Before hopping on that bike to go for a nice ride, it is always valuable to make sure your motorcycle is ready for the road in a safe manner. Not only can doing your own maintenance keep you safe but it can also help your pocketbook. Here are some tips and suggestions of key points to make sure you are keeping your motorcycle in pristine condition for your safety and for the safety of those around you.

Research Your Motorcycle

First things first, you will want to do some digging and learn about your motorcycle. Understanding your bike by brand and type will help determine what you need and how to maintain your bike. Here are some great resources to check out:

Being safe also means knowing you will be covered if something were to happen. Check out what insurance coverage is available. Now that you have your resources and have gained more knowledge about your bike, it is time to see what routine maintenance should happen.

Routine Maintenance

So now it is time to roll your sleeves up and get to work on your bike. Remember to check your owner’s manual to make sure you understand where everything is located on your bike before beginning. Here are five key routine check-ups:

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Preparation for Winter Storage

For those who can’t ride all year long due to the weather, it’s important to prep your bike for the winter long hibernation. Make sure to store your bike somewhere dry and out of the elements to keep it protected during the cold months. Changing your oil is important even when storing your bike. You want your engine as clean as possible during this time.

To avoid rust, fill up with a fresh tank of gas and add a fuel stabilizer to keep the fuel from breaking down over time. Clean all exterior surfaces of your bike. If you wait until your first ride of the warm season, any dried debris, dust or even bugs will be a pain to remove. Although there may be many other tips for winter storage, our final suggestion is to remove the battery and hook it up to a battery tender. For the best result, store your battery with the tender somewhere that the temperature doesn’t fluctuate.

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