With the more hospitible weather of Spring just around the corner, you may already be planning your next great open-road ride! While there’s a lot to do to prepare your motorcycle for a longer trip, our insurance experts have narrowed it down for you in 4 easy steps!
Before You Prepare Your Motorcycle …..
Before we launch into step one, we have a few must-have items you should procure ahead of your journey:
The right gear will help you ride safely when the weather or roads get dicey!
Your Navigational Tools
Whether you use a GPS devise or your iphone, a navigational tool is a must!
Don’t run out of juice – make sure to pack the necessary chargers for your devices!
How Do I Prepare for My First Motorcycle Ride?
Now that you’ve checked off some essentials you’ll need on your trip, it’s time to prepare your motorcycle for the road! Before you gear up, following these 4 easy steps:
1. Check Your Engine
Any motorcycle owner knows how important it is to maintain your engine regularly, not just before you put down the miles. That said, your first priority as your prepare your motorcycle for your next trip should be your engine. If you know you’re due for an oil change, do so asap. You should also have the tension on your chains checked, and be sure clean and lube them up!
2. Check & Charge Your Battery
The last thing you want is for your battery to die in the middle of a ride! Especially if you will be running a GPS system or charging your phone on your trip, you should make sure your bike’s battery is in good shape and can handle the load. If your bike stalls during startup, this can be a sign that your battery is on its last leg. If you have a helmet bluetooth system, charge that up as well!
Does your bike burn oil like its their job? Then, it’s a good idea to pack an extra quart of oil in your luggage!
3. Check Your Tires
Few things are more exhilerating than the feeling of that smooth carve through turns on your motorcycle. That’s why it’s imperative to keep your tires in tip-top shape, especially before a longer trip. Make sure the weather compound is free of damage, along with your tread depth – you’ll want to ensure that you have enough tread to cover the mileage ahead. Lastly, check your tire pressure!
4. Check Your Insurance Policy
Your final step in preparing for your trip has less to do with your bike and more to do with the what-ifs you might encounter on your journey. Before you hit the open road, make sure your motorcycle insurance policy is up-to-date. If you plan on going off-road or out-of-state, there may be some additional coverage you’ll need to make sure you’re properly insured for the what-ifs!
Prepare Your Motorcycle for Anything!
The spontaneity of the open road is often what calls out to motorcyclists – but that doesn’t mean your coverage needs to be unpredictable! In fact, our insurance experts can help you build the best plan, so you can get back to enjoying the freedom of the road. If you’re ready to discover what we can do for you, give us a call at (972) 771-2622 or visit our website today!
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