Owning a motorcycle is a fantasy for many, especially individuals looking for an adrenaline rush. Bikes, if not well taken care of, can at times disappoint the owner, especially if regular servicing is required. If you want your new toy to run smoothly, then you need to take care of it. Knowing how to take care of your motorcycle does not only help you save money but also improves its second-hand value, in case you may need to dispose of it in the future.
The user manual that should come with the bike is the first avenue, where you will find valuable maintenance tips for your motorcycle. It highlights the maintenance tasks in detail, helping you know what to do from time to time. Apart from the user manual advice, we are going to detail some tips here, to keep your bike healthy and on top form.
Keep the Engine Running Smoothly
The engine is undoubtedly the heart of any machine, and it needs to be kept running smoothly just as the human heart. Regular lubrication will help keep your engine and other bike parts that require lubrication, running smoothly. Depending on the particular model of your bike, the following areas will need regular lubrication to reduce chances of tear and wear; wheel bearings, steering head bearings, suspension, and the swingarm.
Keep the Tyres in Perfect Shape
The bike’s tyres are what keeps you moving on the road. Before starting any journey, check the tyre pressure, ensure that the treads are in good shape and that there are no holes, tears or rips. When testing the bikes tyre pressure, make sure that you do so when the bike is cold, and not when riding, as air expands and contracts, hence the need to check when cool.
Do Take Care of the Chain
Chain care entails making sure that the chain has the right slack at the tightest area. When the chain is too tight, it affects the gearbox and wheel bearings, which may be dangerous if not rectified. Another aspect of chain care is that you should regularly lube the chain, preferably when the bike is still hot after a journey so that the chain can absorb as much oil as possible. It’s essential to clean the chain after changing the oil, with kerosene and a cloth.
Check the Spark Plug
The spark plug is a vital motorcycle part, which needs to be checked regularly. If you can do it by yourself without having to wait for a mechanic, so much the better. If you note that the spark plug is corroded or dirty, then you need to change it as soon as possible, to avoid total damage. When checking the plug, make sure that the bike is cold; usually leaving it for about two hours to cool before checking the plug is ideal. When fixing a new plug, do it with your hands, to reduce the chances of you screwing it too tightly. When you realise that the plug has turned red, then the engine is overheating, while an orange colour shows the engine is working correctly.