If you are an avid motorcyclist, you are probably looking forward to spring even more than most people. After all, when spring makes itself known in Colorado, it is time to dust off your motorcycle and hit the road. Of course, your motorcycle—along with everyone else’s motorcycle—needs more than a good dusting. Getting your motorcycle ready for spring is an important part of making sure you’ll be able to safely enjoy the season. Now is the time to take the time to give your motorcycle a good, solid tune-up, along with a check of your safety gear.
While riding a motorcycle does have its dangerous aspects, the wind in your face as you ride along some of Colorado’s best motorcycle roadways (the Walden Loop, Black Canyon Run, Peak to Peak Highway and San Juan Mountain Skyway, to name a few), can make it all worthwhile. There are plenty of things you can do, however, to minimize the risks of riding a motorcycle, and maximize the rewards, such as:
Consider your fuel—if your motorcycle was stored for the winter and was full of fuel, you need to address the fuel system first. Gasoline has a refined, chemical composition, and deteriorates rapidly. After several months, the combustible elements in the gas tank will have begun to evaporate, causing your motorcycle to run rough. Sitting gasoline can also create a varnish-like substance when it reacts with oxygen. This substance can clog up your injectors, jets, filters and lines. Finally, if your motorcycle was exposed to wide temperature variations, condensation may have formed in your gas tank, which can cause even more serious issues. If you drained your fuel before winter, or added a fuel stabilizer, you are ahead of the game. If you did not, drain it now, look inside for condensation or other “gunk” that could cause problems, then refill the tank with high octane fuel.
The next most common issue you could face with a motorcycle which has been stored throughout the long, cold winter, is a dead battery. If you kept your battery on a trickle charger, you are a step ahead, and have no problems with your battery, however if you forgot, you still have time to get a trickle charger and properly charge your battery prior to your first ride of the season. Either way, make sure to check your battery fluid levels and top off any low cells.
You really should check your tires before every single ride—after all, when only a little rubber keeps your motorcycle (and by extension, you) away from the road, making sure your tires are in tip top shape is extremely important. When checking your tires after your motorcycle has been stored for the winter, make sure your tire pressure is good, and check the wear level on the tires, replacing them when necessary.
Perhaps you changed your oil prior to storing your motorcycle, but if you did not, you should do it now, or have it done if you don’t change your own. While you are on the subject of fluids, check your brake fluid, and your coolants, topping them off if they are low.
Now for the easy ones—inspect the lenses on your lights to ensure they are securely attached, make sure your headlight is aimed correctly, and check your turn signals. Make sure all your cables, hoses, levers, pedals and throttle are in good working condition, and that none are broken, bent or have any cuts, leaks, bulges or cracks.
When you are certain your motorcycle is in good working condition, take the time to check your own safety gear—your helmet, gloves and leathers. While your motorcycle offers no protection in the event of a crash, having the proper safety gear can definitely help. It is also a good idea to take a refresher course in motorcycle riding if you can—one of the primary causes of motorcycle accidents is lack of experience and training.
Springtime motorcycle accidents are common, especially as winter snow and ice begins to thaw and April showers appear. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Denver because of another driver’s negligence, we can help. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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