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How motorcyclists can safely prepare for the spring

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | Personal Injury

Spring beckons motorcyclists with its promise of warm sunshine, longer days and the exhilarating freedom of cruising on two wheels. After a long winter of hibernation, though, both you and your motorcycle need some TLC to help ensure a safe and enjoyable riding season.

This isn’t just about dusting off your helmet and throwing a leg over the saddle. It’s about a meticulous dance of inspection, maintenance and personal readiness to help ensure a smooth return to the world of two-wheeled freedom.

Tire check

Your motorcycle’s only contact with the road is your tires, which are paramount for safety. Inspect them thoroughly for proper inflation, any embedded objects and signs of wear and tear. The tread depth should meet the manufacturer’s specifications, and there shouldn’t be any cracks or bulges on the sidewalls. Don’t forget to check the tire pressure regularly throughout the riding season – temperatures can fluctuate, affecting inflation levels.

Battery boost

Winter’s cold temperatures can zap your battery’s power. Therefore, before hiting the open road, have it tested and charged, or replaced if needed. A healthy battery is vital for starting your motorcycle and helping ensure all its electrical components function correctly.

Brake check

Your brakes are your lifeline – try to ensure they’re in top condition. Check the fluid levels and inspect the brake pads and discs for wear and tear. Don’t hesitate to consult a mechanic if you have any concerns about braking performance.

Lights check

You should also confirm that your headlight, taillight, turn signals and brake lights are all working flawlessly. Night riding or low-visibility conditions necessitate a properly functioning lighting system to help ensure other motorists see you. Inspect the wiring for any damage or corrosion that might hinder their operation.

Chain or belt care

For chain-driven motorcycles, proper lubrication is essential to minimize friction and wear. Lubricate your chain regularly as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Belt-driven motorcycles also require tension adjustments at specified intervals according to the owner’s manual.

By following these steps and prioritizing safety, you can help ensure a smooth and enjoyable transition back to motorcycle riding this spring. Remember, a little preparation can help protect you and your motorcycle, allowing you to focus on the pure joy of cruising on two wheels. However, you can be hurt by another’s approach, even if you are safety-conscious. Should you get involved in an accident due to a driver’s negligence, consider seeking legal counsel to pursue compensation for your injuries.

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