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Maintaining a motorbike could be troublesome and tiring at times but you should always remember how important it is to keep it properly. Keeping your motorbike in good condition will not only keep you safe on roads but it prolongs the life of your motorbike as well, making it possible for your bike to serve you for years. You don’t need to have complete mechanical ‘know-how’ expertise to perform simple motorbike maintenance tasks. Some commonsense and proper tools are all you need to keep your bike in good shape. Having a workshop manual for your machine also helps you to understand better how each task should be carried out properly.
Want to enjoy your riding more and make your bike last longer? Below are some of the motorcycle maintenance tips that can help you achieve this out.
- Change your gear oil or engine oil frequently.
Changing your bike’s engine oil is one of the most important maintenance tasks to perform if you want to keep your motorbike healthy. The oil is the very lifeblood of your engine. Not changing the engine oil will cause further damage to your bike, or worse, make your motorcycle engine fail miserably. Sure you could take your bike into a mechanic and have them change the oil for you, but why not save the money. Do the changing yourself and learn how to tinker your bike a little bit. Your bike’s manual specifies how frequently the oil should be changed. If you find yourself trying to change the oil one of these days, never hesitate to consult your bike’s manual to check if there are other tricks you may have missed out. Consulting another motorcycle enthusiast for additional tips can be a pretty good idea as well.
- Check your tires
Check your tires and wheel regularly and look out for signs of damage or wear. Though this may sound a lot of work, this task should be done on a weekly basis. Under-inflated tires tend to affect braking and handling due to lack of pressure which may lead to accidents. Over-inflation can also result in deterioration in handling, which can result in a lack of grip under braking. Utilize a pressure gauge to accurately check your bike’s tire pressures. Your tire needs more pressure if you often ride on it with a passenger. Consult your bike’s manual for the correct pressure that your bike needs.
- Check the spark plugs
Spark plugs are the item in the engine that produces the electricity used to ignite the petrol. Spark plugs should be changed as specified on the user’s manual. It is critically important to use the correct spark plug type and grade for your bike. Consult your local dealer to get the low-down on how it’s done. Also check your manual for the correct gap; you will need feeler gauges to set it correctly. Remove one plug at a time to avoid mixing it up. Do not over-tighten. Screw in by hand and nip them up a quarter-turn using a plug wrench.
- Check the Battery
Your bike’s battery is usually hidden beneath the bike’s seat or petrol tank. The location of the battery makes it hard to get into and therefore usually gets overlooked during routine maintenance and not checked as often as they should, although checking it isn’t a job that usually needs doing regularly. Always remember that batteries contain strong acid which can be harmful if it makes contact with your skin.
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Remove the battery from its holder before carrying out any work. Check the acid level of your battery by placing it on a level surface. If the level is low, then top up with distilled or de-ionised water before charging the battery. Keep your battery charged to 100%. Grease your bike’s battery terminal before you return the battery to avoid corrosion. Also check the cables, clamps, and the battery case for obvious damage or loose connections.
- Wipe and lubricate your bike often
Keep important parts of your bike lubricated and clean. If it’s not lubricated, especially the chain which rotates the rear tire, it would be damaged due to excess heat and will wear. Also, washing your bike is part of maintaining. Cleaning your bike thoroughly on a regular basis gives you the chance to spot anything mechanically that might be amiss.