The sun is shining and spring is most definitely in the air – this is an exciting time for the motorcycle enthusiast because you finally get to take your bike out of storage. Before heading out on the open road, though, you will need to take the time to make sure your bike is ready for the new season. The following tips can help.
Tip #1: Inflate the tires
It's generally recommended that bikes are stored so that there is no weight on the tires so that flat spots don't develop. Even if you did this, though, you will still likely need to check the tire pressure and air them up. If you didn't store the bike off the tires, then air them to the appropriate pressure then verify visually that the tires regained their proper shape. Otherwise, you may need to invest in new tires.
Tip #2: Check the electrical system
The next spot that sometimes suffers damage during storage is the electrical system. Fortunately, this is generally easy to repair. Start at the battery – does it still hold a charge? If not, try jumping it or recharging it on a battery charger. Otherwise, replace it. Then, check for signs of corrosion on the battery itself as well as on the wiring that runs to the battery. This can usually be removed with a wire brush and a bit of water.
Tip #3: Inspect all cables and belts
Dry rot can sometimes occur, although it's generally not an issue if the bike was only stored for a couple of months. Check for rot by inspecting all visible belts, hoses, and cables. Brake cables, in particular, should be inspected closely. If you notice any cracking or weakness, have the problem part replaced before taking the bike back onto the road.
Tip #4: Top off the fluids
Spring is the time for an oil and filter change if you didn't perform one before storing in the fall. It's also a good time to verify that all other fluids, such as brake and transmission fluid, are properly topped off. After changing the oil and topping off the fluids, lubricate your spark plugs as well. To do this, you simply remove each plug and pour in a spoonful or two of your engine oil before replacing the plug.
If you need more help with taking your bike out of storage, take it to a motorcycle service near you.
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