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04/12/2017
Take your motorcycle out of winter storage using the right tools and the best products. Be sure to give it a synthetic oil change using one of AMSOIL's quality synthetic motorcycle oils.

Take Your Motorcycle out of Storage and Prepare It for Spring

Use these tips to prepare your motorcycle for a spring full of fun and safe rides.

Test the Battery

Because your motorcycle won't be able to do anything without a working battery, this is a great place to start. Ideally, the battery should have been taken out of your motorcycle and charged every couple of weeks during the winter. Similarly, keeping it on a trickle charger or on a charger with a tender would have kept your battery charged without weakening its ability to hold onto a charge. If this describes how you handled your motorcycle's battery through the winter, it should be ready to go. Even so, be sure to test it before taking your bike out on the road. If you left your battery in your motorcycle and forgot all about it during the winter, you may have some issues. Charge the battery and test it. Some batteries may die out completely while others may be able to charge, but won't be able to hold onto the charge for long. Whatever the case is, be sure you won't be left stranded due to a dead battery before heading out on the spring roads.

Inspect the Tires

If you kept your motorcycle on a stand all winter, you won't have to worry about flat spots developing on your tires. However, this doesn't mean you don't need to inspect the tires at all. Start by inflating your tires to the proper air pressure since the winter cold likely cause some deflation. Once your tires are properly inflated, finding issues like cracks, flat spots, and wear will be much easier. Inspect your tire walls as well as the tread for damage and signs of wear. If your tires are in good shape, you won't have much more work to do. If your tires are showing their wear bars or if they look significantly worn, it's best to get a new set before taking a spin.

Get a Synthetic Oil Change

Changing your motorcycle's oil before storing it for a season is highly recommended because of how this fluid can break down and cause internal damage. If you did change your motorcycle's oil in the winter, chances are your oil is ready for use. Don't take this as a given, and instead take the time to inspect the condition of your oil. If you're unlucky, your oil may have started to break down over the winter. If this is the case, drain your old oil and replace it with a fresh bottle. Opt for a synthetic motorcycle oil that will keep your engine lubricated and protected better under all conditions. If you prefer to take care of changing your oil yourself, check out AMSOIL's V-Twin Oil Change Kit that comes ready with everything you will need to complete your oil change. Get your motorcycle ready for spring with AMSOIL's 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil, designed for use in both domestic and foreign motorcycles. For help finding the perfect products for your motorcycle, don't hesitate to call AMSOIL Dealer, Dwight Smith. Give them a call at (702) 561-3706 to learn all about their products and how these can benefit your ride.

Drain the Fuel

If you mixed a fuel stabilizer, like AMSOIL's Gasoline Stabilizer, into your full fuel tank before storing your motorcycle, your fuel is probably ready for use. Using a fuel stabilizer will help prevent your fuel from breaking down over the winter and causing clogs in your fuel system. It should be mixed into your fuel before any long periods of storage. To be safe, take a look at your fuel before taking a ride. If your fuel doesn't look ok, it's best to drain your entire fuel system and fill it up with new fuel. If it looks ready for use, remember that the fuel stabilizer may cause it to burn faster, so stay close to a gas station during your first rides.

Pay Attention to the Body

Finally, wash your motorcycle to remove any built on dust, grime, or moisture that got under your cover. Once you're done washing it, dry it off to prevent unsightly watermarks and corrosion caused by moisture. Finish it off with a coat of wax. All of this will make your motorcycle shine bright on the road, but that isn't the its most important task. All of this washing and waxing will actually provide a layer of protection for your motorcycle once it's exposed to outdoor elements, so keep your motorcycle clean through the season. For even more tips to help you prepare your motorcycle for spring, check out the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's T-CLOCS Inspection Checklist.

Give Your Motorcycle a Synthetic Oil Change in Ann Arbor

If you're looking for the perfect synthetic oil for your motorcycle, AMSOIL Dealer, Dwight Smith can help you find it! Contact their experts at (702) 561-3706 to learn all about AMSOIL's range of synthetic motorcycle oils Why stop there? Check out their online shop for even more products, including filters, fuel additives, and many other products!
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