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Make Motorcycle Maintenance Projects a Priority!
If cold and snow have kept you off your bike, some good old fashioned motorcycle maintenance projects might brighten your mood. Snowy days and cold weather can be miserable for bikers. Every walk through the garage reminds you that you aren’t riding your bike. And surely your bike is missing you, too! Fortunately, now is a great time to take care of some motorcycle maintenance projects that often get put aside during the year. Start a couple of these projects and you will get quality time with your bike and find that Spring is here before you know it!
5 Motorcycle Maintenance Projects to Start Today
1 . Change your fluids! Changing your antifreeze, brake fluid, and clutch fluid is a project that can take a whole afternoon if you want it to… and if you’ve been away from your bike for a while, that may seem like a blessing. Leaving old fluids stagnant in your bike can cause corrosion, so winter is a great time for this maintenance task. It’s easy for your fluids to get tainted with water, and that can cause extreme heat and damper the performance of your bike. That’s definitely not something you want to deal with in the spring! Take care of this tedious project now!
- Replace your brake pads. While you are enjoying some intimate time with your bike, take the time to change your brake pads. If they are nearing the end of their life, now is a great time to do it. Trust me- you do not want to wait until your pads are gone and the metal backing damages the rotors. That’s an expensive fix. Instead, change them out now so you won’t have to worry about them for a while.
- Examine your chain and replace it, if necessary. The chain takes a licking when you bike- it’s responsible for transferring power to the rear wheel. With rough or uneven terrain, a few wheelies, some burnouts, or just general wear and tear, it can wear down. To check your chain, pull it away from the rear socket. If over half of the tooth is exposed, it’s time for a new chain. Also, check out the teeth and replace your chain if they are curved.
- Change the oil. This bit of maintenance should be performed regularly, but winter time is great because your bike is sitting still. It’s not good to leave dirty oil in a bike that is stagnant. It can corrode and eat away at expensive parts- definitely not a good idea! Take the time now to put clean, fresh oil in your bike. It’s not the most exciting motorcycle maintenance project, but it will keep corrosion at bay.
- Check the wear on your tires and replace, if necessary. There’s nothing worse than starting the season with old tires and losing a day of riding because you have to replace them. That’s why the winter season is a great time to check them out and replace them, if necessary. If your tires are showing more than moderate wear, either take your bike into the shop or replace them yourself. Trust me- you will thank me when the warm weather hits.
Parked Motorcycle Syndrome (PMS) is the worst, but taking advantage of these tasks will give you some warm, quality time with your bike. Better yet, it will mean that your bike is ready and in great shape when the warm weather finally hits.
At Kass & Moses, we are an experienced team of bikers who are also motorcycle accident lawyers. We’re here for you with lots of great bike tips, safety ideas, and general motorcycle know-how. We’re also available if you are involved in a crash – contact Kass & Moses for a FREE consultation. Enjoy the winter and take advantage of these motorcycle maintenance projects.