Many motorists dream of owning a motorbike. There’s nothing better than tearing up the coastal roads in your leathers. Cars are fun, sure, but nothing comes close to that raw power of a motorcycle. Every move you make influences how the bike steers. You are closer to the road and a vital part of the driving experience. There’s nothing like it. However, these beautiful machines don’t take care of themselves.
In order to keep your pride and joy in tip-top condition, you’ll need to stay on top of the maintenance. Bikes are a little more delicate than cars and they require a slightly different approach. In this article we’ll get into the secrets of keeping your bike in good condition. It will last longer, ride harder and stay out of the garage if you follow these steps. Without further ado, let’s get stuck in.
1. Ride it right
Your first instinct will be to ride the bike hard and fast as soon as you leave the dealer. This is one of the worst things you can do as a bike owner. Unlike cars, motorbikes need to be broken in slowly. The dealer will usually explain this to you, but be aware of it. The first hundred miles need to be taken slowly and often require a specific oil and fluid type. Drive with caution and break the engine parts in over the next thousand miles too. After that, you can push the bike hard, but be prepared to put in the maintenance work. For a long lasting bike, take it easy and don’t push it past its limit.
2. Oil and fluids
Just like a car, your motorbike needs regular oil and fluid checks. Experts suggest changing the oil every 3,000 miles to keep the parts well lubricated. Make sure you use motorbike specific fluids rather than general car fluids.
If you thought tyre pressure and tread depth was important in cars, multiply that by ten for bikes. Your entire safety and ride quality rests on those two wheels. If your tyre pressure is too high or too low, you risk your own safety. You’ll also work the bike engine much harder than you should be. Keep them at the correct pressure and monitor the tread depth.
4. Check the battery
Battery failure is the biggest culprit when it comes to roadside breakdowns. The motorcycle battery is small and located in the engine compartment. Check the voltage regularly and if it’s running low, replace it.
5. The chain
The chain is the essential component that transfers power to the back wheels. The oil should keep this lubricated but it is essential that you check it twice monthly. Check its positioning, lubrication and look for any rust. Any small problem here can be a risk to your safety and put a strain on the engine. A good chain can be easily maintained with cleaning and regular oiling.
There you have it, folks! A quick guide to maintaining your pride and joy. There is no greater pleasure than taking your motorbike out on the open road. Just remember that you should never risk your safety or the well being of the bike. Ride safe!