Out of curiosity..... what do you take special care to look at, when you pull the bike out of the barn at the start of the season?
1) I don't live in a place where I 'have to stick it in the barn'
. Yes, the Pacific NW has had a hell of a wet & cold winter, I still have had the occasion to ride each week.
2) But if I did live where a 'barn'
was necessary, I'd have put the bike up on to front/rear stands whilst it was in cold storage
, keeping both tires off the ground to prevent flat spots.
First dispose (in an environmentally responsible fashion) of old fuel with a fuel stabiliser mixture in the tank (& lines).
Next up would be to check the health of the battery with a metre. If all was up to snuff, check the state of the tires. Even if the bike was not out on the road, the oil was constantly oxidising, so a change with fresh oil... also top off brake fluid (change out if old), & anti-freeze (flush coolant system if old). Pull the clutch cable and lube. Clean & re-lube chain. Disassemble the levers and grease up the moving parts, re-assemble. Yank the cowling, and systematically check/tighten bolts (using a torque wrench)... reassemble cowling. Give it a thoroughly needed wash & wax.
Take it out for a mutually needed shake down ride
. Check the pedal positions; the lever positions. Listen to the bike, is it making any odd noises? How do the pads feel when pushed against the rotors? Replace with new if need be.
Longer shake down
rides to ensue as weather & road conditions improve.