Sure, They’re Boring, But Don’t Forget the Essentials

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August 3, 2010 | By: Patrick Garvin

In keeping with the summer travel theme we’ve been promoting these past few weeks, we’re going to once again focus on the bare essentials for your vacation adventures. We’re not talking sexy here. I know we’re all attracted to bright, shiny objects, but you’ll find no chrome or stainless steel in this batch of suggestions; just the necessities that keep you and your bike safely and securely on the road.

First off, let’s talk about your fluids. On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer, but so often something as simple as the lifeblood of your bike goes unattended or unnoticed. And it’s not just motor oil either. It’s always a good idea to change the tranny and primary fluid before a long hot ride across the country. And if you’re sporting a radiator (you V-Rod, metric cruiser and sportbike riders didn’t think I was just talking to the HD guys, did you?), make sure you check the coolant level before heading out.

Next up is another easy item to check off your list before you climb on your bike. Replacing your spark plugs is a simple and cheap way to ensure a trouble-free ride and keep your bike running crisp. Doesn’t hurt at all to toss an extra set in the bags, either. If you run through a big elevation change or your bike is just running on the rich side, a quick roadside change of your loaded up plugs can make a world of difference in your bike’s performance.

And if you’ve ventured all the way across the country to “The Rally” here in Sturgis and you’re experiencing one or two small problems with your bike, we’ve got mechanics on hand to take on anything you can throw at them. That includes an oil change, tire change and even motor work.

But it’s best you get that scooter tuned before you leave for the Black Hills. And be sure to come visit us at 1650 Lazelle St. Or follow our updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as right here on the blog.

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Thanks for the information. It’s a BIG help for new bike owners like myself!

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