7 Things Every Rider Does : Spring Riding Edition

7 Things Every Rider Does : Spring Riding Edition

Spring is here, and temperatures are starting to rise - which means the beginning of riding season! Here are some tips to stay warm and safe when taking your bike out of storage and hitting the open road this spring!

Tires
Your tires are your life line when riding a motorcycle. You want to make sure that those inflated rubber donuts will keep you shiny side up on the road, especially when you’re in full lean ‘rounding a bend!  

  • Check for cracks
  • Check your wear indicators (bumps or bars in the tire groove)
  • Check you spokes
  • Check tire pressure and inflate accordingly. (Tire will indicate what to set it to, as well as your owner’s manual)

 

2020 P&A FLHX Wheel

 

 

Brakes
70% of your stopping power comes from the front brake. You do not want to find out that something isn’t working quite right while you’re on the road. You should be able to find similar wear indicators on your brake pads. If your brake pads are worn out, now is a good time to replace them. You don’t want to risk losing some serious seat time mid-season waiting for a bench. Squeeze your front brake as your next step. If your lever touches the bar or feels kind of mushy you will most likely need to bleed the line. If you do not know how to do this - DON’T DIY. Have a licenced mechanic take care of it for you. 

 

 

Fluids
If you stored your motorcycle correctly in the fall then you would have already changed the oil. If you did not do this, you will want to make sure this is one of the first things that you do when getting your bike ready for spring. Use your owner’s manual and make sure you follow the instructions to the letter. 

H-D Synthetic Oil quart

 

Battery
You are going to need to charge your battery if it has been stored correctly this winter. If you have charged the battery and your bike still won’t start - do not fear. You will also want to change the battery in your keyfob. If your bike still won’t start then you should call your service centre and have a licenced technician diagnose the problem ASAP. 

 

Lights and Gages
You want to make sure that all your indicators and brake lights are working. 

 

Riding Gear
Make sure you check your riding gear for damage or wear. Remember that your helmet expires after 5 years, unless it has been dropped or exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Both of these will compromise the structure and stability of your helmet.
Your leather jacket has been sitting all winter, waiting for the days to pass by until Spring returns. Make sure you treat it with a leather conditioner prior to taking it out for those first few days of blissful Spring riding. 

 

 

Stay Alert
The Spring is a dangerous time of year to ride. Drivers are not used to sharing the road with motorcycles and you have also not ridden in a few months. 

You also want to be aware of road conditions and plan your trip accordingly. Wet leaves will be  covering pot holes, salt and grit will be littered throughout the lanes, and of course the rain. 

 

Stay alert, take it easy, and ride safe this spring. 

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