What should you look out for before getting back on your bike in the spring?
After 5 or 6 months in the garage, and a harsh Luxembourg winter, the bike's essential components must be given the once over with a complete check-up:
Recharge the battery, which can become discharged when the bike is not used for several months. Be sure to replace it with a new battery if necessary. (Ideally you will have kept it in charge maintenance over the winter).
Carefully check the condition of the tyres (cuts, wear and tear, etc.) and of course their pressure.
- Headlights and indicators:
If it is advisable to check the correct operation of the lights before taking the motorbike out on the road, a check that is all the more necessary after a few months spent in the garage.
Check the oil, brake and coolant levels. Make an appointment for an oil change if necessary.
Check the thickness of the brake pads to ensure that there is at least 1 mm of thickness left. Don’t hesitate to replace them a little earlier for your safety. Thinned brake pads lose their effectiveness so gradually that you may not notice. Also check that the brake discs aren’t rusty.
During the winter, the drive chain has probably accumulated dust, which has amalgamated with the grease. You can remove this with a cleaning spray before greasing thoroughly. Also consider treating the joint pins of the levers and pedals.