For bikers in Minnesota, the motorcycle season feels pretty short, especially after a long brutal winter and a wet spring like this one! Here are a few ways to plan ahead to get the most out of your motorcycle season before it’s done.
Plan Ahead – Motorcycle Insurance, Inspection, & Safety
Take the time to get to make sure your motorcycle is ready to ride. This includes checking over the condition of your motorcycle, making sure you are comfortable with your riding skills and motorcycle knowledge and have the needed riding gear for comfort and safety. Are you looking to invest in a new or “new to you” motorcycle this season? Here are some tips for buying a used motorcycle. Whether you need to tune-up at your local motorcycle service shop, get a motorcycle insurance quote, or plan your weekends to ride, pull out your calendar and start scheduling ahead so you are ready to go with peak motorcycle riding season comes.
Saving Money & Protecting Assets with Motorcycle Insurance
It’s important to have good bike insurance to protect yourself, your passengers, and your investment. You can save money by combining your bike insurance with another policy, such as home, auto, or another bike. Having a clean driving record not only saves you money on your auto insurance but your bike insurance, too. Some other nice features MG Insurance offers for a bike rider are; disappearing deductibles, “lay-up” reduced off-season (lower premium when not operating), accessory coverage, companion policy discounts, accident forgiveness, apparel coverage, carried contents coverage, roadside, and trailer coverage. Bikers have unique needs and MG Insurance is here to meet them.
Pre-Ride Safety Inspection
Your bike may be in a different condition than when you put it away in the winter, so it will need a good inspection and possibly extra servicing in the spring. T-CLOCS is a familiar pre-ride checklist for riders and is easy to remember for spring and throughout the year.
- L- Lights and Electronics
- O-Oil and fluids
- C – Chassis
Brush Up on your Motorcycle Safety
Any seasoned motorcycle rider has been in a situation where they have had to ride a motorcycle in the rain, or even worse, a downpour. Riding a motorcycle in the rain is not ideal, but here are some tips so you can ride safely and be prepared. Even riders with years of experience need a refresher from time to time, so it’s a good idea to take a rider education course every couple of years. Important biking skills include swerving, braking, cornering, and avoiding obstacles and hazards. Biker hand signals are also important to know, even if you are not a biker. Check out the video below for some key biker hand signals.
Find the Best Motorcycle Roads in Minnesota
With just a few short months to ride, make the most out of the season by finding a new scenic road. In and near the Willmar Lakes Area, the Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway is a great motorcycle route. The Central Minnesota Scenic Byway also offers beautiful bike routes in west central Minnesota. For more great motorcycle roads, check out this MN Motorcycle Biking Roads Resource or stop by the Willmar Area Chamber of Commerce office for a free Minnesota Motorcycle Map. You don’t have to go out of state or way up north for the best rides. There are even some noteworthy motorcycle rides in Southeast Minnesota in the Rochester area.
Contact MG Insurance for a quote on Motorcycle Insurance Today!
Be ready to ride safe and enjoy riding your motorcycle in Minnesota! If you are riding in the Willmar Lakes Area, we would love to have you swing by our office in downtown Willmar! As an independent agent, we offer multiple carriers to get you the very best rate on a motorcycle, ATV’s or 4-wheelers. Call us directly at 320-235-9394, stop in our downtown Willmar office, or fill out the form below to take the next step toward a riding season.