Back to School Around the World

Back to School Around the World!

September and back to school is upon us! Here at The Storage Inn of Egg Harbor Township, teachers and students are busy retrieving items from their storage units in preparation for the new school year. This week I saw Mrs. Oglesby, loading boxes of art supplies for her classroom. And local college students are in and out picking up stored furniture for their dorm.

Who knew that school and self-storage went together so well?!?

All of this school centered activity made me wonder what back to school is like throughout the rest of the world. Here’s a look at what students in several different countries are doing to prepare for a new year of learning!

First Day of School in Japan

In Japan, children carry all of their school supplies in a hard-sided backpack called a randoseru. It’s filled with books, origami paper and a special pencil case called a fudebako. For students who bring their own lunch to school, the tradition is to bring a lunch of rice with seaweed sauce and quail eggs. This meal is thought to bring good luck. Also, since outdoor shoes are not permitted inside the school, students bring a pair of slippers.

First Day of School in Holland

In Holland, cargo bikes called bakfietsen, are frequently used by parents to take their kids to school.  These bikes have a large box that sits in front of the rider. Bakfietsen owners love that they are eco-friendly and don’’t require a parking spot. The bikes are so popular with parents that nearly all bakfietsen are used to tote around the kids! On the first day back, students are sure to be rolling up to school in one of these smart inventions.

First Day of School in Germany

For over 200 years now, kids in Germany have been given a Schultuete (pronounced shool-too-teh) on the first day of school. A Schultuete, which translates to “school cone,” is a large, decorated paper cone filled with school supplies, small presents and sweet things to eat. Sometimes they’re nearly as large as the child!

First Day of School in Russia

To celebrate the beginning of a brand new year of learning, the first day of school in Russia is called the “Day of Knowledge.” On this day, children traditionally give colorful bouquets of fresh flowers to their teachers and receive balloons in return.

First day of School in India

In India, kids also get special gifts on the first day of school, or Praveshanotshavan.  The first day of school also known as Admission Day, coincides with the beginning of monsoon season, and the gifts often include a brand new umbrella.

So there you have it – you learned something new and didn’t even have to go back to school to do it! Happy Back to School!

 

College Student Self Storage 101

Summer is winding down here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. This is right about the time of year our local college students start moving back into their dorms or apartments. If you’ve got a lot of extra stuff and just don’t have the room, consider putting items into a safe and secure self storage facility. Extra space storage can be very helpful. 

Renting a storage unit is easy. And it’s a great option when you’re living in a small, cluttered dorm room or moving out of your apartment between semesters.

Storage Inn units provide college students a safe place to keep their possessions while they’re in school too. Below are ways you can make your college experience better with a self-storage unit.

Buddy up!
If you don’t have enough stuff to fill an entire storage unit, consider sharing with a friend to help split the cost.

Store clothes seasonally
This will help you gain space in your dorm closet.

Store your sports
Keep large and randomly used items like sports equipment in your storage unit nearby. Store your snowboard, surfboard, skis and bikes so you’ll always be prepared for your favorite outdoor activity.

Keep it close
Find a self-storage unit near your dorm or campus so it’s easier to get your personal belongings moved into your dorm or apartment when you come back at the start of the next year.

Leave it local
Keep items that you will use from year to year in your storage unit, rather than lugging them all home between semesters. 

College can be a little hectic at times, but it’s a great experience. So save yourself some unneeded stress and enjoy a little extra space by using a self-storage unit in college. Trust me, your dorm and closet will thank us later. Happy back to school from The Storage Inn! 

 

Moving Truck Packing Tips

The dog days of summer are still here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, but that hasn’t slowed down the number of people renting storage units and moving into the best storage spaces in Atlantic County!

One of the many reasons residents choose The Storage Inn is because we offer free rental truck or rental van use when you rent a storage unit. We also offer non-tenants, affordable moving truck and moving van rentals.

Renting, packing, and driving a moving truck is a daunting task for many people and a good packing plan is key. Here are a few Storage Inn packing tips to help make your moving day easier!

Be prepared – In order to do a safe and efficient job of packing your moving truck, you’ll need the items below. Most of these are available at your local moving truck rental store, or local self storage facility, like The Storage Inn!

