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The most dedicated motorcycle enthusiasts know that the riding season doesn't have to stop when cold weather sets in. With the proper maintenance and habits, motorcycle owners can keep their vehicles ready to go on a year-round basis.
Whether it's an expensive chopper or a beater, there's no point in taking any bike out in the cold weather if you don't take care of it. Here are some basic tips to keep you and your ride safe as the temperatures drop, before and after you hit the road:
Before You Ride
The first thing any rider needs to do before heading out is to make sure that their motorcycle's essential components will function properly in the conditions. Initially, it might be best to clean and grease a bike's battery and charge or replace it if needed. Bike owners also need to change their vehicles' oil and use high-quality antifreeze.
As a part of your cold-weather maintenance routine, one way to keep your motorcycle running and free of rust in wet conditions is to regularly lubricate all of its moving parts - these include the chain, pedals, brakes and throttle controls. Anti-rusting agents should also be applied to metal components, if desired.
Take care not to forget about your tires: whether you plan on using your regular tires or a winterized pair in the cold weather, make a habit of checking the pressure levels and inspecting both carefully for damage or wear.
In lower temperatures, post-ride maintenance is just as important as the work you need to do before you hit the road. The first thing you should do after you plan to put your bike away for the night is to give it a wash. If you don't have outdoor access to water and can't use a hose, bring it to a local car wash (if the roads are already wet or slick, preferably one that's close!). A great habit for daily cold-weather riders to take up is waxing their vehicle regularly, much like the driver of an antique or expensive car. If your bike has a windshield, it is important to keep it from fogging up by applying the appropriate solution before the next ride.
Once your bike has been dried off, you need to find a way to store it properly - whether it be overnight or for an extended period of time. A garage or other indoor location is the most preferable location, but if you don't have one, bring it into a relatively enclosed area and shield it from the elements using an outdoor cover.
If you're unsure of how to make the purchases required for your winter motorcycle maintenance routine, Aqua Finance has a financing solution to fit your needs. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out how we can help you riding all year long!