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The Importance of Annual Motorcycle Checkups and Maintenance

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The Importance of Annual Motorcycle Checkups and Maintenance

We took our bikes in to get their checkups at the beginning of the year. Some of my family rode more than others last year, some didn't even need an oil change yet and grumbled about getting it done. After some convincing and my son having a little wobble in his front end, we got it in for a checkup. Luckily we did! Jonathan at Shaw Cycles (https://www.facebook.com/shawscycle) found this nail in the back tire (pictured) that we hadn't even noticed! The wobble was caused by the bearings in the front. Johnathan hooked us up and got it out the door super fast. It's worth the peace of mind knowing my son will be safe.


Charlotte and I still have warranties with Harley so we took them to Shane at Utica Harley Davidson (https://hdutica.com/). Even my bike had some damage I didn't notice, My rim was bent! (pictured).  Charlotte's Road King had a recall from Harley. All this might have been missed if we hadn't taken them in. Just Get your bike checked!!! 

As the sun starts to shine and the open road beckons, there's nothing quite like the thrill of hitting the highway on your motorcycle. Whether you're a weekend warrior or a daily commuter, your bike is more than just a mode of transport—it's a trusted companion. An annual checkup and maintenance are essential to keep your motorcycle running smoothly and safely. Here’s why.

Safety First

Motorcycle safety should always be a top priority. Unlike cars, motorcycles don’t have the luxury of a protective shell around the rider. Therefore, ensuring that every component of your bike is in top working condition is crucial. An annual checkup can identify potential issues such as worn brake pads, tire wear, or faulty lights that could lead to dangerous situations on the road.

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Spring is here! Get Road Ready with These Tips!


Traditionally, spring is the time we all commit to cleaning up our homes, garages and work spaces from the long winter months. Spring also means the roads are clearing up, so it's time to ride! After a long winter nap, your bike can use some springtime attention, too.

Below are some spring cleaning tips to help you get your ride ready to hit the open road!