Hand truck and dolly – These are a must for moving heavier items around the inside of the moving truck as well as loading and unloading.

Furniture pads, bungee cords, packing tape, and stretch wrap – Use the furniture pads and stretch wrap to protect your items. The bungee cords and packing tape can be used to keep doors and drawers closed as well as secure your items in general which prevents them from shifting while the truck is moving. 

Boxes – Your local self storage facility should have a variety of moving
boxes available, including some made specifically for packing fragile items like dishes and glasses. Most also have wardrobe boxes to help make moving the contents of closets easier.

Remember to… Keep items such as a small tool kit, overnight items, or extremely fragile items in the truck cab.

Disassemble furniture – Remove legs from chairs and tables where possible. Pull drawers from dressers and cabinets to make them lighter when handling. Reinsert them once you’ve put them into the moving truck or van. 

Visualize – If possible, place as many of your furniture items as you can on the ground outside of the moving truck before loading. This will help you to visualize how the items might best fit into the truck.

Heaviest items first – Be sure to load heavy items such as appliances, file cabinets and boxes of books toward the front of the trailer, nearest thecab. Distribute the weight as evenly as possible because this will help to give you the safest conditions for driving your rental truck. Keep in mind that you are also packing floor-to-ceiling. Place your heavier items on the bottom, while saving lighter items for the top.

Box and Label – Boxes pack and stack best with other boxes. Clearly label your boxes to make sorting and stacking organized. Pack heavier boxes at the bottom and lighter ones at the top.

Summary – Be aware of how your items are packed, and how they might react to a rough ride.  Use furniture pads and stretch wrap to protect your items, as well as bungee cords, and/or packing tape to secure everything for the ride. Use your pillows, blankets, and cushions to fill in the dead spots between items. Your goal should be to arrange your items so that they are as close to one solid piece as possible. Think of your items as pieces to a jigsaw puzzle – solve the puzzle, and enjoy the ride!

 

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Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

The Storage Inn Blog About Staying Hydrated for Storage Rental Customers

Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

Always consult your doctor for the best medical advice. 

It’s mid-July here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, and although we are in the midst of a heatwave, our storage facility is as busy as ever, with storage customers out and about, occasionally stopping into the rental office for a complimentary bottle of cold spring water!

Today, one of our most senior customers, Beatrice (age 87), stopped in for a bottle of water on her way back to her storage unit.

“ Hello Beatrice – Hot one today !”, I proclaimed as I handed her a bottle of ice cold water.

“Sure is – you know it’s hot when the temperature is higher than my age!” she quipped.

We had the usual conversation about the heat, and how we would be complaining about the cold soon enough. Beatrice smiled and waved goodbye as she headed to her car. This made me think… How would I handle the heat at age 87?

Here are some helpful hot weather tips for seniors!

Stay hydrated
Elderly individuals have a harder time knowing when they are dehydrated, so, they are more prone to heat stroke.Seniors also lose the ability to conserve water as they age. Avoid drinks containing caffeine and alcohol, as they will further dehydrate you. 

Dress appropriately
Loose-fitting and light-colored clothes will keep you cool and not absorb as much heat from the sun. It’s best to wear breathable fabrics, such as cotton, to help regulate your temperature.  A broad hat and sunglasses will keep the sun’s rays out of your face and eyes.

Wear sunscreen
This is especially pertinent for seniors, as many prescription medications make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher will help you avoid sunburn.

Stay out of the sun
Check the forecast and avoid prolonged time in the sun, especially on days where the temperature reaches above 90 degrees. Try to plan any outside activities for the early morning or in twilight hours after the sun sets.

Spend time in air-conditioned places
If you want to get out of the house while avoiding the heat (or if your house isn’t air-conditioned), look for activities in spots with AC. Go see a movie with the grandkids, or read a book at the library. A walk around the mall or a class at your local senior center are great ways to get exercise indoors.

Know when to cool down
If you’re feeling heated, take a tepid (not too hot or cold) bath or shower to cool down. You can also use cool washcloths on the neck, wrist, and armpits. Seniors are at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses. Poor circulation, heart disease, high blood pressure, and the inability to perspire due to certain medications present further complications.

