April 5, 2016

Maintaining the motorbike in the first year of purchase

Are you new to motorbikes? Or have you just switched to a brand new motorbike? If Yes, you are going to need some help in understanding of how you should maintain your new motorbike. Maintaining a new motorbike is very different from maintaining an old motorbike. Old motorbikes have already been used in a flow, their machinery has been used for enough time and it works smooth enough now.

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However, the new motorbike will of course come with new machinery and all other parts is unused. Before you start riding on the road at top speed and begin doing stunts, you need to make sure your motorbike can take the burden. I will get into the ways of maintaining a new motorbike, but first I will come to basic use.

Basics

So what is the motorbike for? Of course it is for riding, we all know that. But when you buy a brand new motorbike, the machinery is not used to a high speed. During production, the motor is used at a slow speed and at a constant rate. If you take the bike and start speeding immediately, the engine will not be able to last very long. Before I begin, it is highly recommended that you ride your motorbike at a slow speed, not more than 70 and as you turn on the machine, slowly and gradually increase the pace up till 70. Another thing is, you must not use breaks suddenly. Don’t just step hard on the brakes out of nowhere, rather It is better to slightly reduce your pace to 0.

All this is a requirement for the first year of the motorbike only. Taking the necessary measures in riding and maintaining the motorbike for the first 12 months can really cause your bike to last very long and to put you in the least amount of problems. It is essential for smooth performance and impressive productivity of the motorbike.

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I will now move to perhaps the most important part of the motorbike, Engine! Make sure you change the oil on a regular schedule. The booklet often comes with a guide, that will tell you after how many days or kilometers you should change your oil. Remember, they might even give an upper bound limit for you to delay the task, but it is better to change the oil on the exact date or if possible even a few days before. Oil lubricates, not just the engine, but also the gears and is the main reason for a smooth performance. Make sure you invest in a high quality oil and stick to that oil. Many people make this mistake of trying different oils every second time they go to get the oil changed. Every oil works similarly, but has a different quality of smoothness allotted to the engine and the engine gets used to that particular oil you stick to. Not getting the oil changed can damage the engine and reduce performance drastically.

Is that all? You change the oil, maintenance done right? No! There is more to maintaining the motorbike than just changing the oil. The next thing you should be looking at are the spark plugs. It is the hardware which sparks and ignites the petrol. You don’t just keep running the bike on the same spark plug. Spark plugs have an expiry as well, which will be specified by the guide book you will receive as you purchase the motorbike. Again, buy a high quality spark plug so that it lasts long enough!

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Did you think, I am going to miss the coolant?

Keep a look on the coolant level as well. If it falls too low, that can be suspicious. There might be something abnormal, maybe even a leak. Don’t know how to check the coolant level? Look for the reservoir or the container. There might be 2 points, if the coolant lies between the 2 points than nothing to worry about. If you can not understand that, try mixing distilled water and antifreeze and pour it into the container.

What else?

This measure is something that must be taken on a very regular basis, the chain. The chain which keeps the rear tire on rotating and contributes to smooth drive must also be lubricated. In the first year of use, I recommend you to lubricate the chain once every 4-6 days and make sure the chain is not damaged. Sometimes, the chain gets damaged from excess rotation and it is often unnoticed. If you see any damage or anomalies, better to get it changed before hitting your next ride.Just to give you an idea, It normally lasts 48000 km. Tighten the chain once every 2 weeks to keep it strong. Caution: If the chain is too tight it can break or otherwise cause much greater damage than a loose chain, so make sure you are careful when tightening the chain, stay gentle.

Air filter. Motorbikes usually have a filter in the form of either a paper or a foam. If your bike has the paper element, just rub the dust off using a brush or strike it with a dry cloth without harming it. If it is a foam, things get slightly complicated. You will have to take the entire foam out, wash it, dry it and add oil to it. Normally, it is recommended to change the entire filter after every 3 or 4 months in the first year. After that, it can be done more frequently. It should be cheap and easily available. Clean it once every week.

