This is probably one of the most beautiful moments of the whole motorcycle season, get your bike ready now! After a long winter break, the new season is just around the corner. In order to get a good start into the new season, there are a few small things to consider. We’ll tell you how to properly prepare your motorcycle and make it fit for the season. This simple assessments of your motorcycle primarily serve your safety, but at the same time prepares you for the upcoming inspection.

 

Cleaning

Certainly not the most exciting of all work steps for most of us, but thorough cleaning should always come first when preparing your bike after a long winter break. Firstly, after a long time alone in the garage, your bike has definitely earned it, secondly, if you work around the motorcycle when cleaning to get rid of the winter dust, you can easily find spots and parts that might have been damaged. Are there any hoses or rubber parts cracked? Is there a new rust spot on the frame? Are there any traces of oil on the engine or cylinder? This gives you a good overview of the condition or possible weak points that need to be remedied afterwards.

 

Battery

If you leave the battery in the motorcycle over the winter months, fully charge it first before restarting your motorcycle for the first time. The same applies to removed batteries; they should first be connected to a charger and fully charged. You can also treat the two battery poles with a little pole grease. A little tip: if your carburetor machine doesn’t really work when you start it up for the first time, try leaving the fuel cap open before starting, this sometimes works wonders.

 

Liquids

Check the fluid levels of your machine: brake and hydraulic fluid can be inspected through the viewing windows or indicators. Good to know: Change the brake fluid depending on the boiling point or every two years at the latest.

 

Brakes

How are your brake pads doing? In addition to the visual inspection of the brake cylinders – are they dry or is there moisture all around – the indicator of the brake pads tells you whether a change is pending or not. A check is definitely worthwhile here, because you will receive the result at the inspection at the latest.

 

Suspension fork

Special attention should also be paid to it: Are the fork legs clean and dry or do you see a light film of lubricant? Pay particular attention to whether the shaft seals hold tight on the first exit. Because if not, work is inevitable.

 

Levers, joints and chain

Check the clutch, hand and foot brake levers: just like the joints of the footrests, dirt tends to collect here. Clean the joints with a rag and treat them with a water-displacing spray or lubricant. If you haven’t cleaned the chain thoroughly by the end of the season, now is a good time to do it.

 

Tyres

Check your rubber front and rear, as well as the rims, thoroughly for any damage such as cracks or scratches. What about the profile depth? In Austria and Germany, a tread depth of at least 1.6 millimeters must be adhered to. Warning: don’t be fooled by the indicator: most tire manufacturers only indicate a height of about 1 millimeter. Your very first trip of the season should lead you to the nearest petrol station so that you can fill up to the correct pressure with the tyres still being cold.

 

Electrical and lighting

Front and rear lights, brake lights, parking lights, indicators, horn, heated grips, on-board socket. Does everyone do what is asked of them? Then it’s fine and nobody needs a warning.

 

Changing the engine oil before winter or in spring?

We have already covered this distressed topic in one of our previous blog posts. Depending on how you hold it, the oil change is due again after the winter at the latest. Because one thing is clear: the elixir of life of your machine should be changed regularly, at the latest at the intervals prescribed in the manual. The effort for this, even if you do it yourself, is relatively low, compared to the gain in longevity and performance of the engine.

 

Protective clothing

Your protective clothing is as much a part of riding your motorcycle as any other of the previous points mentioned. Make sure to check your protective gear after you get it out of the closet before you leave for a ride for the first time. Without wanting to assume anything, some people thought when trying them on that the things had run in over the winter. How long have you been riding with the same helmet? Many manufacturers recommend replacing the helmet after six years at the latest – provided that they didn’t suffer any kind of accident.

 

Check yourself

Gaze behavior, speed, sitting position, braking and evasive maneuvers, lean angle. After the winter break you have to get used again to the motorcycle specific riding style. Take it easy at first, the season is still long!

 

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