Spring has definitely arrived in Kentucky. Summer will be here before you know it. Is your motorcycle ready for the road trip? If you haven’t had time to get your bike out of the garage, remember that there are a few things you should consider.
Many of the motorcycle training programs mention the acronym T-CLOCS. It was created by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. In a minute, I’ll suggest you add a letter to that abbreviation.
T-CLOCS is a simple system to help you prep your motorcycle, especially if it’s been in storage for the winter. It’s important to get your motorcycle ready from a mechanical standpoint.
The last thing I’d really like to stress, is adding an “I” to T-CLOCS. It stands for Insurance. A lot can change in a short amount of time. Is your policy up to date? One part of your policy to pay close attention to is your Uninsured Motorist and Under Insured Motorist coverage (UM/UIM). I’ve written extensively about insurance coverage for motorcyclists. This is an important part of getting your motorcycle ready.
Earlier this month, there was a motorcycle fatality in Louisville. A car turned left, in front of an oncoming motorcycle. If the motorcyclist’s policy had adequate levels of UM/UIM coverage, the family may have adequate insurance to cover medical bills and damages, regardless of the amount of coverage carried by the errant driver.
Finally, a last piece of advice. Whether you’ve ridden for years, or just bought your new bike, remember to take it easy on our Kentucky roads. This is especially important as you’re getting back into the rhythm. Your reaction speed is going to be a little sluggish. Take time to let your body reacclimate to the road.
At the same time, consider the fact that the car and truck drivers also need a little time to get used to sharing the road, again.
Have a great time and enjoy the many trips ahead of you this year. Just be sure to get your motorcycle ready before you hit the road. It’ll make a major difference.