HEAT RELATED WARNING SIGNS 

Health Problem Definition Warning Signs
Dehydration A loss of water in the body Weakness, headache, muscle cramps, dizziness, confusion, passing out
Heat Stroke Dangerous rise in body temperature Temperature of 103 or higher; red, hot, dry skin; fast pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea or vomiting; confusion; passing out
Heat Exhaustion Caused by too much heat and dehydration and may lead to heat stroke Heavy sweating or no sweating, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, paleness, cold or clammy skin, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fast and weak pulse, fainting
Heat Syncope Fainting caused by high temperatures Dizziness or fainting

In summary, seniors should protect themselves from the summer heat by staying hydrated, staying cool, and, if you must go outside – dress appropriately and wear sunscreen!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! The staff here at The Storage Inn will continue to do our part by offering our storage customers free cold spring water, and a chance to cool off in our complimentary, air-conditioned tenant office area. Happy Heatwave everyone – stay safe!

 

We’re Singin’ the Blues – Berries That Is!

Blueberry Month at The Storage Inn

We’re Singin’ the Blues – Berries that is!

It’s July here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, and we are as busy as ever renting extra space for storage, moving trucks and moving vans, and helping people with storage packing supplies!

July also happens to be National blueberry month – how do I know this? We happen to be located just minutes from the blueberry capital of the world, Hammonton New Jersey.

Blueberries by the Numbers

New Jersey’s $79.5 million blueberry industry includes about 254 farms and around 8,800 acres, with about 7,594 of those acres located in Hammonton. 49 million pounds of blueberries per year are harvested in the Hammonton, NJ area. If you’re in New Jersey and looking for fresh blueberries, chances are you’ll end up in Hammonton.

Here are some benefits of our delicious local blueberries…

Blueberries are great for your bones

They’re tiny, but blueberries contain seven vitamins! Iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K.  While iron and zinc help to maintain the elasticity of bones and joints, vitamin K has been shown to prevent bone fractures over time.

They help with weight loss & digestion

Blueberries have a surprisingly high fiber content. In fact, adding one cup of fresh blueberries can add up to 4.2 grams of fiber to your diet with only 80 calories!  Getting enough fiber not only helps with regulating digestion and maintaining a healthy digestive tract, but it also helps you feel full and satisfied for longer which can help support a healthy weight and lifestyle.

 

Blueberries support your skin’s health

Your skin’s support system, collagen, relies on vitamin C to help prevent damage.  This damage comes from many things including air pollution and cigarette smoke. The vitamin C found in blueberries can help assist collagen in smoothing out wrinkles and improving overall skin texture so that your skin looks and feels healthy!

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants

Antioxidants are important. They help protect your cells against free radicals! In case you’ve never heard of them, they’re molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation.  They can start a chain of harmful chemical reactions that hurt the cells in your body. Not to worry though, blueberries are actually believed to be the highest antioxidant-containing food of all commonly eaten fruits!

Blueberry boosts your brain

As we age, our memory tends to decline and conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia become more common.  In recent studies, however, blueberries have been found to boost cognitive function and reduce the likelihood of these diseases.  We can thank the dense concentration of flavonoids, a group of plant chemicals that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors.  This chemical has been shown to increase brain activity and blood flow to the brain which makes it a powerful weapon in the fight to treat Alzheimer’s.

Thanks for taking the time to read a few good reasons to enjoy our delicious local blueberries courtesy of The Storage Inn. I think I’ll stop on my way through Hammonton today and grab a couple pints! 

Happy Blueberry Month!

Storage Inn Camping Blog Post

June is National Camping Month!

The weather is beautiful and storage rental units are selling like hotcakes here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey!

As I was making my storage facility rounds, I noticed our resident scoutmaster Bob, pulling out camping supplies from the local Boy Scout Troop’s storage space. “That time of year” I shouted.  “Yep – National Camping Month!” Bob shot back.

This encounter got me wondering… is camping still just as popular these days as it was when I was a Boy Scout? 

Here’s what I discovered in my research! There are over 13,000 vehicle accessible campgrounds  in the USA and Canada.

Approximately 40 million people go camping per year in the USA!

The average campground stay is 2.7 nights.

Tents are still the most popular way to camp accounting for 69% of total campers.

More than 355,000 travel trailers, motor homes, and folding camping trailers are being sold each year in the U.S.

