Give the bike a thorough visual inspection checking for such thing as rodent nests and the like. Those furry critters love to get into such places as under seats and inside exhaust pipes, any place with an opening.
Check your tires for cracks or bubbles, older tires should be looked at for dry-rot. Adjust tire pressure and check tread wear. Riding on slick and sandy roads are made that much worse when riding on poor tires.
Make sure all electrical connections are intact and unchewed, and make sure the battery is charged.
Check all fluid levels to insure that they are up to recommended levels, this includes transmission fluids and primary fluids also as well as brake fluid. Get fresh gasoline into the tank as soon as possible.
Check all gaskets for leaking, older bikes that are exposed to extreme temperature changes are more apt to have dried out gaskets that will begin to leak at some point.
Check for any loose bolts, nuts or screws and tighten if necessary to the manufacturer’s recommended torque specs. Make sure all cables are lubed and in good working order as well as all safety equipment such as lights and horns.
One of the things that is forgotten the most is to put this years’ registration sticker on your license plate as motorcycle registrations in Massachusetts run from December to December which means you will have a new sticker every time you re-register. I have a habit of leaving my new sticker and registration on the counter for months sometimes. In Massachusetts you must also have any registered motorcycle inspected at a state sanctioned inspection station by no later than May 31. Massachusetts has (and will be) become more stringent in what passes inspection, so be aware that the louder your bikes is or if you are missing such things as reflectors, fenders or mirrors, you will have a difficult time getting a sticker.
If you do hit the road soon, keep an eye out for potholes and frost heaves, this winter has been brutally cold and there are a lot more road hazards out there this year than last. If you need professional service or upgrade work done on your American V-Twin motorcycle, Boyd Cycles offer high quality service as well as upgrades. Remember that this is the time of year our shop start to get busy so I would suggest you book your service work now to avoid the rush. Boyd Cycles can be reached at (978) 587-2570