Essential Motorcycle Maintenance
How to maintain your motorbike
If you are new to owning a motorcycle or are considering purchasing one, there are a few essential care tips that you will need to know in order to keep your motorcycle in the best condition. The following maintenance can be carried out in no time at all and will save you money in the long run. A motorcycle needs more regular checks than a car, so be sure to keep make these a part of a regular routine.
Oil levels should be checked regularly, just as you would with a car. Check to make sure the oil level doesn’t drop below the minimum marking on the dip stick, to keep your engine running smoothly. A good running engine doesn’t use much oil between changes, so keep an eye on the amount of oil your engine consumes. If your engine oil needs topping up, make sure you use the correct oil specified for your motorcycle and never use oil designed for car engines.
Coolant levels can be checked quickly and easily. This level shouldn’t fall unless there is a leak. If this needs topping up, use a mixture of distilled water and anti-freeze.
Steering and suspension
Make sure that the steering and the suspension moves smoothly.
Having the correct tyre pressure is essential. Tyre pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold. Increase the pressure with a pump if necessary, check with your motorcycle manual for the correct pressure for your motorbike.
Check that all lights are working correctly
A motorbike has two brake fluid reservoirs, one is located in the front and one is in the back on most bikes. These should both be checked regularly and each break should be checked individually. Good working breaks should be applied fully without the lever reaching its full travel.
This chain is located at the rear wheel and most bikes have this. Make sure this is well lubricated and isn’t too slack.
Maintenance can be kept to a minimum if you keep your bike in a secure garage or lockup. Keeping you bike out if the elements will reduce the need for major maintenance.