After a long, cold winter, it’s finally time to break out your motorcycle and take it for a spin. However, before you get too excited about hitting the open road, you first need to give your bike a proper tune-up to ensure that it is in working order.
As you get your motorcycle ready to ride, it’s also important to ensure that you have the proper gear. While the weather may seem warm as you stand in your front yard, it could be a different story as your traveling down the road with the wind in your face. If you’re worried about feeling cold on your first ride of the season, RideWarm can help! Our heated riding accessories will keep you warm throughout your entire ride. From our grip warmers to our heated leg warmers, you won’t have to worry about cutting your ride short because of the cold. Check out our riding accessories and be sure to stock up before your first big ride!
Tuning Your MotorcycleIt’s important to make sure your motorcycle is tuned up and ready to ride before you hit the open road, otherwise, you run the risk of something going wrong and
TiresThe tires are one of the main areas that you need to check before you take your bike on the road. Any cracks or flat spots in your tires could put your safety at risk. Give your tires a thorough check, and look for any areas that may be cause for concern. At this time, you may also want to check the tire pressure, and be sure to add air to any tires that need it.
Belt or ChainAs you are doing your check, don’t forget to take a look at the belt or chain of your motorcycle. If your belt or chain is broken, it could leave you stranded. When you inspect the belt or chain, take notice of any wear or weak spots that could result in the chain or belt breaking over time. If you see any concerning areas, you may consider buying a new part. You will also want to check the tension of the belt or chain to see if it is up to the manufacturer’s standards.
Fluid LevelsWhen you check the fluid levels, you will want to stand up the bike so that it is completely level. If you leave your motorcycle leaning to one side, you’re sure to get inaccurate levels. You will want to check the brake and the oil fluids. When you check the brake fluids, it’s important to keep in mind that brake fluids can damage the paint on your motorcycle. All you have to do is cover the gas tank with a cloth or towel. When it comes to checking the fluids, most motorcycles have a little window on the reservoir that will indicate the fluid level. If your motorcycle seems to be low on brake fluid, go ahead and top it off.
The other fluid you need to check is your engine oil. If your bike has been sitting with the same oil all winter, it’s probably best to replace it with fresh oil. The same rule applies to any other fluids in your bike. After sitting for a long time without use, fluids can change in color and consistency, therefore it’s a good idea to change them instead of just topping it off.
These are just a few ways in which you should tun up your motorcycle for spring. Keep an eye out for part two of our multi-part series to learn more! In the meantime, if you’re worried about getting cold on your rides, RideWarm can help! Shop our heated riding accessories to ensure that you stay warm throughout your entire ride.