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How to Prep Your Electric Motorcycle for Spring Riding

The weather's getting warmer, birds are chirping, and branches are sprouting a healthy layer of foliage; it's time to get your electric motorcycle out from the garage or whatever winter storage you had her locked up in, and get her prepped up and ready to ride.

Hopefully, you've had a chance to winterize her a few months ago before locking her up, which means a few key tasks that need to be checked off:

  • The lithium ion battery was charged or discharged to an optimum storage capacity of 40 - 50%
  • The battery was monitored and topped up if the charge got below 20% and was slow charged to 40 - 50% consistently
  • The exterior of the electric motorcycle was thoroughly cleaned and wiped down
  • The rims were cleaned with tar remover
  • The frame and moving parts (suspension, axles, etc) were covered with a healthy dose of lubricant or grease to prevent rusting or seizing
  • The body panels were waxed to prevent any grime from building up and keep dirt and dust off

Winterizing the bike is actually the harder part; if you've done all of the above before putting your bike into storage, then getting it prepped for spring riding should be a snap.

Just follow these quick, simple steps, and your electric motorcycle will be street ready before you know it.

  1. Check your battery; make sure the battery hasn't sat for a prolonged amount of time dead flat or fully charged
  2. Charge up your battery to full; make sure that the charger is working fine and that it charges properly. Do not leave the bike charging unattended, make sure that at maximum voltage the charger stops and that you are monitoring pack voltage each step of the way.
  1. Check your tires and tire pressure; make sure there are no punctures, the tread pattern is nice and even, and that the tires have ample traction. Then check tire pressure and inflate them to manufactured recommended pressure. 
  1. Check your brakes and brake fluid; make sure brakes work to full stopping power and has full lever travel, and do a visual check on the brake master cylinders to ensure you have clean and ample brake fluid. 
  2. Check over all hardware and moving parts; throttle cable, axles, nuts, bolts, screws, etc. Make sure nothing is loose with axles, nuts and bolts, and make sure the throttle cable moves freely and smoothly. 
  3. Next, check over all your lighting; headlights, turn signals, and brake lights are critical for safe street riding. 
  4. Finally, check over your safety equipment; helmets, jackets, gloves and riding pants. Everything should be in good working order, no cracks, cuts, damaged section, etc. 

Realistically, these basic checks should happen each and every time you get on the bike, so running a specific "Spring Readiness" check helps us all get into a good habit of checking all the above components quickly and efficiently each time you ride.

Ride safe, stay fully charged and see you on the streets!

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