10. Coolant Change


If you did a thorough job of winterizing your motorcycle, you know that its coolant is in good condition and will protect your bike’s engine during the seasonal deep-freeze. If you didn’t or the coolant color wasn’t that lovely Mountain Dew green, why not take the time to freshen up your bike’s coolant? You can milk this chore for as many hours as you feel you need to be intimate with your machine. (Cleaning the engine and the inside of the bodywork you have to remove to access the cooling system is a good way to draw out the fun.) All you need are basic mechanic’s tools, some fresh antifreeze, distilled water (if you’re not using premixed coolant), a catch basin, and a sealed container to transport the used antifreeze to your local hazardous waste recycling center. Music and your favorite beverage are optional. Don’t forget to idle your engine with the radiator fill cap off to make sure that all of the bubbles exit the cooling system before you seal it closed. (You’ll want to open your garage door to do this part, though.) Filling the overflow tank halfway is a good idea, too. Now, your cooling system is set for another year.