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3 Keys to Fall Motorcycle Maintenance

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Preseason vehicle maintenance before winter and summer is essential. While Floridians don’t have to worry about extreme winters, having routine maintenance performed on your motorcycle can increase longevity and reduce the risk of maintenance-related crashes. This fall, here are three things to keep in mind when inspecting your bike.

Warning Signs of Bad Tires

One of the most important aspects of motorcycle maintenance is tire care. Your tires are the only part of your bike that make contact with the road, so it’s crucial to ensure they’re in good condition. Here are some warning signs that your tires may need to be replaced:

  • Tread depth. The tread on your tires should be at least 1⁄16 of an inch deep. You can check tread depth using a tire tread depth gauge, or by eyeballing it. If the tread looks worn down, it’s time for new tires.
  • Cracks or cuts in the sidewall. Inspect the sidewalls of your tires for cracks or cuts. If you see any, the tire is damaged and needs to be replaced.
  • Bulges or blisters. Take a close look at the surface of your tires. If you see any bulges or blisters, this is a sign of internal damage and the tire needs to be replaced.

Know Which Parts Need More Attention

Some parts of your motorcycle will need more attention than others, depending on how often you ride and the conditions you ride in. Here are a few parts that may need to be inspected more frequently:

  • Chain and sprockets. If you ride frequently or in dusty conditions, your chain and sprockets will need to be cleaned and lubricated more often. A dirty or dry chain can cause premature wear, so it’s important to keep it clean.
  • Brakes. Your brakes should be inspected regularly for wear and tear. If you ride in wet or muddy conditions, you may need to replace your brake pads more often.

Performing a “Walkaround”

Before you get on your motorcycle, it’s a good idea to do a quick “walkaround” to check for any potential problems. This only takes a few minutes but can help you spot any issues that need to be addressed before you ride. Here’s what to look for:

  • Lights and reflectors. Ensure all your lights are working properly, and that your reflectors are clean.
  • Fluids. Check the levels of all your fluids (engine oil, coolant, etc.) and top them off if necessary.
  • Leaks. Look for any leaks that may have developed since your last ride.

Daytona Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

While some wear and tear on your bike is completely normal, keeping track of these maintenance essentials can help reduce your chances of a crash. However, even if your motorcycle is in proper working order, others on the road may put you in danger.

Politis & Matovina, P.A. can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (386) 333-6613.