February 13, 2011 19:01 ET

Now Is the Time to Take Your Bike Out of Storage, Says Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2011) - As the weather begins to pick up, Swinton Bike Insurance is offering motorcyclists some valuable tips on taking their bikes out of winter storage.

Swinton Bikes, one of the UK's leading high street retailers of motorbike insurance is warning motorbike enthusiasts that their bikes are in tip condition, before taking them out for their first ride out.

Swinton Bikes is offering the following tips to ensure motorcyclist get the best out of their backs after winter storage.

  • Make sure the fuel is in ok condition, open the cap and check for gunk or stratification. If the fuel doesn't look good then drain the tank fuel line, carburetor before running the engine.

  • Check the engine oil; if it wasn't changed before putting the bike into storage maybe consider changing the oil and filter now.

  • Check the battery for signs of corrosion and ensure it is fully charged before riding out.

  • Check for leaks. If your brake fluid needs topping up it must come from a sealed supply that is the same brand as the fluid already in your bike.

  • Inspect your suspension and tyres for any unusual marks, cracks or flat spots.

  • Enjoy your first ride out of the season

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes said, "The temptation to just jump on your bike once the weather is fair is quite high, but bikers need to follow some simple steps to ensure they are safe on the road. Also by ensuring you bike is in great condition can mean making less claims on your motorcycle insurance."

About Swinton

  • With 603 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

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