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Spring motorcycle maintenance makes for safer riding

With the approaching of spring, many Montana riders will be taking their motorcycles out of storage and looking to get back out on the highway. If properly stored, a few months in mothballs certainly shouldn't do a motorcycle any harm, but it is still necessary to take a few steps to get it roadworthy once again. After all, you don't want to take off only to experience a problem on the road.

So, before hopping aboard and taking your first spring ride, there are two things you will want to address: the battery and the brakes.

If you gave the battery an occasional trickle charge or had it hooked to a Battery Tender during the winter, then it is likely that all systems are go. So, simply check its fluid level and give it a slow charge. If the battery received no charge, then you will want to give it a full one. Also, examine it carefully and if it appears damaged or in any way substandard then it is best to replace it.

Insofar as the brakes are concerned, you want to check your pad or shoes and change them if they appear to be getting thin. Also, your post-storage inspection is a good time to change the fluid. As your motorcycle sat, the brake fluid likely soaked up moisture, which can cause it to get spongy. It is an especially good idea to change the fluid if it has been a year or more since the last change.

There are several other parts of your motorcycle you should also attend to, including the oil, valves, tires, and suspension system. Your owner's manual is the best place to check for the specific maintenance requirements for those items.

Hopefully, this spring will bring a bounty of good rides and adventures. But if you should have the misfortune of being involved in an accident and require compensation to cover medical expenses, you may wish to solicit the services of a Montana personal injury attorney. The attorney could help you file your claim and pursue a fair settlement.

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