How to Prepare for Motorcycle Season

Getting your motorcycle ready for spring riding is one of the most time-honoured rituals in the life of a motorcycle enthusiast. However, preparing your bike to get back out on the road should be much more than a slap-dash checklist of must-do issues. It’s more than just a bike, it’s your pride and joy and your ticket to freedom and adventure — it must gleam in detailed perfection and run in absolute mechanical harmony! Getting your bike ready for the road in the spring is not a job, it’s a labour of love.

Before you hit the road, here’s a checklist you should follow:

• Remove, clean, and store bike cover.
• Check battery terminals (clean with baking soda and water if necessary).
• Apply an after wash product (there are several available), and dry.
• Check oil and other lubricants.
• Check cables and lubricate with applicable lubricants.
• Check tire pressure and wear.
• Check, charge, or install the battery (positive/red lead first).
• Check all lights and signals to confirm they’re operational and not cracked or broken.
• Check brake fluid level, and brake pads/shoes for wear.
• Wash or apply a pre-wash, and then thoroughly ‘bathe’ your ride.
• Apply leather treatment to leather components.
• Check drive belt, chain, or shaft.
• Polish and wax all chrome and painted parts.
• Add ‘octane’ booster (if desired) to fuel according to directions.
• Clean inside of your helmet with mild soap and let it dry. Shine the outside of the helmet as well.
• Write down beginning mileage.

In addition to the above, you’ll want to review any notes you wrote before putting your motorcycle in winter storage the previous year.

Before you head out onto the highway for your first spring ride, take your bike out to an empty parking lot to work some of the rust out of your long-dormant riding skills. Practice your braking, slow-speed riding skills, turning, shoulder checks, and simply reintroduce yourself to your bike. This little excursion also gives you the opportunity to find any mechanical issues you may have missed. Road surfaces will not be the same as they were in the fall, so go carefully. Also be aware that sand/salt deposits on the edge of the road and especially at corners or on exit ramps may be hazardous.

Once you’ve checked and warmed up on your bike, you should make sure that your motorcycle insurance is up to date. If you’re with Access Insurance Group, you’ll want to review your coverage with a specialist. If you don’t have coverage or you’re looking for a better rate, you can get a quote or make a change anywhere in Alberta or in person at any of our locations in Edmonton, Stony Plain, Red Deer, Lacombe, Lloydminster, Olds, and Vermilion.

To find out more about Access Insurance, you can contact us or get a quote that will help save money on your motorcycle, home, auto and RV insurance.