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Motorcycle Maintenance 101

Motorcycle Repair

Motorcycle Maintenance 101

Anything you can do to make your ride safer is a good idea. You think of things like a helmet, glasses and gloves, but what about motorcycle maintenance? Maintaining your bike is a great way to help ensure safety each time you ride. These are tips on how to avoid motorcycle accidents through proper maintenance.

Tires

Your tires are the only thing connecting you to the road. Under-inflated tires generate more heat than properly inflated tires. That extra heat can cause your tires to wear out faster, or even blow out as your riding. Check your tire pressure and tread remaining each time you get your bike out.

Oil

Oil is something else that should be checked before you head out because it should be checked when it's cold. The bike should be in a level position so use the center stand or a ramp to make it level. Everyone knows that not enough oil is bad, but too much oil can create a mess, too, by flooding your air filter with oil. Change your oil every 3-6 months and your oil filter every other oil change as long as you use a high-quality filter. Motorcycles will take the same oil as cars as long as you make sure you've got the right weight.

Fuel

Fuel gets your bike going so you'll probably remember to add it. There's more to the fuel system than just adding gas, though. Check fuel lines for cracking or weathering and replace immediately if any damage is spotted. If you have one, check your fuel filter to make sure it's not clogged, and replace every 2 years. You may live in a climate where you store your bike over the winter – remember that untreated fuel is only good for 6 months. If it's been longer than that, your fuel system may need flushed.

Brakes

Brakes stop your bike and that's a good thing. Unfortunately, brake fluid can absorb outside moisture and lose effectiveness. Make sure you replace your brake fluid every 1 – 2 years. There are probably two brake fluid reservoirs on your bike – one up front, usually on the handlebars; and one in the back. Check both reservoirs regularly – checking each time you put gas in your tank creates a natural reminder. And don't forget to check your brake pads at the same time.

Battery

You should perform a bit of routine maintenance on your battery each month. Check the fluid in each chamber. If you need to top it off, be sure to use distilled water. Even filtered tap water contains impurities that you don't want in your battery. After checking the fluid, check your clamps, cable and connectors. Replace or repair anything that is damaged or weather-worn.

 

Of course, there's more maintenance that your motorcycle may need, depending on its age and use. If you start with a well-running machine and follow these simple motorcycle maintenance steps, you'll help keep your bike running better for longer.


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