As the cold of winter gets weaker and the first signs of spring appear, any real biker feels a rush to get back out on the road. When it comes to driving, there are not many things as exciting—or as dangerous—as riding a motorcycle. However, since little problems can quickly lead to big accidents, there is very little room for error when it comes to bikes. Unfortunately, as motorcycle accident lawyers, we’ve become all too familiar with the things that can go wrong and turn a little issue into a destructive accident. That’s why our motorcycle accident lawyers are lending their knowledge in the form of tips to getting your bike ready and safe for spring.
Do Some Light Reading
Before beginning to get your bike ready, dust off your owner’s manual and skim through it. Check to see if there are any procedures listed to help you get it ready, in case there are any that are specific to your bike model.
Take It For A Checkup
When it comes to bikes, there are not a lot of room for mishaps. A problem that is inconvenient for someone driving a car could be fatal for someone riding a bike. Taking your motorcycle to the shop—to a professional who knows exactly what problems to look for, what filters to replace, and every step to ensure your bike is ready for the road—is an important step in making sure you’ll be safe on the road.
- Check the fuel system
- Change the oil
- Check fluids and hoses, topping them off as needed
- Change filters
- Check the health of your battery, replace if needed
- Inspect your tires for any cracks, punctures, bulges, or flat spots
- Inspect the brakes, brake lines, shoes or pads, check the brake fluid level and clean the rotors, and lubricate the front brake hand lever and throttle cables
Before you take your bike out for a joyride, give it a good wash. Obviously, this step isn’t as crucial to the health of your motorcycle as the others, but giving your bike a great shine will only make that first ride of spring sweeter.
Update Your Insurance Policy
Make sure that your insurance policy is up-to-date. If you’ve added any custom features, you’ll want to be sure they are covered in your policy.
Hit the Road
Let the bike idle for a few minutes before riding to be certain that the fluids are circulating and everything is running smoothly.
Have a Motorcycle Accident Attorney By Your Side
At Tolbert Beadle, LLC, we hope you have a sunny and safe spring, enjoying riding your motorcycle without incident. However, we want you to know that if you or anyone you know ends up in need of a motorcycle accident lawyer, we will be here to answer your questions and take on your case.
Our law firm offers experienced motorcycle accident lawyers, who are knowledgeable and determined to get you the compensation you need to cover the losses or expenses of your motorcycle-related injury. In the wake of your bike crash, our motorcycle accident lawyers will go to bat for you.
Tolbert Beadle LLC is Missouri’s leading law firm with three locations in Springfield, Jefferson City, and Columbia. Tolbert Beadle proudly serves families throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.