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Top tips for getting your motorbike ready for spring riding

Is your motorbike ready to hit the road this spring?
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by Paul Spalding

In the latest in our series of expert advice columns, Paul Spalding from Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists gives his top tips on preparing for spring.

At long last the weather has taken a turn for the better and many motorcyclists will be returning to the roads after a seemingly endless winter with the bike tucked away in the garage or shed.

If this is you, or if you toughed it out through the winter, now is a good time to take stock of your bike and your riding gear, as well as brushing up on your riding skills.

Bikes that have been stored away for winter should be thoroughly checked over before being ridden and any fluids (engine oil, brakes, clutch or cooling) replaced as necessary.

One area people often forget is their riding gear. Make sure you have cleaned and treated your boots, trousers, jacket (or one piece suits) and gloves to keep them in tip top condition.

Check them for any tears/cuts/abrasions and have them repaired or replace them. Make sure your helmet straps and latches/buckles are perfect and that any flip-front mechanism latches firmly into place.

Finally check your visor. Dirty and scratched visors will affect your visibility, especially when the sun flares off the defects.

Small scratches can be polished out, but if in any doubt replace your visor with a road legal clear or semi-tinted (for daytime use) one.

So what about your road riding skills? Everyone likes to think they are a good rider, but the truth is everyone has different levels of skill.

Riding on the road requires the same set of machine control skills used on the track, but it also requires another set of skills to keep you seen and safe in an environment occupied by vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM) is a local motorcycle club affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and its aim is improving the road riding skills of motorcyclists in Suffolk, while having fun along the way.

To find out how they can do that, visit the SAM website or contact your local IAM motorcycle group.

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