Simple Steps For Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For The Spring

Assuming you already retired your Salt Lake City scooter to rest for the winter, and the snow is almost done melting, then it is time to get your hog back on the road! It is time to get your scooter prepared for the spring, summer and fall. For a few of you, that means pushing those last icy days all the way to December.

The steps down below work for anyone who has retired their scooter for any period (if you want help winterizing your scooter checkout my other article). Only some of the steps below are obligatory every time your store your scooter. Consider it more as a recommended list.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 1: Spark Plug

If your spark plug looks almost new, then you can already check this one off the list. But if it’s showing any kind of wear, or it has been a tiny while since you have changed it last, then you might as well switch it with another one – they are very cheap.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 2: Fuel System

Check all of the fuel lines and fittings for cracks and replace the fuel filter. Confirm there is no rust or garbage in the tank, lines or fuel filter. Switch out the fuel filter with a newer one. If you see any gas dripping from the carburetor, definitely remove and clean the scooter carburetor.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 3: Air Filter

If the dust is stuck to the filter, or it has been awhile since the last change, replace your air filter.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 4: Battery

Check the fuse on the line that is coming off your battery – make sure it is intact. If you utilized a trickle charger to keep your battery fresh, then your battery will be safe and sound no matter what. Charge your battery (check the instructions on your battery for amps and the quantity of time to charge). Wire brush battery terminals and the cable connections if any corrosion garbage is there.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 5: The Electrical System

Ensure all lights, horn, indicators and switches work correctly. If you have a difficulty with one of them, check the line with an amp meter and find out where the connection was lost and identify the questionable cable. If you're feeling manly, fix it. Or you can take it to a solid scooter repair shop.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 6: Tires and Wheels

The tires are an important step for your safety. Fill tires to correct air pressure (check the side of the tire for the necessary air pressureamount). Check the tread on the tire and make sure it’s not worn down or showing too much wear on the tread. Check for cracks or slices. Check valve stem for cracks or leaks and ensure it has got a cap. Tighten the bolt that holds the tire on (if the bolt feels loose, get some screw tape to make sure it doesn’t come loose). Stand the wheel up and spin the tire to make certain the rim is not damaged, and the tire doesn’t have any bulges. If you happen to have a difficulty with a tire or one blows out, you can pretty much count on having an accident. It’s hard to ride a scooter with one tire. Seriously though, be extra safe here.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 7: Transmission and Oil

Check the fluid levels, and if it has been some time, replace the oil and fluid. Your owner’s documentation will explain what type to use.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 8: Chain

Clean, lube, and adjust any slack in your chain. Check sprockets for wear.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 9: Brakes

Adjust brakes to be tight. Check brake pads to work out if there’s adequate amount of brake pad still left. It’s difficult to stop your scooter if you don’t have brakes.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 10: Nuts and Bolts

Go over the entire scooter and tighten any loose nuts and bolts, particularly around engine mounts, handle bars, exhaust, and the front and back suspension points.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 11: Appearance

Make sure your scooter looks and runs great. Keep it shiny and new. Take pride in your scooter. No matter how old or new, she definitely deserves to look her finest.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 12: Scooter Laws and Legal

Are you up to date with your registration and Insurance? Do you need a motorcycle license for your sort of scooter? Double check your local scooter laws.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 13: Be Ready For Road Repairs

Definitely ride with the tools and parts needed to fix typical issues – like spark plug, fuel filter, fuses, and whatever else that you think you could need. Wrenches and screwdrivers generally do the trick, but at times you will need hex wrenches. And most scooters will have a handy spot to store the tools in the storage compartment. Also, it’s a great idea to have an emergency blanket and a little food and water in case something happens and you cannot fix the issue. You may laugh at this one, but a couple of times I have been stuck, and boy was I glad to have it.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 14: Warm Up

This is the first time the scooter has run in a while, so don’t jump off the starting line at maximum speed. Warm it up. Keep it slow and get used to it again. Also, if you have been living in areas where it snows, the snowplows build up a lot of gravel in certain spots. Watch out for these gravel places (it’s very perilous to stop or turn on gravel). And finally, keep your eyes peeled for new pot-holes and damage on the road.

Preparing Your Salt Lake City Scooter For Spring Step 15: Be Safe and Have Fun!

This final step had to make it into the official steps, because this is the most important one when all is working correctly on your scooter. Remember to wear appropriate scooter riding clothing, and remember to have fun! Scooters are the best! Click to check out more scooter Salt Lake City tips. Well that’s a wrap. If you have covered all of the steps above, you’re now prepared to get on the road and ride that beast. Tell me if you have any other questions or you can click now to see what people are doing with their moped scooters.

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