Finally, it’s spring, and the weather is warming up again. So now is the time for some basic motorcycle maintenance to be safe on the road. Here we explain the basics.

motorcycle maintenanceMotorcycle Maintenance for Safety

While riders know they need regular maintenance, sometimes they just want to ride now. However, it is important to first check over your motorcycle. Then you can ride safely with confidence. So start with a full visual check of your motorcycle from front to rear. In addition to making sure all bolts are secure, also look at brake pads, belts, and hoses for issues. Also change all fluids, including oil, brake fluid, and chain lube. When in doubt, replace parts sooner than later. Rather, don’t wait to save money. In fact, you can save money in the long run by avoiding unnecessary and expensive repairs. Moreover, the last place you want to discover a problem is while riding down the highway.

Tires and Brakes

Because everything starts and finishes with your tires, make sure they are ready to go. After all, they are the only thing between you and the road. So absolutely make sure they are in good shape with no “flat” or worn spots. In addition, keep your bike and tires slightly off the ground during storage months. Also be sure the tires are properly inflated. While too much pressure can cause tire failure, too little can cause handling and steering problems. And when you need new tires, don’t get the cheap ones. Rather, spend the few extra dollars to protect yourself and get back home to your family.

Just like good tires, don’t take chances with your brakes. Seems like everyone wants speed when they should really focus on how quickly a motorcycle can stop. While going fast is fun, being able to stop in time will save your life. So regularly check your brake linings, cables, and fluids and know you can stop when necessary. Since this is so important, you probably should do a check every time you get ready to ride. Rather than risk serious injury, put safety and regular motorcycle maintenance first. And finally, ride like your life depends on it.