Whether you’re a committed all year rider, take your bike out once in a while, or you’re just starting out – you need to regularly check the following very important things. They may seem small, but they could prove to be vital. So remember to regularly check:
brakes and brake fluid – make sure you have plenty left on your brake pads and remember, brake fluid runs out and doesn’t re-fill itself. No brake fluid equals no brakes!
tyres – cracks can appear during winter time, even if you’re not using your bike; also keep a look out for nails, bulges and make sure your tyres are always at the right pressure.
fork seals – loss of oil in the fork seals will result in poor suspension performance, so check for any leaks.
oil – regular changes work wonders for your bike and its longevity.
coolant – this is just as important in the summer as it is in winter so keep it topped up.
chain and sprockets – winter can cause a chain to seize and be weak in places, so make sure all your links are loose and your sprockets don’t have too much wear in them.
lights – make sure your bulbs are working and generating light, and make sure your light is positioned correctly. It’s easy to blind oncoming drivers, which can be very dangerous.
have the bike serviced regularly at your local dealer – it will save you a lot in the long run. Kit
Don’t forget to check your kit as well. Visors can be scratched affecting vision – sometimes you don’t realise how bad it has become until you fit a new one. Check the straps are all ok too; a helmet is only any good if it stays on your head!
Look over your leathers, gloves and boots – stitching coming undone, zips failing or cracking leather might just be the excuse you need to sort yourself out some new gear.