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This year’s spring is looking great and our riding season has arrived early for those braving the nippy temperatures.
But as you are out and cruising around, watch out for leftover sand and salt from the winter along the roads and especially on the corners.
For those of you who haven’t sprung into action yet, here are a few tips to ensure your riding season is a safe one:
- Give your motorcycle a thorough cleaning to expose any leaks and loose or missing bolts.
- Change your oil and top up all fluids.
- Check your battery. If it doesn’t hold a charge, replace it and save yourself the grief of becoming stranded roadside.
- Check your tire pressure and examine your tread for wear or damage. All these factors directly affect your steering, handling and braking abilities.
- Ensure your helmet is DOT approved and check your safety inspection and registration stickers. Unnecessary fines are a rotten way to start the season.
- Get your riding gear ready. Quality jackets, pants, gloves and boots ensure both your comfort and safety.
- If you find your vision isn’t what it used to be, an eye checkup may be in order. Remember what you see may not be what you’re getting.
- Try a little mental and physical tune-up. Find a vacant parking lot and practice hard braking, swerving and tight turns for an hour or so.
- While on the road, keep asking yourself “what if?” …that car turns unexpectedly? …that dog runs out in front of me?
- Stay alert and remember when a problem occurs in front of you, focus on a safe path through it. Your motorcycle will go where you look.
- An extra ignition key can be a real lifesaver. Hide one on your motorcycle, in your jacket or gear.
- A small flashlight is easy to pack and could become your best friend if your bike dies after sunset.
- Ear plugs will eliminate that ringing in your ears at the end of the day and prevent hearing damage.
- A few feet of trusty duct tape wrapped around a tool handle can fix just about anything and takes up virtually no space.
- Keep water on board and hydrate often to keep refreshed and alert. You will also feel less tired at the end of the day’s ride.
Now is the time to start planning your rides for the summer, beginning with the annual Blessing of the Bikes in Truro on May 1st.