Spring is officially here, which means it's time to get your motorcycle ready to get back on the open road. With the weather warming up, it's the perfect time for getting out there for a good first ride of the season. However, before you do, you'll want to get your bike ready and perform maintenance that you might have forgotten about during the off-season. Here are a few things to keep in mind when getting your motorcycle ready for the warmer months.
Get rid of old fuel
If you didn't fully empty your tank after last season's final ride, you'll want to refresh your fuel. Stale gasoline is a fairly common problem but it can cause your motorcycle to run rough. Properly maintaining your motorcycle fuel pump can help avoid this issue.
Your motorcycle fuel pump is what keeps your motorcycle running. Another reason not to use old fuel is that gasoline can also react with oxygen, which creates varnish deposits in your fuel system. This can clog your fuel filter, fuel lines, and more, which can cause big problems for motorcycle fuel pumps.
Change your battery if necessary
During the winter months, battery problems are one of the most common problems you'll run into with your bike. Many people end up with a fully drained battery by the time spring rolls around, and a battery dying enough times can cause serious problems for you and your motorcycle. If possible, try to keep your battery on a trickle charger, but if you've forgotten to do this, you can still get one in time to have your battery charged for the first ride of the season.
Keep it clean
If your bike's been in storage for some time, it's likely built up some dust and dirt. Make sure you clean off your motorcycle thoroughly before your first ride; it'll look better, but it will help it perform better as well.
Also remember to clean your motorcycle frequently throughout the season. Riding in certain environments can cause more dust and debris buildup on your bike, like riding through desert or muddy areas. California, New York, Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania have the highest amount of registered private and commercial motorcycles in the country with over 390,000 registrations in 2016.
Maintaining your motorcycle throughout the year is important if you want to keep it functioning properly. These tips can get you ready for your first spring ride and help your bike run great all year long.