Spring time for many folks means getting the motorcycle ready for its season of service. There are, of course, the hardcore folks who’ve been riding all year ’round in snow and winter’s wrath — however, most of us choose to hang it up in the winter. For us, de-wintering the bike is on the to-do list.
The cover comes off, the dust settles, and sitting in front of you is what used to be a running vehicle, now a two-wheeled dust collector. The battery goes on the charger and hopefully the fuel-stabilizer you loaded into the tank months ago is doing its thing. So now what?
Well, technically, if you’ve got oil loaded, the bike will start once the battery is charged up, but there’s still a lot to do to perform a more comprehensive check before you roll out. Here’s a list we generally go through when shaking the cobwebs loose:
Check the fuel — duh
Battery – charge it
Oil – change it and make sure it’s the right level
Re-connect fuel line — we remove it for winter
Fuel filter — Clean it
Carb. float — knock any gunk out
Brake fluid — check/refill
Check drive chain/shaft — lube if needed
Chain — tension
Fork oil — check/fill if needed
Cables — check/adjust
It sounds like a lot, but honestly you can run the whole gamut in about two hours with beer and tunes going on in the shop. There’s probably a load of items I’m missing, but it’s the baseline that we perform before cranking our beast up and prowling the pavement. What do you do to get your iron horse up and breathing right for spring? Let us know in comments.