The number one activity enjoyed by campers is swimming.

The most expensive campground in the world is Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Vancouver Island, Canada. A  single night costs $3,900.

According to the most recent American Camping Report, a whopping 99% of camping participants said they were likely or very likely to camp the following year.

Camping can relieve stress and depression. When you raise your levels of oxygen, serotonin, and melatonin — which happens when you partake in outdoor physical activities — your stress levels will automatically decrease.

Camping is obviously still a huge family pastime – I know that I enjoyed it growing up.  So get out there campers! And, if you need a spot to store your camping gear, be sure to come see us at The Storage Inn.  One last tip from an ex Boy Scout and seasoned camper – Don’t forget the bug spray – Happy Camping!

Time to Tan !

Time to Tan

It’s late May here at The Storage Inn, and things are heating up! With temps in the high 80’s, and being located near the beach, we are abuzz with storage customers retrieving their summer storage items.

I have spent the past week watching beach chairs, volleyball nets, and barbecue grills being pulled from storage spaces.

Just today, one of our customers stopped into the storage rental office for a complimentary bottle of spring water, when I noticed a familiar aroma. It took me a few seconds, but then it hit me… suntan lotion!

“You smell like the beach!” I remarked.

“That’s where I’m headed!” she replied.

This encounter caused me to wonder. Why don’t they make suntan lotion scented candles? And what made humans decide that cooking themselves in the sun was a good thing?

So, I checked into the subject….

  1. Tan skin was not always popular. Ancient Romans even used chalk to whiten their faces! During the Renaissance and Elizabethan era, women would use lead-based white paints to get a pale porcelain complexion, and even drew blue veins on their skin to symbolize their “royal blue blood”.
  1. The “Cereal God”, John Harvey Kellogg, did more than just come up with Corn Flakes, he created the Incandescent Light Bath or the 1st sun bed. This prototype tanning bed was marketed to cure several skin conditions and was even shipped out to the royal family at Buckingham Palace.
  1. By the turn of the century, artificial sun lamps were used to help “cure” Tuberculosis. “A healthy tan” was born when Dr. August Rollier opened the 1st sun clinic in the Swiss Alps.
  1. Bronzed skin captivated the world in 1923 when fashion icon Coco Chanel returned to Paris with a golden brown glow from a Riviera yacht vacation. Four years later, Vogue featured the first tanned faces in their chic magazine!
  1. One of the first popular sunscreen products was invented for the United States military by Florida airman and pharmacist Benjamin Green in 1944. This came about because of the hazards of sun overexposure to soldiers in the Pacific tropics at the height of World War II.

6. Mid 20th Century marked the beginnings of bronzers. Companies like Max Factor brought beige-to brown tinted powders to the MGM film lot, creating a frenzy on the set of its 1963 classic, Cleopatra. Thanks to a liberal application of bronzing powder, Elizabeth Taylor became the beautifully bronzed Queen of the Nile!

  1. The 60s also gave rise to the first sunless tanner – Coppertone’s Quick Tan. DHA, the active ingredient in QT, was used in a drug for Glycogen Storage Disease. It was during lab tests with DHA that it was discovered that it had the ability to transform pale skin tones to a lovely shade of orange/brown in just 3-5 hours.
  1. In the 70’s an entire generation literally cooked their bodies in the sun using baby oil, tin foil, even vegetable shortening to achieve the darkest bronze tan possible in the summer months.
  1.  In 1986 the first SPF 15 was introduced, SPF 30 didn’t come around until the 90’s. Pale was popular once again when skin cancer and premature skin aging were linked to too much sun.
  1. Today, Americans spend upwards of 1.8 billion dollars a year on various suntan related products including sunscreens, oils, and bronzers.

Now you know that sun tanning was not always as popular as it is in the modern era.

We here atThe Storage Inn do our part to protect our staff from the sun with covered golf carts and uniform bucket hats.

As for me, I’m now wearing suntan lotion indoors just for the aroma! Happy tanning everyone!

 

Self Storage Unit Discounts for College Students!!

