It’s that time of year again. The beginning of flowers blossoming, and motorcycles coming out of garages. I recently went to the mechanic to get my headlight inspected, and I figured while I was there I’d get an oil change as well. Imagine my surprise when I learned that I needed to replace my back brakes and my rear tire.
It’s amazing how fast a simple visit to the mechanic can go from a mildly priced billed, to a far more expensive bill. Apparently, I’d snagged a nail in my rear tire and needed to replace it immediately. Nails in tires seemed to be a running theme for my visit. Another patron was there as well getting the same issue handled, but he’s managed to snag two nails.
On the one hand, I’m happy I was able to avoid a much bigger problem. I know for lots of riders there have been a number of incidents which could have been avoided if they’d just taken their bike in beforehand. The last thing anyone wants is to blow a tire on the freeway. The consequences are just too great, and can even cost you your life.
Luckily for me, my mechanic is always going the extra mile to make sure my bike is in tip top shape. With spring here now, I’ll probably be taking a lot more rides. The last thing I want is to find myself stranded somewhere, or worse, hurt because of an oversight.
After I got over the price of the repairs to my motorcycle, I stopped being so unsettled about the unexpected expense. Normally, I would have slowly gone in over a few weeks and gotten the adjustments made anyway. I acquired this habit after I’d made multiple maintenance errors with my first motorcycle.
The worse offense I made with my ninja 250 was when the engine blew up on me. It could have all been avoided if I had been more diligent with getting regular servicing, and taking care of a persistent oil leak I’d known about for months. However, I felt self conscious being a new rider, and rarely asked for help because I was afraid of judgement. A ridiculous idea considering most people want you to be safe at all times, especially within the riding community.
So, this spring I’d like to encourage all riders to get their motorcycles checked out, and hit the road without the additional worry.
Stay safe in these streets!