Embarking on a long bike trip is an exhilarating experience that allows you to explore new horizons and create lasting memories. However, before you set off on your two-wheeled adventure, it's crucial to ensure that your motorcycle is in optimal condition. Proper preparation can make all the difference in ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. In this blog post, we'll discuss the essential steps you should take to prepare your motorcycle for a long bike trip.
Have BJ's Cycles Complete a Thorough Inspection
To prepare for your long trip, we can start by giving your motorcycle a detailed inspection. We will check the tires for tread depth, wear, and proper inflation. Inspect the brakes, including pads, discs, and fluid levels. Our technicians will verify that all lights and indicators are functioning correctly. In addition we will examine the chain or belt for wear and proper tension, and ensure that all fluid levels (oil, coolant, brake fluid) are within the recommended range. Lastly, we will examine the frame, suspension, and controls for any signs of damage or loose parts, and will rectify any issues we discover before you hit the road.
Oil and Filter Change
Fresh engine oil is vital for optimal performance and reliability during a long trip. Consider changing the oil and filter before you embark on your adventure. Consult your motorcycle's owner manual for the recommended oil type and filter specifications. This step will help ensure that your engine operates smoothly throughout your journey. BJ's can complete an oil and filter change for you quickly and efficiently, getting you ready to RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT.
Check the Electrical System
The electrical system is crucial for various functions on your motorcycle, including ignition, lights, and indicators. We can inspect the battery terminals for corrosion and clean them if necessary. In addition, we can test the battery's charge and voltage to ensure it is in good condition and verify that all electrical components are functioning properly, including the headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals. We recommend that you carry spare fuses in case of any electrical failures during your trip.
Examination of the Cooling System
If your motorcycle is liquid-cooled, we can check the coolant level and condition, ensuring that there are no leaks in the cooling system. If the coolant hasn't been changed recently, we may recommend flushing and replacing it. A properly functioning cooling system is crucial, especially during long rides in hot weather conditions.
Lubricate and Adjust the Chain
A well-lubricated and properly adjusted chain is essential for smooth power transmission and overall safety. We will clean the chain thoroughly using an appropriate cleaner and apply a high-quality chain lubricant. Our technicians will check the chain tension, ensuring it is within the manufacturer's specified range and adjust the tension if needed, as a loose or overly tight chain can lead to poor performance and increased wear.
Test the Suspension and Steering
A stable and responsive suspension system is crucial for a comfortable ride. To ensure you are ready to ride, we will inspect the fork seals for leaks and check the suspension components for any signs of wear or damage. We will also test the suspension's compression and rebound settings, adjusting them to suit your riding preferences and the anticipated road conditions. Similarly, ensure that the steering is smooth and precise, with no excess play.
Assess the Luggage Capacity and Mounting
If you plan to carry luggage on your bike, it is best to ensure that your motorcycle's luggage capacity matches your needs. We can check the condition of any mounting brackets or racks and ensure they are securely fastened, and distribute the weight evenly and securely attach your luggage, keeping in mind the bike's center of gravity for better stability during your trip. If you need accessories to ensure your bike is ready for a long trip, BJ's can help you out with that too!
Ready to RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT on Your Long Motorcycle Trip?
Preparation is key when it comes to embarking on a long bike trip. By following these essential steps and thoroughly preparing your motorcycle, BJ's can help you can minimize the chances of mechanical failures and enjoy a safe and trouble-free adventure. Remember, your safety should always be the top priority, so don't hesitate to call us if you're uncertain about any aspect of your motorcycle's readiness for your long bike trip! That is what we are here for, to get you ready to RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!
Schedule your bike's maintenance prior to your trip today! Call us at 515-823-4050, or fill out our contact form here.
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