In light of the ensuing motorcycle season, I wanted to bring you some motorcycle spring tune up tips. Above all, before you hit the open road.
I know it is still early, But, As the weather begins to warm; ever so slightly, motorcyclists everywhere are itching to get out there and ride.
However, Before you begin riding your motorcycle anywhere, there are some motorcycle spring tune up tips. Consequently, I always recommend you refer to your owner’s manual for specifications; tips and regular maintenance schedules, but this should get you started.
If you do not test it before you leave the driveway, inevitably something fails, especially on the first ride.
Motorcycle Spring Tune Up Tips:
Tires and Wheels:
Check the air pressure of your tires. Inflate to the pressure specified in your owner’s manual. Look for wear and tear on the treads, cracks, bulges or embedded objects. Have a good look at your wheels (rims) for roundness, cracks and dents. Look for bent, broken or missing spokes.
Review the levers to make sure they are still lubricated, adjusted and fitted properly. Make sure that none of them are, broken, bent or cracked. Inspect cables to make sure they are not frayed, kinked, or folded into sharp angles. Also, test to make sure your motorcycles cables, at no time, interfere with your ability to steer.
Check hoses for cuts, cracks, leaks, bulges, chafing or deterioration. Like cables, hoses should not interfere with your steering or suspension, and should not be folded into sharp angles. Test that the throttle moves freely, does not stick and snaps closed when released.
If you removed your battery over the winter, install it. Your owner’s manual should tell you how. Check the battery to make sure the terminals are clean and tight. Charge and test it before installation. Look over the lenses on the motorcycle to make sure they are not cracked or broken and are mounted securely. Make sure they do not have excessive condensation trapped inside. Condensation is a sign of a broken seal which may need replacing.
Water and electricity just don’t mix and condensation makes for lousy reflections. Furthermore, check to ensure the reflectors are not cracked, broken and are securely mounted. Review the motorcycles headlamp for cracks. Also, confirm it points at the right height and direction.
Check the operation of the high beam and low beam options. Test the tail lamp and brake lights to make sure they work when they should. Test both of the turn signals – left and right!
Oil And Other Fluids:
Check the levels and quality of all fluids. As a result, replace or top-up fluids that need it. Also check for leaks of these same fluids.
Review the condition of the frame, looking for lifting paint, cracks, or dents. Check the tension of the belt or chain. Also, lubricate the chain if needed. Inspect the teeth of the sprockets. Finally, replace broken or missing fasteners and tighten if loosened.
For both centre stands and side stands. Check for any cracking or bending. And, that it springs into place. Also, it has the required tension to hold the motorcycle in position.
So, I really should not have to talk about riding gear; as safety is the key here, but I feel it necessary anyway.
In conclusion, Helmet, leather gloves, leather jacket, pants or jeans; riding boots and protective eyewear are things you should never ride without. Start safe…. ride safe….. stay safe….
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