Preparing for summer - Motorcycle Guide
With spring rapidly approaching, many motorcyclists
will be taking their bikes out of hibernation
to enjoy the improving riding conditions.
But before you hit the road, make sure you
give your bike a good once over. If your bike
has not been started for a while then you must
make a proper check on all its vital components,
- Before a wheel is even turned you should
give the whole bike a visual inspection, taking
off the seat and (if necessary) body panels.
- Check the oil level and condition and ensure
there are no leaks.
- Charge the battery with a high quality charger,
check and (if required) clean the terminals
Before pushing the starter button, push the
bike to check the operation of the most important
- Check the brake fluid levels. If necessary,
top up to the specified level.
- Check if the brake lever is operating smoothly.
Lubrication of the pivot is necessary.
- Check the tyre pressures and tread depths.
- Check the clutch operation and the clutch
lever free play.
- Check if the throttle grip is operating
- Check the coolant level.
- Check the condition and slack of the drive
- If everything is doing as it's supposed
to, then you can start the engine. Give the
engine the chance to warm up properly and
don't rev up the engine until it's warm.
- During the engine warm-up, check all lights,
indicators and engine stop switch just as
you should do before every ride.
Having satisfied yourself that all the controls
are operating properly and that the bike warms
up normally, with no leaks or unusual instrument
readings, you can go for a short ride, but only
around the block. Climb off the bike and give
it one last check.
All that remains then is get out and ride.
But take it easy until you're back into the
swing of things. After all, there are many components
that make up a motorcycle but the biggest and
most valuable one is the rider sitting at the
Note: These practical tips do not claim to
be comprehensive, rather they are a general
guide to good bike care. Proper maintenance
and servicing always require you to visit your
Yamaha dealer. They will be able to advise you
on all aspects of keeping your bike running
smoothly all year round.