How You Can Prepare Your Motorcycle for the Summer

How You Can Prepare Your Motorcycle for the Summer

Summertime means motorcycle time, but before you mount your bike take some time to shake the winter’s dust.

The sun is shining, your kids are out of school, and summer is in full swing. If you haven’t already gotten your bike out, it’s time to do so! But wait! Don’t hit the road just yet, there are some things you have to check to guarantee a smooth and safe ride. Follow these motorcycle-prep guidelines before you uncover your motorcycle and take it out for a ride.

First Comes Fuel

Gasoline is often forgotten about when a bike is placed in storage. Gasoline is a very refined chemical whose half-life does not last very long—a couple of months at most. The more combustible components in gasoline will have already begun to evaporate, which under high pressures (like in high compression engines), can even cause a pyromaniac to run in the other direction.

Battery Maintenance

If your bike isn’t starting after its winter hibernation, chances are it can be fixed by taking a look at the battery. Every time a battery dies its lifespan is drained, and real problems can appear after only just a few drains. Smart riders will have kept their battery on a trickle charger while it was stored, but if you forgot this step it’s not too late to purchase and charge your battery for the first ride of the season.

Oil & Filters

Every motorcycle is different, so you need to consult the owner’s manual about when oil and filters need to be changed. It’s good practice to change these at the same time.


If your wheels have lost traction, then you’re an accident waiting to happen. Properly inflated tires is important to keep their grip at optimal level. Replacing the tires, if wear is too great,  is a good idea to avoid the bike from slipping under you.

Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than driving a car, but they are fuel-efficient, save time, and have the cool factor. A proper motorcycle insurance policy is what you need to give you the peace of mind you deserve. Contact Lloyd S. Berkett Insurance Agency worldwide for all of your insurance inquiries and needs.

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