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Old 08-30-2010, 05:45 AM   #1
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Default Things to do after every ride.

So, I am new to riding and have yet to purchase a manual. I plan to sometime after I've sotted out my college life. Anyway, I know I should check my bike before every ride (which I try and do) but are there certain maintenance things I should do after I ride?
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:18 AM   #2
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Post-ride?

Well, there isn't much. Give the bike a quick visual inspection.

Remove any foreign objects from the front and leading edges of the bike. Around here, that is usually bugs. You may find small rodents, slow-moving old folks, etc.

Give the bike a quick wipe-down, if you got rained on, or if it was a 'messy' ride.

If your bike has a chain, depending on the distance, you may want to dose it with chain lubricant.

Truth be told, I usually back my trusty steed into the garage, throw the cover over it, and hook up the battery tender.

'Of course, I'm lucky to be able to ride most days of the week.
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:22 AM   #3
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No. Unless you have an old Britbike. But then you'd be stopping every couple of hours to tighten everything up anyhow.
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:48 PM   #4
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I try to clean my bike after riding as to not have to get held up before my next outing, but mine is a pain in the @$$ to keep clean. Bug guts & road grime come off easier when fresh.
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Only a poser and a fool point and laugh at a dirty, bug-splattered motorcycle. Especially if it has out-of-state tags.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:35 PM   #6
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We have a delightful critter, Plecia nearctica - called a 'Love Bug.' They show up twice a year, usually when the weather changes.

The name comes from their behavior. You see, the (larger) female and the male fly around whilst 'coupled,' in a "Push Me-Pull You" configuration.

They are drawn to their favorite place to be (rotting vegetation) by the smell of methane, or some other organic vapor. Coincidentally, automotive exhaust has a good bit of whatever floats their boat, so they tend to congregate in the roadway.

They can be encountered in onesies (okay, 'twosies') or by the thousands.

And here is where this is pertinent to this thread. The contents of their stomachs can wreak havoc on a paint job. So, you gotta wash most of the buggers (to use a phrase) off ASAP.

And they get everywhere. I had to clean them off the 'leading' edge of my spokes.

It's easy to spot cagers from out of state. They'll be sailing down the road, and get into a swarm. Then, they hit the wipers and smear the juice all over the windshield, rendering themselves blind.

'Locals' learn to look between the carcasses, and clean the windshield at the next gas stop. Lemme tell you, the wash bucket at the gas station is FOUL!

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We have a delightful critter, Plecia nearctica - called a 'Love Bug.'

'Locals' learn to look between the carcasses, and clean the windshield at the next gas stop. Lemme tell you, the wash bucket at the gas station is FOUL!
You definitely don't wanna use it to clean your visor, I've hit piles of fresh dog-squeeze with a weedwhacker that gots NOTHIN' on the contents of that bucket........
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Oh the love bugs,......let me tell ya about the love bugs in Florida.
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