Motorcycle Maintenance Quick Guide – Ten Things To Do

Motorcycle Maintenance Quick Guide – Ten Things To Do

Got a motorbike? Love your motorbike? Then you better learn how to maintain it. Your mechanic or garage can only do so much but what whether their efforts pay off, depends a lot on how well you maintain your bike. Here’s a quick starting guide on the same.

  1. Motorcycles always need an annual review. Make sure you get that done from a specialist so they can look at everything from the body, tires to the motor and the overall performance.
  2. Never forget to change the oil as advised in your owner’s manual. Usually, the oil needs to be changed between 5,000 to 10,000 kilometers depending on the model and make of your bike. Moreover, some garages change oil on every servicing so that your bike stays new at all times. You should learn how to check if your bike needs an oil change.
  3. Check and maintain brake pads. It is crucial to your riding safety. Depending on your driving style and usage, you may have to replace brake pads anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 kms.
  4. Keep an eye on the tires as they are crucial to your riding safety and pleasure. If you witness holes, tears or cracks do not leave them be. Take your bike to the garage immediately and have them repaired or if they are old, have them replaced.
  5. The air filters should be cleaned every 10,000 kms or if your bike uses paper filters then replaced every servicing. These filters protect the engine from dirt and debris so the more dirt you have in the air, the sooner they lose their efficiency.
  6. Check the liquid coolant levels every few weeks. In summers, it protects against excessive cooling while in winter, it helps prevent frosting.
  7. Always use fork oil to help dampen the bike better and lubricate any moving components of the vehicle other than the chain.
  8. The bike chain is yet another crucial component that you should check for slack and oiling. Keeping it well-oiled and with perfect slack helps reduce pressure on the engine and also wear on the sprocket.
  9. Your battery is what powers your switches and even the self-start. Many modern day bikes no longer come with a kick-start. Hence, never run your battery dry.
  10. And finally, always check your spark plugs for carbon. They should be changed every 6,000 to 12,000 km.