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Spring is here and the snow is gone! The season has returned and it’s time to bring your ride out of storage. Here’s a list to consider when bringing your motorcycle out of hibernation and back into service. As always, consider reviewing your motorcycle owner’s manual for detailed instructions and factory recommendations.

1. Uncovered – Remove the cover. Covers should be cleaned outside to be removed from dust. If the cover was exposed to the elements and is soiled, it should be cleaned according to instructions. You’re going to use the cover again, right? Take care of it so it can take care of your ride.

2. Portable power – Reinstall your removed battery or remove the Battery Tender cables. Make sure the battery is tethered or installed in the machine correctly. Clean the terminals and casing. Take precautions that are posted on the side of the battery unit or the machine’s owner’s manual.

3. Take out the rags – Remove the rags from the exhaust pipe(s) and air intake(s). Since they were probably dirtied from storage, they can be reused to wash the machine or clean the chain. Be sure to remove the rags because the engine won’t ignite if your combustion system is blocked!

4. Paperwork – All vehicle documentation ought to be put back in the machine, sans title to the bike. Proof of insurance, owner’s manual, vehicle registration, first aid kit, tools, etc. can be put back into the machine’s storage compartments.

5. Insecure – Remove all chains and brake rotor locks. If the vehicle was alarmed while in storage, disarm it. Needless to say, the machine should be secured whenever you’re not riding it.

6. Change the oil – Change the oil and filter. Most riders use an inexpensive brand of motorcycle oil for storage. Time to change it back to the synthetic or premium blend. Change the filter.

7. Set ‘er down – Lower the bike to the ground, only after inspecting the chain and tires. Rotate the tires and inspect for any wear or any discoloration. Now is a good time to review the chain and sprocket condition.

8. Check your fluids – Inspect the brake fluid, coolant levels and alike. Add as necessary (brake fluid should be added from a new, sealed container, and should never be mixed with other brands or standards). Check tire air pressure.

9. Inspect the gadgets – Pull the throttle and make sure it snaps back. Pull hand a foot controls and make sure that they’re operating to specification. Push the clip-ons from side to side to make sure that the front can move freely. Check the suspension settings and make sure they’re to your specifications.

10. Ignition – Turn the ignition and start the machine. You’re probably going to need to use the choke (if applicable) to start the engine. Check the headlights, both low beam and high beam. Sound the horn. Check your turn signals; both front and rear. Does the license tag light work? If the machine is close to a wall or with the help of a friend, make sure the rear brake light illuminates when the brake lever or brake pedal is depressed. Does the engine speed turn to the correct idle speed after reaching operating temperature?

11. Service – It’s a good time to review any issues with the machine. If you purchased your machine new, the warranty may be close to expiration.

12. Check with MOM – Read your owner’s manual. It might have some tips on returning the machine to service.

13. How you doin’? – Refresh your skills in an empty parking lot before entering heavy traffic. Retrain your muscles and reflexes to those required for motorcycling; you’re probably a little rusty over the winter break!
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