If you live in an area of the country with cold winters, your motorcycle likely goes into storage for a portion of the year. Depending on where you live, spring will be arriving soon and the days may occasionally warm up enough to ride. Before you hit the road, though, it is important to perform a maintenance check.
- Tires – Check the tread on your tires and the tire pressure.
- Fluids – Check all fluids and oil levels.
- Lights – Verify your lights work, including the headlights, brake lights, turn signals and four way flashers. Check your dash indicators as well.
- Controls – Try out all your bike’s controls and verify that there are no leaks along the lines or any rust.
- Throttle – The clutch should feel smooth going up and down, and the throttle should snap back as soon as you release it.
- Brakes – Both the front and rear brakes should be tested independently. Each should stop the bike when fully depressed.
- Horn – Your horn needs to sound so you can alert other drivers to your presence.
- Mirrors – Verify that you can see correctly using each of your mirrors.
Properly maintained equipment helps to prevent unnecessary motorcycle accidents, so check your bike before you hit the road. Doing so will help ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
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