Getting Ready for Motorcycle Season
Motorcycle season is finally here! Here are some tips to prepare for a safe and eventful season!
Update your insurance policy
Firstly, in the state of CT you are required to carry motorcycle insurance to legally ride your motorcycle. Not only does insurance protect you as the driver, but also protects other drivers in case of an accident. Typical coverages that are available are
Bodily Injury Liability
Property Damage Liability
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Property Damage
Towing & Storage
Trip Travel Interruption Coverage
It seems like a lot, but setting up a policy can be super easy and will be so worth having in the long run. Call one of our agents anytime for a quote and more information, or visit this link here!
Uncover and dust off your bike
Take off any covers or rags used to store your bike for the winter. Wash and polish it with the right products, then take it for a short ride to clear off any excess water.
Check the fuel system and fluids
Look over the fuel tank and fuel lines, examine for any cracks or leaks. Replace the fuel filter and check to make sure the fuel is consistent and clean. You’ll also want to check the fluid hose connections for looseness or signs of leakage, and top of any fluids that need to be refilled.
Change the oil
It’s recommended to change the oil before storage, and again in the spring.
Examine brake lines for cracks or leaks as well as the brake pads for wear, as you don’t want them to be too thin. Fill brake fluid, clean the rotors and lubricate the brake hand levers and throttle cables.
Test controls and electrical systems
Inspect switches, lights, gauges, turn signals, levers, pedals and other pertinent controls for proper use. You’’ also want to test the horn to make sure it’s working correctly.
Proper riding gear
Along with getting your bike running smoothly, you’ll want to set yourself up with safe and protective gear. This includes a helmet, boots, rain gear, gloves, etc. If you already have most of these items, we suggest replacing or upgrading when the time is right since protective qualities can deteriorate over time!
Good to go!
You’re ready to enjoy the season!! Be safe and have fun!
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