I know I'm old and crusty, but sometimes I have something good to spew! A few reminders for the new, the old, the silly! If you know them, pass this by. Postitive additions are always welcome.
1) tire pressures. CHECK THEM! Use a good gauge, not the one with Mickey Mouse in plastic. Check yours with a known good expensive one for calibration, it makes Mickey happy!!!. The pressures printed in your manual, under the seat, or on the swingarm are the starting point. When in doubt, stick with stock, unless the tire manufacturer says otherwise.
2)the ground (read; pavement) is still very cold, even if the air is warm. It's months before the asphalt gets warm enough for good traction. And, as it hasn't rained that much, there is a ton of debri just off the edge, so don't wander there.
3)your tires are now one year older, so maybe give them a second look, and think about how much money is really left in them, and how much dropping you bike costs. Averages say $600 a set, less than 10k a set, therefore just more than $60 for 1000km. The last $60 can be expensive. Get someone to check them out.
4)related to #3, wet weather requires deep tread depth. Penny pinchers should stay home when it's wet!
5)cars and car drivers require retraining in the spring! It takes a bit of time for them to remember to look for you. If you play the 'they should see me, judge my speed, realise I'm coming up the inside, turn down their stereo, really look before they change lanes, actually give a sh*t about other road users' game, well good luck. That kind of perception is a lot to ask of a 60 year old person who has never ridden a motorcycle. Being right doesn't make the bones heal any faster!
6)shaded visor guys, remember that the shadows are still long, stay later and happen earlier this time of year, especially in the mountains. At least give the 'shades inside the helmet with a clear visor' a try once. You can reach up and drop them down for the dark corners. I find it easier than riding with the dark visor up because you went from blinding sun to dark patch in 1 second (i.e.in the mountains and valleys). The high defintiton visors might also be something to consider. Anyway, after another winter of getting knocked around the closet, take a really good look at the one you have. It's amazing how the scratches can add up. Visors might not be cheap, but they're a hell of a lot cheaper than a spill.
7)your own skills might be a little rusty as well. Oh no, not you, but that other guy you ride with!!! ;-)
8)I help the stupid car drivers see me, and know what I'm doing. Or I avoid them, or take myself away from their 'zone of sleep' as quick as I can. The more you rely on you, the less you curse them.
Who's at fault doen't mean diddly when your sliding down the road.
9)My horn doesn't work! I will fix it, just because I should, but I really never use it. If the car or truck driver is that stund/ignorant/criminal/asleep/whatever, I refuse to believe that they will wake up in time to save my life! You are on your own for the most part.