In summer, motorcyclists are divided into two clear groups: those who take the opportunity to go on long routes and travel to unknown places, and those who prefer to park their bikes up until the heat subsides. When autumn arrives, the latter have an important task to carry out: service their bikes. At NG BRAKES we want you to get back on your bike as safely as possible. That’s why we decided to remind you of the necessary steps you should take before starting it up again.
- Check the condition of the battery. You should do this even if you disconnected and removed it before parking it for the summer. We recommend that, if you have a charging and diagnostic device, check that everything is correct before reinstalling it back in the bike.
- Check the tyres. A basic step, whether the bike has been kept indoors or outdoors. Check that the tyres have not suffered any damage and that they have the correct pressure. It’s normal that they will have lost a lot of pressure, so it will be necessary to apply some air to reach the figures indicated by the manufacturer.
- Clean it thoroughly. Not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because it’s essential that all parts and components are clean, in order to check that they are in the correct condition and have not suffered any damage or corrosion.
- Check the level and condition of the fluids. As always when servicing or tuning after the summer, we should check the level of the brake fluid, cooling, oil, etc. What’s more, it’s advisable to assess whether they have an unusual consistency. If so, it may be time to change them.
- Condition of the brakes. Whenever we leave the motorbike stationary for a while, it’s highly recommended that, before riding again, we check that the brakes are in good condition. First with a visual check, which allows us to detect corrosion, deterioration and even rust on the disc, then with an actual test to ensure they’re still fully functioning.
- Final check. Once you’ve done all of the above, our advice is to start the bike and make some final checks – from the level of fuel you have to the state of the lights, which may be incorrectly regulated or could have even suffered a fault.
- If you have any doubts… Go to the workshop! As always, there’s nothing quite like the hands, eyes and knowledge of a professional. So, if you detect any anomaly in your bike or there is something that makes you feel uneasy, the best thing to do is to go to your usual workshop to get a complete check-up.