Spring is here, bringing warmer temperatures and longer, sun-filled days. For motorcyclists, spring weather means it’s time to break out their bike and hit the road. But before you take off, make time to prepare your motorcycle for the season. Keeping your bike in good condition also helps keep you safe, but you still have to deal with other motorists on the road.
If you were in an accident caused by a negligent motorcyclist or another driver, call the motorcycle accident lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. to get help with your case. Contact us today at (205) 933-1500.
Your bike has likely been in storage all winter, so it could use a little extra maintenance right now. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind when you’re preparing your motorcycle for some spring trips:
Not everyone has the luxury of maintaining a climate-controlled building just for their bike. But if you can at least cover your motorcycle with a tarp and find storage space in a shed or garage that isn’t too drafty, you could lower the chances of harsh temperatures damaging your motorcycle’s exterior and parts.
Your tires are an important part of your bike and, as such, they should receive special attention. Start by measuring the depth of their tread. If the tread is too shallow, it’s time to replace your tires.
Use your owner’s manual to determine the proper amount of tire pressure. Too much or too little can cause a tire to blow.
After checking the air and treads, make sure to do a visual inspection of your tires, as well. Look for possible damage that could lead to a flat tire or other problems.
Whether your bike is chain, belt, or shaft-driven, you need to inspect these parts for damage, corrosion, or leaks.
Ensure the brake system isn’t leaking and the brake pads aren’t worn out.
Look at both the level and quality of the engine oil and perform an oil change if necessary.
It won’t matter how everything else looks if you can’t start your bike. If you need a new battery for your motorcycle, get one before spring hits and you’re ready to start riding.
Don’t make your first spring drive a lengthy expedition. Instead, take a short ride around your neighborhood so you can double-check everything and make sure you won’t get stranded in the middle of nowhere.
While this technically isn’t a “spring tip,” it’s important to remember for when the good weather ends and the cold weather returns. Keeping your bike inside a structure, preferably away from colder temperatures, ensures that it will be in good condition every year when spring rolls around again.
2016 data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that motorcyclists die in accidents almost 29 more times than those in passenger vehicles. The fact that bikers have less protective metal surrounding them, forcing them to rely upon helmets and rugged leather clothing to keep them safe, makes them much more vulnerable to serious injuries. Because of this, it’s important to keep your motorcycle in proper, working condition year-round so that you’re as safe as possible while on the road.
If you are an injured biker, call Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. today to speak to one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers. We work hard to build a strong case so you can get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (205) 933-1500 to schedule a free consultation.