If your motorcycle has been on recess for the pass three to four months due to the unfavorable winter conditions to motorbikes, then you’ll need to carry out a few essential preparatory activities before the riding season begins. Putting your motorbike on the road without adequate preparation is an invitation for calamity. Of course, you wouldn’t attempt a 100m race without a prior training and warming up. If you make such an attempt, you’re not far away from sustaining an injury. In similar manner, you need to “warm up” your motorcycle after a prolong storage to bring it to a “ready mode” for spring. Here are a few simple but essential things you must do to get your motorbike ready for the riding season.
1. Check the Tires
The cold temperatures in winter are not friendly to tires given their elastic nature. So it’s important that you inspect the tires on both wheels for any wear, damage, or cracking. Check the tire pressure as well with a pressure gauge to ascertain its road worthiness. Another important thing to check on your tires is the tread depth. The legal limit for tread depth is 1mm but we recommend that you maintain a tread depth of about 2.5mm or more.
2. Roll the Motorcycle
When you role your motorbike a few meters away from your home, you should be able to notice if there is any problem like stiffness of the drive chain or the steering. You can then lubricate the stiffed areas. While rolling your motorbike, you should also look out for leaks. Any leakage will be noticed since the fuel and other liquids will be moving about as you roll the bike.
3. Conduct a Liberal Lubrication
Since your Motorbike has been sitting idle for about four months, it’s imperative that you lubricate the chain, levers, stand, grips, and any other areas that may stick.
4. Check Your Battery
One way to preserve you battery during the winter is to use a trickle charger. However, if you didn’t use the trickle charge throughout the idle period, there is a higher probability that the battery has gone flat. You need to test it by starting the engine. But, it’s important that you check the terminals for dust, dirt or any rusting and ensure you wipe it clean before starting the engine.
5. Check Your Brakes Thoroughly
Obviously, checking your brakes is an important action you must perform without any compromise before the riding season commence. As you roll the bike, try testing the brakes to check for unusual sound or feels. You should go on your hands and knees to check the brake pads. The legal limit for brake pads is at least 1mm. You should as well check the brake lines for cracks or leaks while you fill the brake-fluid to the normal level.
6. Check the Levels of the Fluids
You should check the levels of fluids in the coolant and brakes, and top them up accordingly. You should look out for a change in color as well. Some of the fluids and oils may require total replacement.
7. Start Your Engine Up and Rev It
Start your engine up and listen to the sound for a couple of minutes before revving it. While the motorcycle is warming, take your time to check if the controls and lights are working properly. Inspect the headlight, brake lights, and horn, as well as any cables or fluid lines for cracks. Now you can rev it but don’t ride it yet.
Although the above-listed tips can help get your bike ready for beginning of the riding season if done thoroughly, it is imperative that you contact your local motorcycle mechanic to help you do it professionally. Hence, if you live in Oakville, Ontario, and environ, you can have your bike inspected at Motorcycle Enhancements. We guaranteed you an expertly conducted motorcycle inspection, repairs, maintenance, service, and custom works at affordable prices.