If you’re the type of person who hops in an RV and hits the road as soon as the summer season starts, you’re probably chomping at the bit to get out there! Spring has been teasing us with snippets of favorable weather and it’s enough to make anyone anxious for their first road trip of the season!
Before you get overanxious, however, it’s important to make sure you’ve prepped and made ready all of your critical travel accommodations. If you’re someone who brings their motorcycle with them when they travel, this means making sure your motorcycle lift in Eugene, OR is in a fully functional, safe condition.
The first thing you can and should do when it comes to ensuring your lift is ready for operation in the season ahead is to give it a top-to-bottom inspection, to ensure it’s structurally sound and stable. Some things to look out for include:
- Rusting in areas could indicate compromises waiting to happen. If the rust is minimal and just starting, be sure to treat it with any number of rust-elimination and protection products out there. If the rusting is widespread, consult with a professional about the severity and what your next steps are.
- Unnecessary movement is another common concern that may be suspect on your motorcycle lift in Eugene, OR. There’s going to be a degree of movement while it’s in operation, but if you can shake and rattle your lift without much effort, it needs to be further secured to your RV.
During your inspection, be sure to test the operation of the lift a couple of times: first, without your motorcycle on it and second, with the motorcycle aboard. Note any noises or visible issues and report them to a hitch and tow professional.
If your lift passes inspection, it’s time to get it roadworthy! This process is simple and encompasses a few things that can be accomplished in the span of an afternoon:
- Clean the entire lift using a non-abrasive cleaner and degreaser. Not only will this resolve the debris buildup that the open road may have caused you last season, it’ll keep premature wear and tear to a minimum.
- Lubrication is the key to smooth operation. Using the owners manual of your motorcycle lift, be sure to lube all parts and pieces accordingly, using a hydraulic lubricant is going to be essential.
- Again, treat any rust that might be visible or, if you’re worried about rusting on an older lift, apply a rust-preventive coating.
Get out there!
The last thing to do in preparing your motorcycle lift for the open road is to load up your bike and take a trip around the block a few times. This will give you a decent indication of if there are any issues that are occurring when the bike is fully loaded. If not, you’re good to hit the open road!
Get out there any explore the nation and don’t worry about your bike—your diligence in maintaining your motorcycle lift will equate to peace of mind on the road.