Unless you’re an all season ATV rider willing to embrace all kinds of adverse weather conditions, spring will usually be the time when you think about getting back on your ATM after a cold, hard and boring winter.
There are few things you need to consider before you open the garage and fire the old girl up. If you’re a competent ATV owner, you should have been turning the engine over periodically over the cold months to stop the battery dying and basically just blowing the cobwebs away; if you haven’t, all is not lost.
When anything has been in storage for a while it tends to degrade, not degrade into dust, but take on an abandoned look. Flat batteries, flat tyres and a covering of dust and grime are just 3 of the things that many ATV owners encounter when they try to take their machine out of hibernation. Although most storage-related issues are easily rectified at home, more serious issues may need specialised mechanical attention.
You may need a spare part or other component, and there are Yamaha quad parts UK dealer QuadBikes R Us offers that can be ordered and delivered quickly. Although cheap generic parts may be available and at a cheap price, it should be noted that you usually get what you pay for.
What You Need To Do Before You Go Full Speed Ahead On Your ATV
The list below is by no means exhaustive but includes certain things that need to be done before you begin your spring ATV season.
- Full Service – If your ATV has been unused for a longer period of time, it may be prudent to take it to an authorised dealer for a service. They will be able to ensure that your machine is in tip-top condition before you start riding. It may be a good idea to book the service a week or two before you actually intend to go out, this will guarantee that your quad is ready before the decent weather actually arrives.
- Safety Gear – Like your quad, your safety gear can also go downhill if left in storage for a period of time. Check your helmet, gloves and everything else to make sure they are still fit for purpose, if not replace them immediately.
- Skill Refresher – If you are relatively new to ATV riding, you may need to practice a bit before you hit your local course. Refreshing your skills with the essential basics goes some way in enhancing your safety before you hit the track. Have a few slow runs first before you hit full throttle.
- Keeping A Stock Of Spare Parts – Buying a few extra spare parts is also wise if you want to really get out and enjoy the spring air without interruption. Items like tyres, cables and levers are always good to have on hand.
If you are confident that your ATV and your skills are up to standard for the new ATV season, get out there now and take advantage of the great outdoors.