Preparing for a New Motorcycling Season - Roadskin®

As the endlessly wet and dreary winter finally starts to make its exit, it's the perfect moment to gear up for the rejuvenating season of spring. It's time to shed those extra layers, feel the refreshing wind caressing your face, and listen to the satisfying rumble of your motorcycle's engine as you bask in the sun's gentle warmth. With the days getting brighter and longer, there's no better time to enjoy the freedom of the open road.

Spring isn't just about enjoying the improved weather; it's an opportune time for all bikers to perform the necessary checks and preparations to ensure safety and readiness for the road ahead, especially if you've been braving the winter on two wheels. The change of seasons is a reminder to assess and tune up your motorcycle, making sure it's as eager for the adventures to come as you are.

To kick off this season of revival and road-tripping on two wheels, follow this detailed six-step guide. It's designed not just to help you saddle up for spring but also to enhance your riding experience, ensuring that every journey is safe, smooth, and absolutely enjoyable. Whether planning long countryside rides or simply looking forward to daily commutes in better weather, these steps will prepare you and your motorcycle for the months ahead.

Show Your Motorbike the Care It Deserves

The arrival of spring after a long, wet winter means your motorcycle may have gathered dust, grime, and maybe a coating of road salt. Washing your motorbike thoroughly is crucial to prevent corrosion and maintain its aesthetic appeal. Give special attention to the chain, brakes, and areas that might have accumulated salt residue. This is also an excellent opportunity to check for loose nuts and bolts. After washing, dry the motorcycle meticulously to prevent rust and electrical issues.  

Alternatively, your motorcycle may have been in storage or used minimally during winter. More subtle issues may arise during this hibernation. A rigorous inspection can help you catch and rectify potential problems. Here's our checklist:

  • Inspect the tyres for tread depth, pressure, and signs of cracks or bulges. 
  • Test the lights, indicators and horn. 
  • Check the battery's charge and terminals for corrosion. 
  • Ensure the battery can charge and make repairs or replacements as needed. 
  • Examine the suspension, looking for any leaks or wear. 
  • The fluids, such as coolant and clutch fluid, are at the required level.
  • Pay attention to belts and chains, gauging their tension and condition if applicable.
  • Flush the brake fluid and check the brake pads. 

Regularly replace the oil to keep your motorbike engine running at peak performance.

Always check the manual for the recommended oil change intervals. Changing the oil is like a spa treatment for dormant bikes through winter. Fresh oil lubricates the internal components more effectively, positively impacting performance and longevity. This is also an excellent time to check and replace the oil filter if necessary.

Consider updating your biking gear to enhance comfort and style on your next ride.

You've taken great care of your bike—now it's time to focus on yourself. Evaluate your current motorcycle gear; is it in top condition, or have you noticed any signs of damage or wear? It might be time to consider replacements or repairs, or perhaps you're thinking about expanding your collection. Every year brings a plethora of high-quality new motorcycle apparel and accessories to the market. Look for durable, safety-certified gear made from abrasion-resistant, technical fabrics designed to offer protection in the event of an accident.

Roadskin, a stylish and protective motorcycle clothing market leader, is an excellent place to start. Our pick of the new-season items is the armoured Easyrider II hoodie paired with our fresh-off-the-blocks motorcycle cargo trousers. Together, they make a good-looking spring update that will keep you cool and comfortable. If jeans are more your vibe, our bestselling, award-winning Taranis single-layer jeans in black or indigo will see you right through spring to summer and beyond. And to triumph over spring showers, invest in Rainskins: waterproof over-trousers designed for motorcyclists. 

Take a refresher course or learn new skills

If it's been several months since you last rode, a rider training and skills refresher course can help you shake off the rust and build confidence. Advanced courses can also provide updated safety information, best practices, and tips for enhanced riding enjoyment. 

Riding in spring can present unique hazards, such as potholes, slippery roads from showers, and increased wildlife activity, which require sharpened riding skills. Consider an off-road riding course to add some adventure to your spring itineraries.

Upgrade Your Technology

GPS units for motorcycles can enhance your riding experience by providing accurate navigation and information. They're increasingly durable and come with an array of rider-friendly features. Look for a GPS that’s robust and reliable in all weathers, easy to use at high speeds, and has a readable display (especially in dazzling sunlight) and a long battery life.  

A Bluetooth communication system can keep you in touch with fellow riders without distracting you from the road. It allows you to share routes and traffic updates along the way. 

Like GPS units, action cameras are getting better and more challenging, too, creating ever-clearer and higher-quality images and film. They are a lot of fun to take along for the ride and make an excellent investment. Lastly, ensure your tech has the latest software updates.

Take a road trip 

Spring invokes a sense of wanderlust, urging travellers to plan their journeys carefully.

Considerations should include the weather, road conditions, and the allure of less-travelled paths. It's crucial to select a route with amenities that cater to your needs, such as fuel stations, coffee breaks, and secure rest areas. For solo riders, it's wise to share your itinerary and regular check-in times with a trusted friend or family member. Equipping yourself with an emergency kit containing first-aid supplies, tools, and an additional phone charger.

Preparing for spring motorcycling transcends mere motorcycle adjustments; it requires a comprehensive strategy that enhances the rider's skills, safety equipment, and the mechanical and technological upkeep of your motorcycle. When all these elements are addressed, you're truly ready. Enjoy the journey!

Useful links:

Improve your skills with the world-famous California Superbike School on the big circuits: Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Bedford Autodrome. Four levels of training are offered, from foundation to personalised coaching.

The half-day Rider Confidence Training course uses tried-and-tested California Superbike teaching methods. These courses are low-impact and low-gradient, taking place away from the racetracks. Bedford Autodrome (24 June) and Brands Hatch (11 July).

If you've got the travel bug: five fantastic European road trips plus touring tips from the Bunny King Hogs.

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