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How to Get Your Motorcycle Summer-Ready

POSTED: 06/06/2024

Summer is the ultimate time of year for your motorcycle to come alive. The season of sun-drenched days that are perfect for the exhilaration of motorcycle riding, and after months of your bike sitting dormant, it's time to shake off the dust and prepare for the open road. But before you rev up your engine and embrace the windy freedom of the ride, a bit of preparation is crucial to ensure your motorbike is in tip-top condition. Let’s get your two-wheeled companion summer-ready with a few essential summer motorcycle prep steps.

Preparing Your Motorcycle After Months of Inactivity

Even the sleekest motorbikes can succumb to the effects of a long winter break. To avoid any unwelcome surprises on your first journey back, start by giving your bike a thorough wash. It’s likely to be coated in a layer of grime that has accumulated over the inactive months. As you clean, inspect for any signs of corrosion - dampness and humidity can do serious damage to plain steel brackets and clips.

Next, tighten any nuts and bolts that may have loosened during the winter. Changing the oil and replacing the filter is essential too, as old oil can turn acidic and damage the engine's internal surfaces and bearings if left unchecked. Don’t forget to check the brake fluid; it absorbs moisture over time, which can degrade your braking performance and corrode internal components.

Chain maintenance should never be overlooked. Ensure your drivetrain is free from corrosion and wear by cleaning and lubricating the chain thoroughly, and adjusting the slack as needed. For those who prefer a professional touch, consider scheduling a summer motorcycle servicing to cover all the technical aspects.

Finding the Best Riding Routes

When it comes to finding the best summer routes, Google Maps simply won’t suffice. Tap into the knowledge of fellow riders, or check out specialist magazines like Ride Routes or apps such as Rever that offer curated trip planning. Or, why not embrace the spirit of adventure? Venture out, get lost, explore new horizons—just make sure your phone is charged enough to guide you back home!

Getting the Right Gear

Navigating the balance between protection and comfort in the summer can seem like an oxymoron, but it's entirely possible with the right gear. Start with a helmet; consider a flip-front model for easier access to fresh air during stops. When it comes to jackets, a mesh option will provide the necessary protection while allowing air to circulate and keep you cool. For those who prefer leather, choose a jacket with perforations in the main panels to avoid overheating.

Underneath your jacket, swap out the cotton tee for a base layer made of polyester or another breathable material to prevent stickiness and overheating. Lower body protection is equally important; look for riding jeans with direct body venting and removable linings for adjustable comfort.

Don't overlook your hands. Invest in dedicated summer gloves that are breathable yet durable, often made from leather with a racing style to provide both comfort and protection.

Enjoy Summer with a New Bike From Wheels Motorcycles

Why settle for just getting your old bike ready when you could start the season with a brand-new ride? At Wheels Motorcycles, the UK’s premier destination for both new and used motorcycles, we fuel your passion for two wheels. Featuring the world’s most popular brands including Kawasaki, Suzuki, Aprilia and Honda, with our top-notch service and MOT centre, we ensure your bike is always summer-ready, letting you ride with peace of mind. Browse our range of new and used bikes today, or contact us for more information.

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