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Motorcycle RidersAfter a long stretch of cold, wintry weather, motorcycle owners often get anxious for the chance to get their bikes out. Sometimes even an unexpected warm day in February or March will bring out the most dedicated riders. But before you hop on and take off, run through this checklist to ensure that you and your bike are ready for a safe ride.
  1. Remove the battery and give it a full charge if you haven't started it all winter. Putting your battery on a charger overnight will ensure it's ready to go on your first ride. If the battery is more than four years old, consider replacing it.
  2. Change the oil and top off all fluids.
  3. Check mechanical parts for any damage that might have occurred during the cold weather. Belts, hoses and cables should all be inspected and maintained to prevent your motorcycle from breaking down on the side of the road.
  4. Inspect the brakes and tires — two of the most essential motorcycle parts for keeping you safe. Tires should have adequate tread and no blemishes or cracks. Inflate them to the proper pressure. Inspect brake pads for wear. If you let them get down to the metal, you'll have a more expensive repair job because of damage to drums or discs. Many have a notch that allows you to see the level of wear. When the notch is just about gone, it's time to replace the pads.
  5. Contact your independent insurance agent. Before you hit the road, you want to make sure your insurance is in effect and sufficient for your needs. Consider additional coverage if you have customized your bike or if you plan on having a frequent passenger.
Out of all people, avid motorcyclists may be the happiest people to see the temperature rise as winter ends. Before you head out, take a few minutes to go over this checklist and remember to wear your helmet and safety gear.

Your safety is our priority. Call Auto Insurance Discounters at (816) 252-2255 for more information on Kansas City motorcycle insurance.
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