The warm weather is a perfect time for getting out on your motorcycle. Clear blue skies paint a gorgeous backdrop for the vistas you pass. The warmth of the sun means you don't have to pile on layers anymore to stay comfortable. The sunny days are a rider's dream!
But it's important to note that rising temperatures can take a toll on your bike. That's why it's important to engage in preventive and proactive maintenance to keep everything running smoothly so you can enjoy the sunshine as much as possible. We've created the following guide to assist you in keeping all the tasks straight. If you have any questions or need any assistance, visit the expert staff at Great River Road Harley-Davidson®. We proudly serve those in Moline, Quincy, and Springfield, Illinois as well as Columbia, Missouri.
Check Tire Pressure
It's important that your motorcycle's tire pressure is in line with the manufacturer's recommendations. Otherwise, you can start to experience negative performance or even damage. The extra heat you experience in hot weather riding can make the air in your tires expand. The tires themselves won't expand so this increase in pressure can quickly lead to a dangerous blowout or even an accident.
To help prevent over-inflation, you will want to use a tire pressure gauge to measure your PSI. Make sure to do this when your bike is hot and the tires are getting affected by the heat. While you are already near your tires, now is a good time to scope out the rubber and plastic components. Make sure there aren't any cracks in the wall!
Be Mindful of Heat-Sensitive Aspects
Some parts of your motorcycle are more heavily impacted by the high heat. Anything made of rubber or plastic, such as hoses and belts, can quickly get damaged in scorching temperatures. Parking your bike in the hot sun, for example, can lead to plastic melting and rubber cracking or splitting. No surprise, this can turn into leaks, performance issues, and even an accident. Be mindful of how hot these parts get, avoid riding for too long in the heat, and try to park in the shade whenever possible.
Another key thing to consider is your bike chain. It's important for getting the power from your engine to your wheels. But it can be affected by the hot temperatures. Heat can cause it to get covered in dust and grime faster as well as get dry faster. You already know the importance of regular cleaning and lubrication all year round. But it's likely that you will need to step up this routine in the hot months when compared to the frequency you do it in the winter.
Use Polish or Wax
You already know polish or wax is beneficial for protecting your paint and keeping your motorcycle looking like new. But did you know it also helps reflect UV radiation that creeps up on hot summer days? You can even find specialty items designed specifically to protect your motorcycle's paint and frame from UV rays. Sure, it's time consuming to apply this product. But it'll be worth it to add that extra layer of protection to your valuable motorcycle!
We hope you have found these tips helpful! For all your motorcycle maintenance needs, visit Great River Road Harley-Davidson®. If you are looking to buy a bike, come check out our selection of models for all budgets and riding abilities. Our friendly staff is happy to help you with whatever you need, so stop by today! We proudly serve those in Moline, Quincy, and Springfield, Illinois as well as Columbia, Missouri.