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Winter is coming.

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' started by typhoon, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Time to check your bike over if you're not going to ride much, and also if you're a regular rider!
    The battery is probably the first big thing to have a look at, been cranking teh bike slowly lately? More than a few years old? Cold mornings put enormous loads on these small batteries when starting, so have teh battery checked by a battery specialist if you have any doubts.
    Wiring is also another area that often goes untouched for many years. Check all your high current leads to the battery, chassis earth, solenoid etc. Clean off any corrosion and give the connections a light coat of grease after they're reassembled.
    Check the output of your alternator, should have a solid 13.5 volts plus at over 3000 rpm, anything over 14.5v is also a concern. If it's out either way, have the reg/rec checked.
    Short days mean a lot more use of the lights, which loads up the charging system a fair bit, especially in traffic, with the fan kicking in.
    Have a good look at your oil seals on the front and rear wheels, wipe away any grit. Check for any excessive seepage or damage near or on the seal itself. Water finds it's way into these seals if it's raining a lot, seals are the only protection.
    Check your tyres. Minimum legal tread depth is 1.5mm or so, but this is marginal for heavy rain, and too shallow for riding through heavy standing water on roads. Tyres WILL save your life one day, don't put it off.
    Have a look at your footpegs, handlebar grips and levers. Are the grips and rubbers in good condition? rain and water make these parts that connect you to the bike much more slippery, you don't want to be riding home in traffic with your feet sliding all over the pegs, or a less than solid place to put your hands.
    If an oil change is due soon, use the lower weight oils specified by the manufacturer. Thiner oils flow well at lower temperatures, and oil won't get much of a workout in the cold of winter.

    Regards, Andrew.
  2. all great advice... my spada would be hard to start in the morning for courier work, si i used to wrap up the motor with a blanket when i got home to keep the heat in... any other winter tips, go ask a city courier... they know.