensure that other drivers on the road can see you.
Proper preparation can keep you safe on your spring motorcycle rides, so be sure to complete a thorough inspection before you head out.