Tips to keep your motorcycle in top-shape this summer

HeatherAnne By HeatherAnne, 30th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3lz8zcre/
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Increase the efficiency of your motorcycle this summer: things to consider when taking your bike for a spin on the open road this summer.

Tips for Motorcycle Riding this Summer Season

We are already in the middle of summer and temperatures are peaking at their highest. Most of us have already had a chance to get back to the road on our motorbikes and we know the new riding season always brings a lot of excitement: long drives to the beach, maybe long weekend excursions in the open air and plenty of time soaking up those extra summer rays. With only a few tips to those riders out there both amateur and expert, you can keep your adrenalin levels up all summer long:

Maintenance
Compared to cars, motorcycles lack many safety features: for example they don't have an exterior frame to protect the rider or seat belts. It is therefore important to ensure your bike is in good shape in order to avoid serious injuries on the road.
Starting from the brake system, to battery and tires, remember to do a complete check of your motorcycle to ensure smooth and worry-free rides this summer. This maintenance we're speaking of also covers the fuel system. You should drain and replace old fuel as well as changing the oil and filter and changing coolant levels. You should test all the lights, throttle, clutch and brake cables to ensure they are working well. Clean the drive train, check the tire pressure and replace the air filter if need be. If you’re planning on doing some long winded travel, make sure your bike is in top shape to make the trek and you are equipped with tools to help you in case of emergency.

Efficiency
We all would like to own a motorbike that allows us to speed up safely and is user friendly at the same. Although changing up a gear is a quick process, it still requires some time and effort: usually you need to roll off the throttle, pull in the clutch, then click up a gear, release the clutch and finally roll the throttle back on once again. The good news is that with a little mechanism called a quickshifter, you can change a gear in literally just a second by doing a simple click with your foot: no need to touch the clutch or the throttle, shaving time of your gear change, something that is especially a huge selling point for motorbike racers.

With many options available on the market, you can get some of the latest trends, such as Healtech quickshifter. What's special about Healtech quickshifter is that in addition to weather and shock proof features, it utilizes Bluetooth technology and can be updated wirelessly. And whereas quickshifters in the past were designed with racers in mind, this model was designed for your everyday motorcyclist. The setup and installation is quick, easy and user-friendly.

Buy proper gear
Riding your bike in nice weather outside is certainly pleasant, but be careful with the possible hazards of hot temperatures. Wear breathable clothing and make sure to avoid long trips if it is your first time riding in summer. You can buy motorcycle clothing meant especially for summer riding, just look for products that are made of mesh and have increased airflow. Leather jackets look cool, but you will be stifled if you are wearing one on your bike in the dead of summer. Most companies that sell motorcycle accessories and gear will also offer other varieties of summer-friendly clothing like breathable pants and gloves to make the ride as comfortable as possible. Also be aware of sand or bumps you might encounter on the road: they can make your bike slip and don’t forget that summer storms happen frequently, so make a stop if necessary!

This summer, ride in top-shape on your motorbike!

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Motorbike, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Gear, Riding, Sports, Summer

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I am a fellow American living and travelling around Italy, I love to write about culture, fashion and all things travel.

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author avatar Retired
30th Jul 2015 (#)

I would love to own a motor cycle. Interesting article, thankyou.

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