Spring time in Seattle – as in many U.S. cities – means motorcycle season. With the rainy season momentarily behind us, many motorcycle enthusiasts are getting their bikes out of storage and readying them for road adventures.
Preparation is key in getting your bike ready as well as getting yourself ready. Both you and your bike need to be a top shape.
Get your bike checked, update insurance policy
Before taking your bike on that first ride exploration ride, you must complete some important matters. Here are some of them:
- Make sure the bike is in good working order: Check for leaks. Give your bike a thorough inspection by checking the tires, controls, brakes, chain alignment, battery, headlights and brake lights.
- Review and update your insurance policy: When not riding, you likely suspended certain coverage – collision, liability and towing — through a “lay-up” policy. It is time to reinstate full coverage.
- Wear solid protective gear: Washington is one of 19 states that states that requires helmet use by motorcycle operators and their passengers. Get a good one with a detachable face shield. Wear clothing made from leather or denim along with gloves and durable shoes or boots.
- Ease into riding season: No need to rush out and hit the highway. Get reacquainted with your bike and ride around the neighborhood. You know your bike better than anyone, and you can tell if something does not feel right.
- This is Seattle, it rains: You need to know how to handle your bike in the rain. When riding in wet weather make sure the tires have good treads and regularly check them. Consider wearing a rain suit to keep you dry. Getting wet may distract you from concentrating on the road and the surrounding conditions. If a rain storm arrives, get off the road as slick conditions may endanger your journey.
By staying safe and taking precautions, you can protect yourself this motorcycle season.
Joy, pleasure and safety
The arrival of motorcycle season brings joy and pleasure to many bikers who may have remained cooped up during the winter rainy season. It is easy to want to jump on your bike immediately ride. However, make sure your bike is safe and that you, too, are ready to ride. All it takes is a negligent car driver to shatter those moments. Too many crashes are caused by motor vehicle drivers who fail to see and yield to motorcyclists.