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Old 03-26-2009, 10:28 AM   #1
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Pre-riding season bike prep?

I've been swamped with work lately so I haven't had much time to be on the net (for browsing MH or anything else).

I haven't ridden my bike more than 3 times since last November and my wife's Ninja 250 hasn't been ridden at all since then.

We're wanting to start riding again and I want to do a good pre-season check-up/tune-up on both bikes before we ride.

My bike has a tick under 6k miles on it. My wife's has 900 miles on it.

Some things I have planned...
  • Oil change on both bikes
  • Clean/lube chain
  • Check/set tire pressure (tread is good on both bikes)
  • Check/set coolant levels
  • Check brake fluid (I flushed mine last season so no change is needed)
  • Check functionality of headlights, turn signals, plate lights
  • Air filter? Her bike is so new, her filter is fine. I've never checked mine though. I'm not sure if it needs to be checked/cleaned with the bike only having 6k miles. Yay/nay?
Is there anything else I should consider? We'd like to go for a ride this Sunday so I want to do the work on Saturday. I want to be prepared beforehand.

Thanks in advance for your advice/info. It's cool having HER itching to ride again. She's timid so the more she rides, the more comfortable she'll be.
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you probably don't need to change your air filter with only 6000 miles. i may be wrong tho.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:41 AM   #3
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you probably don't need to change your air filter with only 6000 miles. i may be wrong tho.
ive heard that the air filter doesnt have to be changed often... but im pretty sure it depends on the riding conditions... i changed mine 1 yr ago, then while installing some other things on my bike i checked it bc i already had the tank off...... it was filthy!

it's not a huge issue, but worth checkin
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:07 AM   #4
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Battery? I don't think you mention that. It may need to be re-charged unless you remove it from the bike.
Did you left fluids in the bike since November? If so, did you put fuel stabilizer into the old gas?
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:12 AM   #5
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check those tires, sitting without moving that long, hopefully they dont have flat spots. Check the fuel too, I'd start em up, or drain the tanks and put fresh stuff in.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:26 AM   #6
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My bike has been run a few times and is fuel injected.. it has no issues with fuel. My wife's bike has fuel stabilizer in it since it's carbed. I've started it once ever 2 weeks or so. I plan on topping off both tanks with new fuel.

I've moved my wife's bike around numerous times since it's stored between the front of my Mustang and my tool chest. The tires aren't flat-spotted.

The batteries are fine... they start up without issue right now.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:27 AM   #7
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Thanks. I planned on checking them when I cleaned/lubed them.
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I've been swamped with work lately so I haven't had much time to be on the net (for browsing MH or anything else).

I haven't ridden my bike more than 3 times since last November and my wife's Ninja 250 hasn't been ridden at all since then.

We're wanting to start riding again and I want to do a good pre-season check-up/tune-up on both bikes before we ride.

My bike has a tick under 6k miles on it. My wife's has 900 miles on it.

Some things I have planned...
  • Oil change on both bikes
  • Clean/lube chain
  • Check/set tire pressure (tread is good on both bikes)
  • Check/set coolant levels
  • Check brake fluid (I flushed mine last season so no change is needed)
  • Check functionality of headlights, turn signals, plate lights
  • Air filter? Her bike is so new, her filter is fine. I've never checked mine though. I'm not sure if it needs to be checked/cleaned with the bike only having 6k miles. Yay/nay?
Is there anything else I should consider? We'd like to go for a ride this Sunday so I want to do the work on Saturday. I want to be prepared beforehand.

Thanks in advance for your advice/info. It's cool having HER itching to ride again. She's timid so the more she rides, the more comfortable she'll be.
In Houston, there is no "no ride" season......
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:19 PM   #11
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All a matter of opinion. I choose not to ride in 40 deg weather and my wife is cold when it's 70, so she damned sure isn't riding unless it's warm.
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