Prepping Your Motorcycle After a Long Winter Layover

As winter snow starts to melt and icy roadways clear up under sunny spring skies, navigating streets and highways is a much more pleasurable and safer experience. It’s also the time when motorcycle owners begin to plan their first ride of the season.

But before donning your helmet and zipping off for an exhilarating ride, you should take time for a thorough inspection of your bike. A lot can happen with your motorcycle in the months since it was stored at the onset of winter. Spring cleaning is a great occasion to do an annual top-to-bottom check, from tires to spark plugs and fluid levels, ensuring you get the best and safest performance from your bike.

“Just like warming up your body with stretching exercises before exerting yourself, checking and prepping your motorcycle before every ride is wise to prevent any mishaps.” says Peter terHorst, spokesman for the American Motorcycle Association.

Mr. terHorst recommends a checklist, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s T-CLOCS, that provides a comprehensive list of motorcycle parts, what to check and specific conditions to look for ─ from engine and body basics to often overlooked details.

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