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Get your motorcycle ready for spring before riding

Now that spring is finally here in Louisville, many motorcycle enthusiasts in the area will be out on the roads in force for the first rides of the season. That means that drivers have to be especially vigilant to avoid getting into a collision with motorcyclists.

Spring can be a particularly dangerous time for riding these two-wheeled cycles simply because motorists haven't seen as many bikers on the highways during the cold winter months. When it comes to riding a motorcycle, the principle "out of sight, out of mind" definitely applies. What you need to do is flip the script and become extremely visible for your first few rides around the state this spring.

That means to dress for high visibility. Those leather outfits may protect you from road hazards and keep you warm, but they do little to enhance your visibility on the highway. Instead, wear brightly colored riding gear along with a helmet that lets drivers see you up ahead or approaching at an intersection.

You also should tune-up your bike before climbing aboard. Air up the tires and make sure that there are no signs of dry rot. Check the battery with a meter to make sure that it has a strong charge and won't leave you stranded on the side of the road in a spring downpour.

Also, you will want to replace any belts or cable that are showing signs of wear and put new bulbs in dimming headlights.

Make your first ride this spring be a relatively short one to reacquaint yourself with your riding skills and reflexes. You want to make sure that your muscle memory reactions are sharp and consistent before setting out for a day-long ride.

Pay attention to the havoc done to the roads by the winter. New and deeper potholes can emerge, and there may be crumbling road materials and other debris in bikers' paths.

If you wind up injured in a motorcycle collision, you may need to file a claim for damages in order to recover any compensation for your injuries and losses.

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