The essentials for good motorbike maintenance are outlined here. You don’t have to be an expert mechanic to do this. The first thing to do, once you’ve bought a motorbike and taken out an insurance policy, is to read the maintenance manual for your two-wheeler. It contains the best practices for maintaining your motorbike.
Things to remember to check
Even if you’re not a professional mechanic, here’s everything you need to know to check: the battery, oil changes, brakes, chain and the signalling and lighting system. This will allow you to ride your motorbike with peace of mind. As for the battery, knowing that a motorbike battery is smaller than a car’s, the battery on your two-wheeler needs special attention. It should be recharged at the slightest sign of impotence. When changing the engine, the oil filter should be changed regularly to prevent the accumulation of dirt. Brake fluid, coolant, fork and transmission fluid must also be changed. For the brakes, it is a good idea to check them once a month. And if your motorbike has a chain, checking its tension and lubricating it frequently will help keep it in good health. Besides, checking the signalling and lighting system properly guarantees, among other things, your safety.
Maintenance of your motorbike accessories
To ride a motorbike with peace of mind, it is also important to take good care of your accessories. This is just as important as the maintenance of the motorbike itself. Indeed, it is these accessories that will protect the rider. For example, the maintenance of the jacket and helmet is mandatory, as these are the most important accessories that ensure the safety of the two-wheeler. But even if you take good care of your motorbike’s accessories, that doesn’t mean you should never change them. The helmet alone, for example, should be changed every 2 to 5 years. The jacket, on the other hand, can be kept long enough, if it is well maintained and still protects the biker very well. But, in any case, motorbike accessories deserve a lot of attention.
How do you get your motorbike out of winter storage?
When the sunny days arrive, a few checks are necessary. If your two-wheeler has not been out in the winter season, it is important to take precautions before it is used again. For example, if its battery has been left connected, there is a good chance that it will no longer prime. In this case, it will need to be recharged using a charger suitable for motorbikes (not cars). Before using it again, you should also remember to re-inflate the tyres and check the fluid levels (coolant, brake fluid, gear oil and engine oil). Also remember to make sure the chain is always tight. Finally, be aware that since the motorbike has not been used all winter, to restart it, you must do so very slowly. Indeed, it requires a moment of recovery before it can function properly again, as it did before the winter season. These are the essentials when it comes to the maintenance of your motorbike.