Every year enthusiasts start drawing their bikes out from hibernation. Why? Because there is only a small group of riders who do their business all year long. After all, these machines need a whole new setup to do Winter shredding. Thus, why most put the bike to bed.

There are only three seasons within the Powersports world: Winter, ride, and late fall. Ride season is when everyone shreds, sends, and rips through no man’s land. However, many tuck their cars away to sleep off the buggy abuse once late fall rolls around.

Once temperatures start rising, it’s time to wake up the side-by-side and do what you do best. But before you do, you’ll want to make sure everything is ready to rock. Otherwise, the much anticipated adrenaline-charged adventure will be over before it starts. We can’t be having that, right? Heck to the no! Instead, Side By Side Stuff has compiled a list of must-dos to get your UTV ready for riding.



Check Off List

Now Walk It Out: The first thing you’re going to do after ripping the wrapper or UTV cover off the off-road vehicle is walk around and give her a once over. This will indicate any obvious blunders like cracked plastics, a janky suspension part, or worse. Once you’ve established the buggy is looking as fly as ever, it’s time to get your hands dirty.

Keeping It Cool: A sxs radiator is critical during ride season because it gets as hot as you know what in the summer months. So, making sure the coolant is good to go is vital. In addition, check all the nooks and crannies to ensure no limbs or debris are hanging out where they shouldn’t be.

Checkin Treads: UTV tires will make or break a ride experience, real quick. These aftermarket accessories are easy to inspect and only take a few minutes. Simply get up close and personal, glide your hand around to check for punctures, then eyeball the treads for premature wear. Trust us, the last thing you want while out on your first ride is a “summer” blowout.

Crude Canvass: Old fuel is the worst of the worst when it comes to the engine. Unfortunately, a sitting bike is a magnet for expired gas, whether a Can-Am, Polaris, Honda, or Yamaha. This comes with tons of no-nos. Checking there is no residue in the patrol is crucial to your cause. The same goes for oil. These vehicles need servicing often, especially when sitting on the bench during the cold seasons. Does anyone know what happens when you’re running bad oil through your engine? Changing the oil is much less of a hassle than replacing a motor. We’re just saying.

Stop ‘Hold Up: UTV brakes are nothing to mess with. The brake pads need to be at minimum 1/8-inches thick or else. Gang, safety is a virtue, and there is nothing more terrifying than knowing your limits and not being able to stop. Not to mention the hella bad damage metal-on-metal causes to the calipers. Let’s not and say we did, right! Maintain so you can move on.



Get What You Need

After you’re all done with your Ready for Riding Checklist, you know what needs to be done to offer you the ride of your life during the year’s best season. Maybe it’s all good, but you need sxs tires. On the other hand, a full RZR oil change kit. Then again, it could be that the Can-Am brake pads are worn for wear, and it’s time for a swap. In any of these cases, Side By Side Stuff has your back. 

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