Motorcycle riders: get your two-wheels ready for the season
May 24, 2016 3 minute read
Motorcycle season is here! Canada is filled with some of the most picturesque rides in the world with countless lakes, provincial parks, coastlines and mountains.
Motorcycle enthusiasts are drawn by the freedom, the hum of the road, the wind hugging their sides and the fresh air. It’s one of the rare things in life that gives you a sense of peace and wonder every time you ride.
Tune-up your wheels and review your insurance coverage so you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Here are a few simple tune-up tips you can do to get your motorcycle ready for the riding season. (Note: before you begin any maintenance on your motorcycle, refer to the regular maintenance schedules in your owner’s manual.)
• Check the air pressure of your tires and inflate to the pressure specified in your owner’s manual.
• Inspect for wear and tear on the treads such as bulges, cracks, and embedded objects as this may indicate stress on the tire, which may need to be repaired or replaced.
• Inspect your wheels for roundness, cracks and dents.
• Replace any bent, broken or missing spokes.
Oil and fluids
• Check the levels and quality of engine oil, hypoid gear oil, shaft drive, coolant, hydraulic fluid and fuel.
• Inspect for any areas where fluid may be leaking.
• Inspect levers to ensure they are still lubricated and fitted properly.
• Inspect cables to make sure they are not frayed, kinked or folded.
• Inspect hoses for cracks, leaks, cuts or deterioration.
• Test that the throttle moves freely and does not stick and snaps closed when released.
• Install your battery if you removed it over the winter – consult your owner’s manual for instructions.
• Make sure the terminals are clean, tight, properly charged and secured.
• Inspect reflectors, headlamp, tail lamp, brake lights, high and low beams, and turn signals to ensure they are not cracked and are in working order.
• Inspect the condition of the frame, looking for cracks and dents.
• Ensure front and rear shocks are properly adjusted.
• Check the tension of the belt or chain and lubricate if needed.
Remember: always keep your motorcycle ownership and insurance on you when you ride. Ensure your sticker is up to date and renew it if your birthday has come and gone.
Motorcycle insurance discounts, including bundling
Did you know by bundling your auto, home, motorcycle insurance you may qualify for a multi-policy discount? Many insurance companies also offer discounts for experienced and claim free drivers. Ask your BrokerLink broker for discount details.
Keep your ride covered year-round
Make sure your motorcycle is coverage year-round. Theft, vandalism and fire are just a few examples of how your motorcycle is at risk; even during off-season months when you ride is not on the roads.
Finding the right insurance
If you own a “two-wheeled wonder,” you may already have basic motorcycle insurance; however, is it the right coverage for your needs? Do you remember the last time you obtained a new motorcycle insurance quote and asked your BrokerLink broker questions about it?
Whether you are a new or seasoned motorcycle rider, it is important to understand the different types of insurance coverage available. Motorcycle insurance protection can evolve with your specific needs; driver age, experience and other factors can and do change. Let us know if you park in a garage, on the street, only drive on highways on the weekends or if you use it daily to commute and we’ll find a policy fit you.
You should review your coverage every season to ensure it still meets your needs. You may even learn about ways to save on your policy that include a discount for experienced riders. Learn more about motorcycle insurance so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.
Finding you the right coverage at the best possible price is important to us. Give your BrokerLink broker a call and let us provide you with competitive motorcycle insurance options to help make sure you have the right coverage for your specific needs. No matter where you like to drive or whether you own a cruiser, touring or sport bike, having the right motorcycle insurance is important. Enjoy your next trip out!