Whether you are a rookie biker or you have been riding for some time, everyone can benefit from brushing up on our bike knowledge. Looking after a motorcycle is not just about ensuring that the bike looks good in a superficial sense; it’s about getting into the habits that will keep it functioning for years to come. What are these?
The Tire Condition
In an ideal world, you should check the tire pressure before and after every journey you make. But it is okay for you to do this on a weekly basis. We can feel that to save our bank balance, we wait for the tires to go bald, but there needs to be approximately 0.063 inches of tread all around the tire as the last possible opportunity to replace it. And don’t forget; change both of them, not just the one!
Adjusting The Clutch
You need the right clutch adjustment in place, but be sure that you don’t over tighten it. If you over tighten it, it could slip without you noticing, but also, as far as your bank balance is concerned, it will start to guzzle your fuel!
Cleaning The Bike
In an aesthetic sense, cleaning it will make it look great, but it also helps you to keep an eye out for missing bolts or nuts. Before you start cleaning the motorcycle, cover the silencer, ignition switch unit, and ignition coil with a plastic sheet. And while you’re on cleaning duties, ensure that the air filter is cleaned on a regular basis, especially if you live in a particularly dusty area or ride through dusty conditions a lot. The air filter will clog up quickly if you don’t keep on top of this. But always change the air filter, rather than trying to stretch it out for as long as possible.
Looking After The Battery
Again, regular maintenance will prolong its life. When necessary, you should top up the battery with distilled water. And if there are times you are not using the motorcycle, ensure that the battery is fully charged, as well as examining it for any leakages.
Doing Your Own Research
Everybody’s bike is unique, and while there are the basics that need to be adhered to, you won’t be able to look after your bike forever. It will succumb to certain aspects of aging, like corrosion, and you need to know when it’s time to give up on it. If this is your first bike, you will probably look after it like it’s your child, but it’s important to keep on top of the latest trends, and sites like Biker Report can keep you abreast of the latest developments. But also, it’s handy to see other, like-minded people, waxing lyrical about their bikes. It’s quite a unique relationship, especially if there’s no one in your life that really gets it!
A great motorcycle is like a great relationship, but that means you have to work hard at maintaining it. Look after your motorcycle, and it will look after you!