As winter transforms into spring and eventually summer, it's a great time for motorcycle riders to pull out their bike and get it road-ready again. If your motorcycle has been in winter storage for an extended amount of time, then there are some changes to the bike that need to be made before you take it out on the road. Ignoring these changes can lead to performance issues and additional problems down the line. After not being used for several months, taking your bike to a motorcycle repair shop can make all the difference in the world. A variety of maintenance repairs can help your bike run like new again and ensure that it performs just as well, if not better, than it did when you packed it away for the winter.
Dry Rotting & Tire Inspection
One of the more important parts of the bike to have repaired are the tires. Tire safety is extremely important for motorcycles, and you should have them inspected or repaired as needed. During the winter months, cold and dry weather can create a tire problem known as dry rotting. This problem creates small cracks on the sides of the tire. Sometimes, the cracks are so small that they are not visible to the naked eye. The dry rot can result in a loss of air and dangerous driving conditions while on the road. If dry rot is present, then a repair shop can install new tires. If there is no dry rot, then the air pressure and tread of the tires can be investigated by the repair technician. Each of these elements will ensure that you have ideal tires for riding.
Motorcycles have a lot of fluids to keep them running strong. Two of the main fluids to be concerned about during the winter months are oil and gas. When these fluids have been sitting for a long time, they may not work as well, may be dirty, and could cause damage to the motorcycle. At a motorcycle repair shop, your fluids can be drained and replaced. The tanks of the bike can also be cleaned out to ensure that there is no grime, sludge, or other elements. The clean tanks will make it easy to use fresh gas and oil for rides.
During the winter, it's important to take off the motorcycle. This can help prevent the battery from losing all its power, creating leaks, or wearing down the contacts. Even if the battery was stored in a separate location, it's important to have it inspected by a mechanic. The battery acid can be checked, the contacts can be tested, and the performance of the battery can be evaluated using a number of machines. If the battery is good to go, it will receive a full charge before getting installed on the motorcycle. If the battery has any issues, then it's easy to replace and get a new one installed on your motorcycle.
Cold weather, dust, and other winter elements can also impact the brakes of your motorcycle. When you go to use the bike for the first time, you may find that the brakes feel soft and it takes a little more effort to get them to brake hard. You may also notice that the brakes squeak or are louder than they used to be. At a repair shop, the mechanics can inspect the brakes, brake pads, and other elements of the bike. If needed, the brakes can be replaced to ensure that the bike operates correctly and you can safely brake in any type of situation.
Don't take winter storage for granted. All of these repairs can dramatically increase the safety of your motorcycle and ability to ride in the summer.