Your motorcycle has been away for most of the winter. Now, the weather is finally starting to clear up, and you’re eager to get out on the roads again.
Before you set off, it is worth considering if your bike is as safe as it can be. Did you go in for a service before winter, or are you doing one now? Have you looked out all of your safety gear and made sure it all still fits?
Every component of your bike is important, but the brakes are a top priority. If you spot a hazard or run into trouble, then you are going to rely on them to bring you a stop. How can you tell if your brakes might be in need of some attention?
The sounds they make
When you apply pressure to the brake lever, you notice a metallic screeching sound. This could be because your bike has been sitting for a while, and it might wear off after a few miles. However, if the noise continues for an extended period, there could be something wrong with the brakes. Your brake pads might not be working as they should, which means they need to be replaced.
The feel of the brakes
Your brakes should be able to bring you to a smooth and safe stop, even in an emergency situation. If you’re pressing the lever and getting little to no response, this is a serious issue. Your brake fluid might be in need of a top-up, or there could be a more systemic issue.
If you feel like something is up with your brakes, then you should pull over as soon as possible, in a safe manner. It’s never worth the risk of riding when you are worried. Sadly, even when you take every precaution, other drivers can still put you at risk. If you have been injured in a road traffic collision, it’s worth considering the different legal options at your disposal.