March 07, 2010 19:00 ET

Swinton Offers Advice for Bikers Bringing Their Motorcycles Out of Winter Storage

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 7, 2010) - As spring approaches and the weather starts to improve, motorcyclist enthusiasts across the UK will be bringing their bikes out of winter storage.

Swinton Bikes, the UK's leading high street retailer of motorcycle insurance, is urging bikers to ensure their bike is safe and roadworthy before hitting the roads.

Swinton Bikes is offering the following tips to ensure bikers get the best out of their bikes post-winter:

  • Uncover the motorcycle and remove the protections over the intake and exhaust manifolds
  • Check the battery, which should be fully charged or close to fully charged
  • Change the brake oil
  • Drain all the fuel lines, the fuel tank and the carburettor. Old fuel can cause fuel lines and carburettor to clog from gum.
  • Lube the cylinders by removing the spark plugs and pouring two tablespoons of fresh oil into the spark plug ports
  • Check tyre pressure, horn and lights
  • Ensure chain is correctly adjusted and lubed
  • Be careful on the first few rides as bikers riding skills may be a bit rusty if the bike has been in storage for quite a while.

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes said, "When the nice weather appears the urge is to just jump on your bike and go, but in reality bikers need to follow the appropriate steps to get the most out of their motorcycle. Ensuring your bike is in tip-top condition means you're less likely to need to make small claims on your bike insurance."

About Swinton

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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