6 Simple Motorcycle Maintenance Items You Should be Doing
Posted by Jason Harrington on October 14, 2014. 0 Comments
Getting out on the road and riding is the easy part. The hard part is making time to perform the necessary maintenance to keep your bike on the road for as long as possible. The following 7 items are tasks that any rider should be able to perform themselves with a little Google research. However, if anything is out of your comfort zone, please don’t be afraid to take you bike to your local shop for service. A well maintained bike may be the difference in preventing an accident.
1: Wash & Wax
In my opinion this is one of the easiest and most useful things a rider can do. Washing and waxing your bike regularly will get the dirt and grime off and keep it looking good for the future. But more importantly a regular wash and wax keeps you familiar with all the nooks and crannies of your bike. While washing and waxing keep an eye out for anything that looks out of the ordinary or anything that may be in need of further repair or investigation.
2: Oil Change
This is something that can be completed easily and will save you some money and downtime from riding if you have to schedule, drop off, and pick up your bike at a shop. Just make sure you get the right type of oil filter and the right type of oil, a quick Google search will do the trick. Remember to always check for leaks after an oil change to make sure everything is tightened to the correct torque.
3: Coolant Check
This is an issue for only the water-cooled crowd. If you ride an air-cooled motorcycle then you can skip this step. A tip here is to only check or work on your cooling system when the bike is completely cooled down. You don’t want superheated coolant blowing in your face. Also, if you replace your coolant, make sure you don’t have any air bubbles trapped in the system.
4: Tire Pressure
This is one of the easiest maintenance items that every motorcycle (and passenger vehicle) owner should make a habit. Checking the tire pressure on your bike takes a matter of seconds, and riding on properly inflated tires will improve handling which will improve your bike’s safety. Also, and this is more for the passenger car crowd, having your tires properly inflated will improve your vehicle’s gas mileage.
5: Chain Drive
This is again something that only people who ride a bike with a chain will have to worry about. If you have a belt drive or a shaft drive you can skip this item. The chain drive is something that can be easily inspected on your bike. Your owner’s manual will give you a process for how to ensure your bike chain is at the proper tension. Also, don’t forget to lubricate your chain periodically which will help it last longer.
Another key point that is easy and will again make you more familiar with your bike is to grease as many hinge points as you can periodically. This will make you more involved with your bike and will help you to spot irregularities. Buy some spray grease and start lubricating all the hinges and levers you can find on your bike. If you have questions about what type of grease to use or what not to lubricate then consult your owner’s manual or your local dealer. Just make sure you don’t lubricate your brake calipers or discs.