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Motorcycle RidersOwning a motorcycle speaks to who you are and to your financial status. You are confident, financially set and you like to have a little fun. Ensuring that you can maintain this mode of transportation requires you to maintain your motorcycle so it stays in good shape for years to come. The following are maintenance techniques that can help you extend the life of your motorcycle and protect you while you ride.

Break in Your Motorcycle Properly

There are many new things that need to be broken in properly in order to achieve maximum comfort and to make them easy to use — such as shoes, gloves and hats. Although your motorcycle is most certainly not an article of clothing, it must be broken in to ensure safe and comfortable riding. The manufacturer determines what methods are appropriate for breaking in your motorcycle, which can include:
  • Avoiding full throttle for 500 miles
  • Using a specific type of oil
  • Driving only after the engine has reached a certain temperature
Your owner's manual is a reliable source for learning the details of breaking in your specific type of motorcycle.

Change Your Oil Regularly

You know that motor oil is the life force of every motor vehicle. Well, the same is true for your motorcycle. Many manufacturers recommend that motorcyclists change their oil every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first (although this may vary). Failing to change your oil as recommended increases the chances of metal components within your engine locking up on the road, which can lead to accidents. Do not risk your life and motorcycle in an attempt to save money. Reduce your risk of accident and keep your motorcycle insurance costs lower by changing your oil as scheduled.

Check Screws, Nuts and Bolts

Safety is your number one priority while driving your motorcycle. One essential component to being safe while riding is ensuring that every part of your motorcycle is locked firmly down to the frame. Loose bolts can lead to mirrors or other parts of your motorcycle flying off while you are driving and cause an accident, which can increase the rate you pay for your insurance. Taking the time to ensure that all nuts, bolts and screws are tight, at least once a month, will prevent the risk of damage over the years.

Your motorcycle is one of your valued possessions. It reinforces your status among your friends and family members. Ensuring that your motorcycle is well maintained extends the life of your motorcycle.

Protect the bike you work so hard to maintain. Call Cloverleaf Insurance at (800) 530-5822 for more information on Missouri motorcycle insurance.
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