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Motorcycles: 7 tips for de-winterizing your bike

autos Updated: Mar 31, 2014 13:40 IST

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At the first signs of spring, motorcycle enthusiasts begin taking their rides out of the garage for the first time in months. But before hitting the open road after a period of hibernation, it's a good idea to make sure your motorcycle is in tip-top shape.

Here are seven basic tips for "de-winterizing" a motorcycle:

1- Recharge the battery.

2- Check the tires and add air if needed.

3- Make sure all lights are functional.

4- Change the oil.

5- Lube the drive chain and speedometer cable.

6- Clean the brakes.

7- Before heading out on a long ride, run the engine for a few minutes to make sure everything is operating like it should.

In case of any uncertainty, especially if you are a newcomer to motorcycle maintenance, be sure to take your bike to a professional mechanic, who will typically run all of the checks above for a fee.