Get your bike ready for summer

With a bit more spare time at home, why not get your bike ready for summer with our handy maintenance checklist.

Before you go out and jump on your bike, which has been sat patiently waiting in the garage, there are a few things you need to check to get everything in the best possible shape for when you get back on the road. Before you start, make sure your work area is clean and tidy, grab your battery charger, fetch the pressure washer and cleaning kit, and line up your tools.

This webpage is intended as a guide only. Yuasa cannot be held responsible for any damage to person or property caused by following the information provided. Please consult your bike’s owner’s manual for manufacturer’s information. If you are not confident seek advice from an accredited industry professional.

Now you’re ready to begin waking your bike from its long winter hibernation.


1. Cleaning your bike

Regular cleaning not only keeps your bike looking great but also helps prevent corrosion and prolongs its lifespan. Use a mild detergent and water to clean the frame, forks, and wheels, and pay attention to hard-to-reach areas where dirt and grime can accumulate. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth to prevent water spots. Finish by applying a protective wax or polish to keep your bike looking its best.

A thorough clean also forces you to look at your bike from every possible angle. Keep an eye out for any loose bolts, rust or anything else that may need attention later on.

Motorcycle wash



2. Checking your tyres

Now your bike is sparkling from its wash, have a good look at your tyres. Carefully check for any cracks in the sidewall, cuts and damage in the tread, other wear and tear or slow punctures. If you find anything wrong replace as required.

Underinflated tyres can affect handling and fuel efficiency, while overinflated tyres can reduce grip and cause uneven wear. Use a tyre pressure gauge to measure the pressure when the tyres are cold, and adjust as necessary according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Motorcycle tyre check



3. Inspecting the wheels

After checking your tires, give your rims and spokes a once-over. Your wheels play a vital role in ensuring a safe and smooth ride. Damage to rims or spokes can compromise the structural integrity of your motorcycle, leading to potential handling issues or even accidents on the road. If you notice any damage or they appear bent or broken, it’s time to visit the dealer for replacements.

Motorcycle wheel check



4. Inspecting brakes

Brakes are essential for your safety, so it’s vital to inspect them regularly. Check the brake pads and discs to make sure that the thickness meets the stated requirements from your owners manual, and replace them if necessary. Damp and cold can actually corrode some pads and discs, so spend a few minutes inspecting them closely. When you’re sure they’re okay, check the brake fluid level and top up or replace if needs be.

Finally, check that the brake light is working as it should. It’s worth bearing in mind that your brake fluid deteriorates and absorbs moisture over time. You should always stick to your bike’s service schedule with regards to brake fluid replacement.

Motorcycle brake check



5. Checking fluid levels

Inspecting fluid levels is crucial for maintaining your bike’s performance and longevity. Check the levels of engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and clutch fluid regularly, topping up or replacing them as needed. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the type of fluids to use and the intervals for checking and replacing them. Keep in mind that fluid levels should be checked when the engine is cool to get accurate readings.

The winter cold will have kept your damping fluid on ice for the last few months which means it won’t work as well as it should straight away. If your bike has the provision for adjustments in the suspension set up, and you’re confident with what you’re doing, consider tweaking the suspension to account for the temperature conditions.

Motorcycle fluid check


6. Lubricating moving parts

Proper lubrication is essential for keeping your bike running smoothly. Lubricate moving parts such as the chain, cables, and pivot points regularly to reduce friction and prevent premature wear. Use a high-quality lubricant suitable for your bike’s components and riding conditions. Wipe off any excess lubricant to prevent dirt buildup, which can cause further damage.

Motorcycle lubricant



7. Checking your battery

Providing you’ve read and followed our battery guide, now is the time to remove your battery charger. Your battery will be in the best possible shape to start the bike.

Motorcycle battery check


8. Pre-flight checks

Last but not least check your headlights, indicators, horn and all other signals are still working. Then, climb onto your bike, switch on the ignition, rev the engine and go chase that horizon!