Essential Spring Bike Prep Projects

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 by Road Rider MCA No Comments

Spring Bike Prep Projects

Use this rainy weekend to get your bike ready for thousands of miles of safe and uninterrupted riding this spring and summer!



Oil Start your bike’s year off right with a fresh change of oil and a new oil filter. Road Rider has over 50 different sizes of K&N and HiFlo oil filters in stock and 15 different brands of oil, so we’re always on standby with the goods you need for routine maintenance projects.


HiFlo 260 Air filters catch airborne particles, dust, and debris that would otherwise be heading towards your engine’s internals. And when all that debris builds up, airflow is restricted and your engine’s performance and fuel efficiency suffers. Check your air filter for buildup as often as you change your oil and oil filter, or if your bike has been sitting idle for a long period of time. Consider upgrading to a K&N High-Flow Air Filter to save money in the long run – they can be washed, oiled, and reused over and over again.


Motorcycle MandB Now is the time to check your tires for tread wear, cupping, cracking, and other signs that it’s time for a replacement set. Head to Road Rider’s tire shop when you’re ready, because our experienced tire technicians provide mount and balance services seven days a week. Remove your wheels at home or ride your bike in and borrow our stands and tools to get the job done. If you aren’t up for removing your own wheels, call Sporttech or Superbike and they’ll work with us to get you back on the road ASAP.Quick Tip: Check your tire pressure regularly, because maintaining properly inflated tires is vital to getting the longest life and a safe ride out of your tires. Never inflate your tires beyond the maximum PSI indicated on the sidewall of your tire. 


Stoppie 260 Take some time this weekend to inspect your bike’s braking systems. Brake pads should typically be replaced when they are worn down to about 2 or 3 millimeters, but check your owners manual for specifics. You should also check for any loose bolts or screws. Regardless of how often you ride, brake fluid needs to be replaced every 1 to 2 years because it degrades and loses pressure naturally over time.It is very important that you use a brake fluid with the correct DOT rating for your bike. As always, check your manual before you start any project for indications specific to your bike. You can pick up the brake fluid you need at Road Rider, as well as a variety of different brake bleeding tools.


Chain Keep chain gunk to a minimum throughout the year by routinely cleaning and re-lubing. Make it easier on yourself and pick up a Simple Solutions Grunge Brush and some chain cleaner like Motorex Chain Clean. Chains can stretch out over time, while individual chain links can loosen or tighten. These inconsistencies will wear down your sprockets, so a worn sprocket is a good indication of a worn, irregular chain, as well. You should also make sure that your chain is correctly aligned from front to back and has the correct tension throughout a full rotation. Your bike’s manual will indicate how to check if your chain is too loose. If it IS time for a new chain, save yourself some work down the line and change your sprockets at the same time.


JPH 260 Don’t overlook suspension. Everyone from newbies to advanced riders can benefit from a suspension checkup and setup. Properly tuned suspension will make your riding smoother and safer, so it’s especially important to consider suspension tuning when you first get your bike. Check out our short interview with Jason Hauns of JPH Suspension for the lowdown.


Cables Your bike’s cables do a lot of the heavy lifting on your daily ride but usually get little attention. But cables require occasional TLC just like everything else. Once a year, inspect your cables for damage. If they don’t need replacement, apply cable lube using an inexpensive lubing tool. You can pick up everything you’ll need at Road Rider.


Old Bike Even if your bike doesn’t look like that, you might still want to let the pros handle it, because it can be tough finding the time, space, or the confidence to do your own motorcycle maintenance. If getting greasy isn’t on your agenda, take your bike to the same pro mechanics we trust with our own bikes. Sporttech and Superbike are both less than a mile from Road Rider and routinely coordinate with our tire and parts departments to make sure you get back on the road as fast as possible after repairs, upgrades, tire replacement, or maintenance. DJ Cycles is located nearby in San Jose and owner Dave Jenks specializes in European and Japanese bikes. Paulie’s Shop specializes in Harley-Davidson and custom bikes and work is by appointment only. Please call the shops for more information or to schedule work.


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