If your motorcycle has been gathering dust in your shed, there are things that you must do before you take that first ride again.
One of the first things you should do is to make sure your bike is prepped properly. If it's been a really long time, consider taking it to a motorcycle mechanic to ensure everything is in working order and that it's safe and roadworthy.
These are some simple things that you can do at home, but check your motorcycle manual for more maintenance tips
- Check battery terminals (clean, if necessary, with baking soda and water). Dry, or apply an after wash product (there are several available) then dry.
- Check, charge, or install the battery (positive lead first).
- Check oil and other lubricants. Change the oil filter if necessary.
- Check all cables and lube with appropriate lubricants.
- Check tyre pressure and wear. Top up each tyre to the correct pressure.
- Check all lights and replace any globes if required.
- Check brake fluid level, and pads/shoes for wear. If the pads seem a bit thin, replace them.
- Apply leather treatment where applicable.
- Check drive belt, chain, or shaft.
- Clean any glass, reflectors and mirrors.
- Clean inside of helmet with mild soap then leave in a warm place to dry.
- Give your ride an all over clean to get rid of any old road grime and rust spots.
- Polish and wax all chrome and painted parts.
You’ll also need to take a look at your number plates. They must be easy to read, clean, unworn and undamaged.
Finally, check that your registration is up to date. There are severe penalties for riding an unregistered motorcycle because compulsory third party insurance is not valid when a motorcycle is unregistered. This means that you could be held personally liable for compensation to any person injured as a result of a crash.
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