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checklist at the start of the season

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?

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Not much honestly. I tried to put it away ready to go. I'll probably pull it out, wash it, squeeze the brakes and check the tire pressures and that's it.
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I think you've hit the two biggest ones, tire pressure and condition of brake fluid -- it's probably a good idea to take a good look at the chain, after if may have sat for a few months. If there was any chance of it being exposed to the elements, it may have started getting some corrosion on it, or in the nooks and crannies.

Giving the electrical connections a good once over before you are far away from home is not such a bad idea, either. Filters that might have gathered up a varmit deserve a check.

One of the other areas that needs a close inspection is your belief in what the road conditions are..... it's not the same as it was at the end of the last riding season. The pavement is cold, and there is probably a lot more grit on it at the moment than there was after a full summer's worth of traffic.

Between the temp, and the traction.... it's a good idea to dial it back on the first couple of runs, especially if any sort of mechanical gremlins may have inserted themselves into the picture without you noticing.... If you are distracted trying to figure out what is going on with the bike, and you are making assumptions about the riding conditions -- and then you discover that the other road users aren't ready to see bikes on the road.... leave some magic in the bag in case you need it.
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I lubed the chain before it went away for the winter but I guess taking a gander at that wouldn't hurt anything. When I'm washing it I'll probably have my face in that area anyways.

As for the mouse issue that's probably a good one that I hadn't really considered. I've never had one get into an air box or exhaust but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

As for the road I'm hyper aware of the conditions early in the season. This time of year can catch you really off guard. Left over sand in some spots, places where the road flooded a bit and left shit all over it, new pot holes, loose black top from them fixing said pot holes etc. It's not a good time to mess around out there. You're okay by the end of may around here but until then it's pretty bad.
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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.

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Just purchased some new parts to put in the ol '02 Kawasaki ZX6r, so yeah, maintenance stuff as recommended by the manual is a good idea. I'd second the oil change thing that ZedExMuse said. I have ordered spark plugs & a new regulator/rectifier, as I've read in places that these are things that sometimes go out in bikes of this make & model & vintage, and they are about $25 each on Ebay or Amazon, so, not a bad price point there. Last time I had some work done on the bike, I had motorcycle shop down the road do the labor for me. Celebrating a raise & promotion at work by getting some stuff done that was being put off.

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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.
I've managed to ride at least twice a month, over the last year, possibly a bit longer..... the bike doesn't sit long enough to get stale, and my skills stay 'good enough' to get by..... always room for improvement. Be that the bike, or me.

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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Check the air filter too. Replace if needed. Brake fluid is #1 for me too, along with tire pressure.
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