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Oiling cables, levers and pivots are more small elements that must be looked at. They are under pressure even as we ride the bike in the normal routine and thus require regular checking and maintenance for a smoother performance. Adding a few drops to the end of the cables should do the job. Oil the pedal bars, pivots and gear change levers once every week. Also, stay alert for any breakdowns in any of these parts. There is a possibility and they must remain in good shape, the entire time you are using a motorbike.

Safety first!

Another very important part of riding motorbikes, is the brakes. You would want the brakes to save you in case of emergency situations and you would expect them to work properly even in daily routine, or else horrible accidents can occur.

Are you feeling any resistance when turning the handles? If not, make sure you get the suspension right and get the motorbike to the nearest shop as soon as possible.

Keeping up the hardware is not the only thing to be done. You might also want your motorbike to look new. Many people would recommend weekly washing for this, but that is actually counterproductive. Washing your bike weekly can remove the paint and make the motorbike look old and rough. It may also spoil the outer material layer. Rather, it is suggested that you clean it with dry, fresh cloth which will remove the dust and make it look new. Once or twice a month, you should wash it and wipe it with wax. When you do so, make sure you give he vehicle several hours of sunshine for it to dry. Plus, every time you go to clean or wash the bike, the possibility of spotting any issue or unplugged wire is high. You could avoid accidents and numerous problems this way, and of course save time!

Another very important aspect is the tire. The tires are a very important part of the motorbike and you must make sure you keep them in good shape for long enough time. The first thing you should do is invest in good tires. The default tires are perfect in size for the bike, so keep looking for a tire of a better brand but same size. For the first 6 months, get the tire’s air filled once every 4 to 5 days. They may increase or decrease depending on your use and distance, but the idea is to make sure that the level of air inside them does not remain low for long. Puncture, who isn’t familiar to punctures? You must avoid them in the first place. Like for the first few months, make sure that the tires, avoid passing through as many rocks and rough pathways as possible. If you can get them through for the first few months, they will be hard enough to sustain hits in the later months. Check the tire treads once every week for the first 6 months, and check them thoroughly once every 3 to 4 days after the first 6 months. Deal with anything odd, as soon as possible. Visit here to get an indepth analysis of tires and different things that can harm them, unnoticed.

There are a few more tips you can do to keep up the value of your motorbike. Check the horns, lights and signals. Use them on a regular basis and keep their bolts tight. Sometimes, through washing water goes inside the light box area and that can harm the bulbs. That is why I say, washing must be done with care. If water goes into lights, motor and the inside part of the motorbike some hardware might be destroyed and it can be a real problem for you.

For the first year, avoid taking the motorbike to hilly or mountainous areas! Make sure the engine doesn’t get too cold or too heat up. Riding in the mountains can exert a great amount of pressure on the engine, as you climb up and down the hills. While the engine is not ready for it in the first year. Firs year is like a warm up! If engine heats up too much, it may seize and if gets too cold like in winters, the performance may be reduced. No harm if it is too cool, but your time will be wasted as you warm up the engine before riding.

This brings us to an end!

These tips are not just for the first year, but also in later years of use. Just the frequency will be changed. Like tires will need more regular checking, breaks and oil will require less checks. Your motorbike is yours really! It will stick with you as long as you are taking the necessary steps, keeping it well upgraded, flawless and maintaining it on a regular basis. Maintenance is perhaps the most important part of riding a motorbike. There are just a few simple steps you have to do on a regular basis and they can make a huge difference and make your bike last very long. Just more caution and care is required in the first year than In the later years of use. It is advisable that you stick to the guide book you received and let it guide to the right direction.

It is all for the love of motorbikes at the end of the day. They might seem to be a headache In the beginning as you might be new to bikes, or the bike itself is new but soon doing the regular maintenance becomes a habit and represents your passion towards bike and bike riding.

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