Most students welcome the end of the school year, but for college students here in South Jersey, the summer can create a different kind of stress. Leases are ending, roommates are graduating and moving away, and students are finding themselves in flux, trying to secure housing for the next semester while still enjoying a break from their studies. One way to ease the stress and make the transition smoother is by visiting The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township and renting a self-storage unit. The Storage Inn is offering all college students and their families discounted rates, as well as a free moving truck to help secure their items until the Fall semester!



Here are a few ways that extra storage space can help our college students get through the summer vacation with peace of mind that their items will be safe and sound until the Fall.

Where’s my old room?

Many students return home for the summer, only to find that their parents converted their old bedrooms into a home office, sewing room, or man cave. If you’re a college student planning to spend the summer at home, it could be difficult to fit your belongings beside your mom’s sewing machine, or your family’s movie collection! A better strategy is to put your stuff into self-storage and enjoy your summer with less baggage.

Road Trip!

Some students may keep their apartment or room rental lease intact through the summer, and sublet to another party until the Fall. Even if you get someone to lease your space while you’re out of town, you’ll still want to store your valuables somewhere safe and sound, not to mention that your sub-letter will need space for their own belongings. A self storage rental unit is a safe, secure, and convenient way to store your stuff while you are traveling or working a summer job back home..

Student Sizing

Most college students don’t have a ton of furniture or belongings—or, for that matter, a ton of money—so they don’t need and can’t afford a huge storage unit. Luckily, The Storage Inn Self Storage offers units in 45 different sizes, including many that are no bigger than a single dorm room. Your belongings will feel right at home while you travel, work, or visit friends.

The Storage Inn is proud to offer the college students of South Jersey an affordable way to keep everything safe and secure until the school bells start ringing in September – Let’s not rush things though – Happy Summer Break!

The Season for Sneezin’ and Wheezin’

Spring has sprung here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, and the storage facility has been buzzing like a beehive. Our storage tenants are shuttling to and from their rental spaces like there’s no tomorrow! Time to open the office window and get some fresh….ah,ah,ah,CHOO – Allergies!  Yes, ’tis the Season for Pollen and Sneezin’ !

Just yesterday, one of our long-time customers, Lois, walked into our storage rental office to rent a moving van, wearing a surgical mask.

”You sick?” I asked.

“No – allergies” she replied.

I asked her what  type of medication she was taking for her allergies.

”No doctors for me – I’m all natural” .

Turns out Lois takes a combination of bee pollen and something called Nettle Leaf to relieve her symptoms. Lois completed her storage unit rental and drove off.

That got me wondering about what other natural treatments might be available to all of us allergy sufferers.

I did some research…

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an amazing natural allergy remedy, as it can help reduce mucus production and cleanse your lymphatic system. The quick and dirty approach is to swallow a tablespoon. For a more palatable option, try adding a tablespoon to a cup of hot water with a small bit of honey.

Local Honey

Allergy symptoms are your body’s reaction to a substance it deems hazardous to your health.

Unfortunately, you can’t simply tell your body that grass and pollen aren’t bad for it. But you can help your body learn that the local habitat isn’t deadly by giving your body small doses of the grass and pollen that are irritating it.

Local honey contains trace amounts of the very pollen that could be making you feel sick. It can help naturally reduce your allergy symptoms over time. Start administering it to immediately begin seeing results.

Bee Pollen

Like honey, bee pollen contains the natural substances of the bee hive locale. It offers an alternative way to introduce these substances into your immune system. It tastes great sprinkled on fruit or tossed in salad and offers a bit of a sweet crunch. Google your local farmer’s market or search for “local honey farmers” to find products close to your home.

Exercise

The last thing you probably want to do when you feel crummy is workout, but researchers have found that moderate to intense activity for just 30 minutes can result in substantial allergy relief. Relief occurs because exercise produces an anti-inflammatory effect in your nasal passages, helping to naturally reduce allergy symptoms.

Typically, an indoor workout will most likely be more beneficial as it will reduce re-exposure.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture treats a wide variety of health issues, including depression, digestive issues, general pain, muscle weakness, and immune deficiency. 

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf can help naturally block your body’s ability to produce histamine, which can provide allergy relief naturally. You can get it in capsules or buy the leaf whole, which is my preference. Steep it with peppermint leaves and a small amount of honey to create an herbal tea that will be tasty and beneficial.

