If you’ve been staying up to date with Motorcycle Awareness Month, you already know some basic safety tips of the road. But you also need to prepare your motorcycle before you hit the road, especially for lengthy trips. Here are a few tips for preparing your cycle for the road.
1. Clean your engine. Use a mild detergent and water solution. Plastic and rubber covers and metal protecting agents should be removed first.
2. If your motorcycle has been in storage for awhile, drain and replace the oil. Also, check the battery and lubricate all areas that the instruction manual teaches you to. Check the engine coolant and replace old spark plugs.
3. For shaft driven motorcycles, check the oil in the drive unit. For chain driven cycles , check the drive sprocket and the chain for wear and looseness.
4. Check the horn, all lights, tires, brake pads and shoes, coolant hoses and brake lines. For motorcycles for with hydraulic brakes, check the fluids.
5. When starting your bike for the first time after storage, listen for any unusual noises. If your bike is running irregularly, have a mechanic check it out before hitting the road.
To read more safety tips, click here to go to: Kansas motorcyclist? Here’s what you need to know.
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