While modern motorcycles are much more reliable than they used to be, you can still be inconvenienced by a breakdown.
And when you have a motorcycle breakdown, it is not always easy to get back on the road.
In a car, you can carry emergency gear that can get you going again.
However, not all motorcycles have the luggage capacity to carry emergency gear.
Here are six steps you can take to ensure you are not left stranded by the side of the road.
Join a 24-hour roadside assistance program. Your motorcycle manufacturer may have a service, or your state’s auto club, or try the National Motorcycle Alliance (NMA) not-for-profit roadside assistance service.
If your bike won’t start, check that you haven’t forgotten something simple like the kill switch, fuel tap (or petcock valve) or that the kickstand is still down. Some modern bikes have an immobiliser key fob and if its battery is flat it can prevent the bike from starting. Carry a spare key fob battery.
If it still won’t start, check the spark plugs if they are easily accessible. A dirty spark plug can easily be cleaned if you have a small piece of sandpaper packed under your seat. You’ll also need to pack a spark plug spanner.
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