Water

Hydrate like it’s your job. That sounds simple, right? You’d be surprised how many people are dehydrated! Being dehydrated can make you tired and make it difficult for you to get a full night’s rest. It can cause headaches, breakouts, and bloating. And, it can heighten any allergy symptoms you’re experiencing. The more water you can drink, the better you’re going to feel.

So, there you have it – some tips to help you manage your allergy symptoms this spring,  courtesy of The Storage Inn. As for me, it’s time to head home, and curl up on the couch, with a nice apple cider vinegar, honey, and Nettle Leaf cocktail – Cheers!

 

Motorcycle Self Storage Tips for Spring!
Time to Ride!

April is on and there are plenty of motorcycles cruising past our office at The Storage Inn Self Storage facility here in Egg Harbor Township in South Jersey. I’ve also noticed a few of our storage space customers getting their bikes out and who could blame them on a days like these?

As I was making my rounds, I ran into one of our long time motorcycle storage customers, Chuck, who had his storage unit door open. He appeared to be staring intently at the inner workings of his Harley Road King.

“Headed out?” I yelled to him.

“ Not until I do my Spring safety check “  he shouted back at me.

Upon closer investigation, I found that Chuck had a paper checklist that he follows every spring. Being a rider myself, I was curious to see what his list included.

Here is Chuck’s checklist…

  1. Check your battery – This the heart of your ride’s electrical system. Chuck says that any biker worth his salt will have already been connected to a trickle charger, and should be good to go, but if you don’t have your battery on a charger, the first thing to make your motorcycle ride-ready is to charge your battery.
  2. Change the oil & filter – It’s best to change your bike’s oil before you store it for the winter, but if not, now’s the time to do it. Swap that stale lubricant out for fresh clean oil and a new filter. If you don’t do the work on your bike, make arrangements with your favorite cycle shop to get it done.
  3. Kick the Tires : We don’t really want you to kick them, but you should do a full 360 degree check on each tire for any cracking or punctures. Also, check for wear. On many tires, tread wear indicator bars signal a need for replacement. But there also the old trick of using a penny. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head  when facing down and inserted into the tire tread… it’s time for a new tire. If your tires pass the wear test, inflate them to the manufacturer’s inflation specs and your rubber is ready to go!
  4. Fuel up  – Ideally, you should have stabilized the fuel in your motorcycle during the winterizing process before you placed it into storage. If you didn’t winterize, and also didn’t fill the tank before storing, check the fuel tank for rust, which may have formed due to water condensation. If the tank is clean, fill it and ‘ride-on’. If there are signs of rust, you’ll live with the consequences – fouled carburetor, clogged fuel filter, etc. – until you replace the tank.
  5. Check your Connections – A Spring tune up of cables, plugs, and pivot points is time well spent. Check all electrical connections, cables, and all moving parts that might require lubrication. Things tend to dry out over the winter, so take the time to make sure that the moving parts are kept moving!

    Mature man,working on motorcycle in garage

  6. Lights! Camera! Action! Turn on your motorcycle’s power and check all the lights for any that have inoperative bulbs and replace them. (i.e.  brake lights, turn signals, headlights, etc.) Often, replacement bulbs come in twos, so save extras for the next time you need one. If a new bulb does not light, it’s time to check the fuse box. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to visit your local cycle shop. Electrical problems are best left to the experts.
  7. Ready, Set, Stop! Stopping your motorcycle safely is just as important as ensuring your bike can accelerate. Before you hit the road, thoroughly check all the components of your brake system – lever adjustment, cables, calipers, brake pads, etc. If things don’t seem right and you’re not comfortable making adjustments, seek professional help. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  8. Stay Hydrated – Check all of the motorcycle’s fluid levels – brake, clutch, oil, coolant. Top them off as needed. Look for any leaks on the floor where your motorcycle’s been stored. Another way to check for leaks is to start and warm your bike to running temperature, then turn it off and check for leaks.
  9. Keep it Clean – The old adage, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” is true – especially for your motorcycle. When you’ve taken all the steps to prepare your motorcycle mechanically, thoroughly clean the exterior. Your bike will look as good as it runs and you’ll look good riding it!!!
  10. Ride safe! Always watch out for other drivers! 

So there you have it. Chuck’s checklist. Get ready, get that bike out of storage, and get riding!