The spring season is finally here, even if it doesn't seem like the weather is cooperating. Despite the chilly temperatures, you still need to prepare your motorcycle for the first ride of the spring. If your bike sat locked in a garage for the entire winter, you will need to perform some maintenance to make sure it is ready for the first ride. Follow the tips outlined here and your first ride should be a safe, fun one in Dayton.
Before you even begin inspecting your bike, you need to review the insurance for it. Make sure it is active and has not lapsed. If the insurance lapsed, you must get new insurance before hitting the road this spring for the first time.
Now you can inspect your bike. Check the battery, the fluid levels and the tire pressure. Be sure that everything is in good condition. If something is not working, you either need to fix it or replace it. This could include the battery if the bike has been sitting idle for a long time.
Make sure that all of the lights on the motorcycle work properly. This includes the headlight, taillight, turn signals and any other warning lights on the bike. Replace burnt bulbs before going on your first ride of the spring.
Be sure to check your safety equipment, such as your helmet and reflective apparel. You will want to ensure that the helmet doesn't have any cracks and that the reflective gear did not lose any of its stripes.
If you follow the tips presented today, your first ride in Dayton this spring on your motorcycle should be a safe one. If you have any doubts about the safety of your bike, be sure to take it to a reputable mechanic for repairs.
Source: Ahrens Insurance, "Getting Your Motorcycle Ready For Spring Riding In Ocala," accessed April 20, 2018