As the weather warms up and Spring approaches, bikers are starting to get back on the road after the winter break! Before you clean up the bike and head out on the road, the personal injury attorneys at Dale E. Anstine Law Firm remind our motorcycle community to keep safety in mind and follow these steps to get prepared for the riding season:
Sit Down for Some Light Reading
The manufacturer’s owners manual most likely contains important information on routine and spring maintenance. Although we know that reading through the manual may seem like a daunting task – it is one that is very important for safety! Not sure where your owners manual is located? Most bike manufactures have copies of manuals on their websites.
Another great resource to read is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Motorcycle Operator Manual. Although the manual is intended for new riders, the information presented is relevant and important for all riders. You can read a copy of the manual online.
While you may be tempted to jump on your bike and hit the road for the first time when the temperatures start to rise, it is critical to thoroughly inspect the gas tank, and consider the fuel levels and overall fuel system condition prior to a ride. If you did not properly drain the fuel from the tank prior to the winter months, the gasoline left in the tank can become stale and create problems with the bike’s operation. Old gas can make your bike ride rough and has the potential to cause serious mechanical problems.
Are you unsure if your gas tank is ready for the spring riding season? It’s best to make an appointment with a professional motorcycle service center so they can check the bike for safety.
When the Rubber Hits the Road
There are just a few inches of rubber between you and the road – make sure it is in great shape for the season! Tires should be checked before EVERY ride; however, it is especially important to do a complete check of your tires before spring arrives. How is the air pressure? Are there any treads missing? Are the tires in good shape? There are several different types of tires for motorcycles – which one is right for you? Check out this article from Motorcyclist magazine for some great information on bike tires.
These are just a few of the many things you should consider before hitting the road to make sure you are on the path to safe riding. We love our bike community and look forward to seeing you on the roads! We hope you never need us, but if you do find yourself in need of a personal injury attorney as a result of a motorcycle accident, we hope you will reach out for a free consultation to get a fighter on your side. We’re proud to have served our motorcycle community for more than 40 years here in York, Gettysburg, Hanover and all of Central Pennsylvania.