Bring Your Motorcycle Out of Hibernation

How to Bring Your Motorcycle Out of Hibernation

The frost is finally gone, and the days are getting longer. Motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere are eager to get out and ride! However, for those who stored their bikes away for the winter months, it’s essential to ensure a smooth transition back onto the road. We will walk you through the steps to bring your motorcycle out of hibernation, from inspecting key components to performing necessary maintenance.

Inspect the Exterior:

  • Before starting your motorcycle, conduct a thorough visual inspection. Look for any signs of damage or corrosion that may have occurred during storage. Check the tires for cracks, the body for scratches, and ensure all lights are functioning properly. Look for frayed or broken cables. Use a light to look for oil, coolant, or brake fluid leaks. 

Fluid Check:

  • Top off or replace all fluids as needed. This includes engine oil, coolant, brake fluid and fuel. Old fluids can degrade over time, so it’s crucial to make sure everything is fresh and at the proper levels before hitting the road. Condensation can build up over time. If any fluid looks to have water in it, it should be replaced. 

Battery Maintenance:

  • If you removed the battery for storage, now is the time to reinstall it. Check the battery terminals for corrosion and clean them if necessary. Check and clean the battery cables as well. Charge the battery fully before attempting to start the motorcycle. If the battery was kept on the bike, be sure it’s still holding a charge and recharge if needed. A trickle charger is a great way to keep the battery maintained when the motorcycle is not being used for an extended period of time. 

Fuel System:

  • If you didn’t use a fuel stabilizer before storing your motorcycle, there’s a chance the fuel may have degraded or developed deposits. Drain the old fuel and replace it with fresh gasoline. Additionally, check the fuel lines and filters for any signs of damage or clogs. Ethanol in gas captures moisture, add an ethanol additive to gas if it is not ethanol-free. If there are any cracks or breaks in the rubber fuel lines, they will need to be replaced. You may also want to replace the fuel filters. 

Brake and Clutch System:

  • Test the brakes and clutch to be certain they are functioning correctly. If the brake fluid appears discolored or murky, it may need to be flushed and replaced. Inspect brake pads for wear and replace them if necessary. Lines may also crack or break due to age/wear. Inspect and replace if required. 

Engine Start-Up:

  • Once you’ve completed the above steps, it’s time to start the engine. Let the motorcycle idle for a few minutes to allow the engine to warm up and circulate the fluids. Listen for any unusual noises or vibrations that may indicate a problem. A tune up can be performed by following this article

Test Ride:

  • Check your tire pressure and tire conditions. Any lubrication points should also be addressed before you head out. This is also a great time to check your gear (helmet, shoes, gloves, jacket and eyewear etc.) Take your motorcycle for a short test ride around the block to check if everything is working correctly. Pay attention to how the bike handles, brakes, and accelerates. If you notice any issues, address them before embarking on longer rides.  

Bringing your motorcycle out of storage requires careful attention to detail and proper maintenance procedures. If you inspect your motorcycle before getting back on the road, you can get ahead of any issues before they become a major inconvenience or jeopardize your safety. Remember to perform regular maintenance throughout the riding season to keep your bike in top condition for years to come. Be safe and happy riding!

With more people turning to outdoor activities post-pandemic, the demand for motorcycle maintenance tips is on the rise. Stay ahead of the curve!

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