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What should I check/confirm before listing my bike?

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Before listing your bike, please check and confirm the following, to protect you and our renters:

1.) Tires:

  • Are your tires 5 years old or older? Rubber degrades over time, and tires are no exception, even if they've never been ridden. You can check their birthday by looking for the date code on the sidewall, usually this is the last four digits of the DOT code.
  • How much tread is left on your tires? You can check by finding the wear indicators. Also, an easy way to check is the penny method: Simply insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it's time to replace your tires.

2.) Battery:

  • Is your battery 5 years old or older? Typical battery lifespan is 4-6 years, less if not kept properly charged. One of our most common cancellation causes is dead batteries. Check to make sure your bike starts without being on a trickle charger for a few days; on it's own. Consider having it replaced if it's older anyhow: no one likes to be stranded with a dead battery.

3.) Brake Fluid:

  • When was the last time you changed your brake fluid? Like rubber and batteries, brake fluid degrades over time. Most manufacturers recommend replacing brake fluid every two years. Old brake fluid causes reduced braking performance: dangerous on the road.

4.) Professional Check-up:

  • When was the last time a professional inspected the motorcycle? Like an annual doctor's appointment, bringing the bike to a dealer or an independent mechanic on a yearly basis is a good idea: they might see something that you've glossed over.