Motorcycles: 7 tips for de-winterizing your bike
At the first signs of spring, motorcycle enthusiasts begin taking their rides out of the garage for the first time in months. But before hitting the open road after a period of hibernation, it's a good idea to make sure your motorcycle is in tip-top shape.
Here are seven basic tips for 'de-winterizing' a motorcycle:
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1- Recharge the battery.
2- Check the tires and add air if needed.
3- Make sure all lights are functional.
4- Change the oil.
5- Lube the drive chain and speedometer cable.
6- Clean the brakes.
7- Before heading out on a long ride, run the engine for a few minutes to make sure everything is operating like it should.
In case of any uncertainty, especially if you are a newcomer to motorcycle maintenance, be sure to take your bike to a professional mechanic, who will typically run all of the checks above for a fee.