Say “Ah” – Spring is on its way

Comments | Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Mar 5, 2018 10:59:13 AM

If you’re anything like me, you go in for a physical every year to find out what you did right, and mostly, what you need to improve on in regards to your health.

Just as we have a yearly check-up, our motorcycles also need a tune-up each season to increase the life of the bike, as well as to keep you safe on the road. It doesn’t matter if you ride long distances or simply use your bike for transportation.

Here’s a checklist of some of the things to examine on your motorcycle before giving it a clean bill of health:

✔ Wheels and tires: First, exam your tires for any cracks or other damages. Check the tread for depth. If your treads have worn down to the wear bars, it’s time to replace them. If the tread looks OK, check tire pressure and inflate tires according to your specifications. Also take a look at the valve stems to make sure they’re intact, and inspect your rims for dents or embedded items. Spin the wheels to make sure the bearings feel and sound good.

✔ Brakes: Check brake pads to make sure they are not too worn, or worn on one side. It’s best to replace them now. Make sure your rotors don’t have any signs of heavy grooving. They may also need to be replaced.

✔ Chain and sprockets: Check the tension of the chain. If it feels too loose, tighten it up. Keep the chain lubed up for a smooth ride.

✔ Fluid levels: Check the levels and quality of the engine oil, gear oil, shaft drive, hydraulic fluid, coolant and fuel. Replace or top-up fluids that need it. Likewise, check for leaks of these same fluids.

✔ Battery: Check the battery for corrosion. If you have any, it may be a good idea to get a new battery. If the old one looks fine, charge it up.

✔ Air filter: A clean air filter is a happy one. If it’s a stinky mess, replace it.

✔ Lights / signals: Try out the headlight, brake and turn signal lights to make sure they’re good to go. These precautions could save your life.

Finally, make sure your riding gear is up to par, with your helmet being most important. If you’re looking to replace or improve on your helmet, need gloves or a new jacket, give us a call and we’ll hook you up with a dealer.

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