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03/08/2017
Use this guide to you properly take your motorcycle out of storage and prepare it for the spring roads. Using a synthetic motorcycle oil like AMSOIL's 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil is a great starting point.

A Guide to Taking Your Motorcycle out of Winter Storage

Now that winter is coming an end, motorcycle riders who put their bikes in storage for the season are likely more than ready for their first spring ride. Before starting your engine, do be sure that your motorcycle is properly prepared for the road.

Use a Synthetic Motorcycle Oil

As you prepare to take your motorcycle out of storage and out on the spring roads, be sure to check the state of its oil. If you were thorough before putting it away for the season, you likely gave it an oil change as part of your storage preparation. If this is the case, your motor oil may be in ok shape. It is recommended, however, that you check the oil before turning on your motorcycle. The winter cold and other storage conditions can affect the oil, so it's best to be completely sure it's ready for use. If your motorcycle does need an oil change, make it a synthetic oil change. For the best products around, check out AMSOIL's full range of synthetic motorcycle oils.

Check on Your Coolant

Your motorcycle relies on a range of fluids to keep it running and operating at its best. One of these fluids is your bike's coolant. Before deciding your motorcycle is ready for a ride, take a look at the condition and the level of coolant in it. Since coolant does tend to break down, it may not be a big surprise if you find that it needs to be replaced. If you're lucky, you will only need to top it off. Before replacing your coolant or topping it off, be sure you're using the correct type or the correct blend. If you're not sure which type to use, check the manufacturer's recommendations.

Give It a Wash

Washing your motorcycle isn't just for aesthetic purposes, it can also help maintain your bike in better condition. Your motorcycle may have some built on dust and debris brought on by its months in storage. Adding this to any potential moisture that may have gotten under the cover gives you more than enough reason to wash your bike. These substances can cause corrosion on the bike's body that isn't only unsightly, it can also spell trouble later on. Once your motorcycle is clean, you can inspect the body for cracks, rust, and any other issues much more easily. For help finding the right AMSOIL products for your motorcycle, contact ALF Marketing at (301) 416-0575. Check out their online shop for a full selection of the best AMSOIL synthetic motorcycle oils.

Inflate the Tires

Your tires have the very important job of keeping your bike connected to the road safely. If they're not inflated properly or if they're damaged, they won't be able to perform their task and keep you safe. Since the winter cold likely deflated your tires at least a bit, grab an air pressure gauge to check their levels. Stick to the manufacturer's air pressure recommendations when inflating your tires. One they're properly inflated, check the tire walls and tread for damage, such as cracks or punctures. Finally, check the tread in order to ensure it's not too worn. If the wear bars are showing, it's time for a a new set of tires.

Take a Look at the Fuel

If you mixed in a fuel stabilizer with your gasoline before storing your motorcycle, your fuel may be ready to go. It is recommended that you check on your fuel anyway just in case it has started to break down. If your fuel doesn't look right, it's best to drain the fuel tank, the fuel lines, and the carburetor to avoid any issues. If your fuel looks ready for use, do remember that the fuel stabilizer may cause it to burn faster. While this isn't particularly a bad thing, it does mean you should stay near a gas station during your first rides of the season. For more tips to help you prepare your motorcycle before a ride, check out Honda's Pre-Ride T-CLOC Checklist.

Synthetic Motorcycle Oil in Halfway

As you prepare your motorcycle for spring, be sure to give it a synthetic oil change in Halfway. Contact the experts at ALF Marketing for help finding the right synthetic oil for your motorcycle. Give them a call at (301) 416-0575 or visit their online shop to browse their products.
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