Seven tips to get your motorcycle spring ready

4 min.

The good weather is on its way and the roads are drying up. It’s time to get your bike ready for adventure! To prepare to hit the road, go through this guide and follow our tips!

  • Is your battery charged?

    If you’ve left your bike hooked up to the battery all winter, you’ll likely be out of juice. If the voltmeter reads low, recharge your battery with the right charger before hitting the road. Remember, the maximum lifespan of a motorcycle battery is generally five years.

  • Are your tires full?

    If there’s one element of motorcycle maintenance that you should never overlook, it’s your tires. Look for cracks and blisters. If you notice the rubber crumbling, it’s a good idea to change the tire, since friction from the brake shoe is unforgiving. As for the right tire pressure, refer to the manual or what’s indicated on your swingarm. The maximum lifetime of a pair of tires is 10 years but could be less.

  • Are your brakes in good shape?

    To ensure your safety, check the thickness of your brake pads and discs. Don’t ignore cracks or abnormal deformations, which can pose major issues down the road.

  • A good chain to link together the kilometers

    A chain kit includes three components (front sprocket, rear sprocket and chain), which will theoretically wear out at the same rate. Make sure that these components of your drivetrain are well lubricated and that the chain is properly tensioned. That way, you’ll be in perfect control.

  • Are you visible?

    Darkness falls quickly, especially at the beginning and end of the season. Don’t be dim: Test your headlights, turn signals and other bulbs!

  • Fluids

    Finally, to keep everything running smoothly, check the level of all your fluids:

    • Engine oil: Check the level on your gauge or through the sight glass in the cowling. Remember to change your oil periodically.
    • Coolant: Make sure there are no leaks! If you notice any, have the reservoir repaired so that you’re not always running out!
    • Brake fluid: Don’t skimp on this one! If you’re running low, take the opportunity to change your brake fluid and while you’re at it, replace your brake pads if they’re old.
  • Adapt your riding style

    In provinces with severe winter conditions, winter riding is often restricted by law. As a general rule, this period is the same as for winter-tire requirements. In Quebec, for example, you can start riding as of March 16. Of course, if spring conditions are poor, adapt your riding or wait a little longer before taking your bike out.

    Don’t forget: Potholes are a Canadian motorist’s worst nightmare come spring—and they’re even more devastating when you hit them on a motorcycle! What’s more, the salt and sand spread on the roads throughout the winter, and which won’t have completely cleared by spring, are another hazard for motorcyclists to be aware of, since the grains are hard to see. Be especially careful in sharp turns.

    Finally, remember that roadside assistance can prove very useful if you ever run out of gas or blow a tire.

Is adventure calling? Is your vehicle insured? You’re now ready to hit the road worry free—or almost. For peace of mind, remember to have your motorcycle regularly checked by a specialist. While it’s satisfying to do your own maintenance and read the owner’s manual from cover to cover, the experts—who are used to the issues of various models—can significantly extend the life of your precious bike.

Happy riding!


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