Posts Tagged ‘spring tune-up’

Show Your Motorcycle Some Love This Valentine’s Day

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So, Valentine’s Day is here and the only relationship you’re in is with your bike… (sad trombone noise) so what! Treat your bike like a star on this Hallmark holiday and enjoy a little romance along with the rest of America. Not every relationship is the same and it can be tough to suss out the perfect thing to do, so Clymer is here to help. 

YOU JUST GOT TOGETHER

 A new romance can be a very exciting time, but it’s also the time to set the course for how the rest of the relationship will go. If you go too big on the first Valentine’s Day, you’re setting a precedent for the future.… Read the rest

Get your ATV Ready for Spring!

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It’s a beautiful day and you head outside excited for an off-road adventure. You get on your quad and fire it up – only, it doesn’t start. After multiple tries it will crank, but not start. Your day of riding is over before it even started. What went wrong? You forgot the spring tune-up. Follow along as we get you ready for warm weather riding.

Change your oil, if you did not during winter service. Use the proper weight, to the fill level, and don’t be a cheapo; change the oil filter too.

While you are down there, take a look at the spark plugs, hoses, and belts, and replace as needed.… Read the rest

Getting Your Motorcycle Ready for the Road

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Spring is here! After that terrible winter, it’s finally time to start riding again. If you have neglected your motorcycle during the winter (Understandable. Who likes working on freezing cold metal?), then it’s time for some necessary maintenance before you can fire it up.

Don’t worry, this should be easy enough for anyone with a basic understanding of motorcycles. Follow this list and we’ll have you rolling down the road in no time.

Electrical Check the battery charge with a voltmeter. It should test around the 12.5V area. Charge it on a trickle charger if it reads low. Check the terminals for corrosion and hit them with some dielectric grease.… Read the rest

Spring Pre-Season Boating Tune-Up

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The winter that seemed like it would never end, has finally ended. Warmer weather means boating season! If you have not even looked at your boat since it last touched water last fall, you have some work to do. Fear not friend; follow this handy checklist for advice on how to get your boat back in the water, and running like new.

Hull

Take a quick look over (or, in this case, under) your boat. Leaks can be nasty things, so make sure you won’t have any this spring. Look for the obvious cracks and dents, but also blisters or residue.… Read the rest