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sja31

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sja31 says:

Riding after an accident

About to ride again after a year lay off due to accident. What should I do to the bike to ensure it is ready re brakes, clutch etc.

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

lay off

Good for you, but what bike, what fuel is in it and what storage conditions also any preparations for storage?

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sja31

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sja31 says:

Accident

Yamah yzf r125. Washed, cleaned. Battery re charged and fires. Dealer says I should just get back on. But what about the brakes and the clutch?

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

lay off

Warm the bike up to temp with the clutch lever held back, the bike may jolt forwards when selecting first gear but should free of in time.

Free wheel the bike and try the brakes, if they work and still free wheel then go for a short spin and try, after a while stop with one brake and feel the other for getting hot and visa-versa. When is the m.o.t. due?   

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sja31

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sja31 says:

lay off

MOT due in August. Thinking of running it and letting a garage have a look over it i.e. oil change? Worried about clutch binding and brakes being sharp.

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steveb

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steveb says:

Just ride it

but take it easy and give yourself plenty of braking room. You'll be rustier than the bike after a year off. Just remember to relax and look up.

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outlookexcess

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I don't think

One year is going to have any detrimental effects on the mechanicals.

I recently heard of a bike being started and run with no issues having been sitting idle for nearly 30 years.

I might however be inclined to drain the fuel tank.

Unleaded petrol is nasty stuff if left for prolonged periods.

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norris

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norris says:

Just

As important, is your own preparation. You 'will' be rusty, so need to take time to get those skills honed. Surprising how rusty you become, even after a short spell away from bikes.

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

make sure tyres

haven't got a flat spot , just a thought 

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