You don’t need to be a certified mechanic to keep your motorcycle in great shape. There are a number of maintenance tasks you can do with a few basic tools and an owner’s manual. Here are some things you can do to help prolong your bike’s life.
Check Tire Pressure
You should check the air pressure in your tires every week. Too much or too little air can affect handling and braking, not only dangerous to yourself and others but also causing wear on your tires. Use a pressure gauge and consult your manual for proper tire pressure. If you frequently carry a passenger, you may need a bit more air.
If your chain is not calibrated to the settings in your manual, it can wear out your sprocket, drive chain, and gearbox; cause uneven gearshifts; result in a snatchy transmission; and obstruct rear suspension. Set the tension with someone on the bike, because the chain tightens when weight is applied. Lubricate it after every ride while it’s hot so that the oil soaks in well.
Keep your battery full with de-ionized water, but not too full. You don’t want it to overflow while you are riding. Apply some grease to the battery terminals to protect from corrosion, but just one at a time!
Replace your brake fluid every year. It becomes less effective as it absorbs moisture. Most bikes have two reservoirs- one in the front and one in the back- so make sure to replace them both.
Check your fuel filter is clean regularly and look for any clogs. Also inspect the fuel lines for wear and tear, and replace immediately if you find any. You should change the fuel filter every two years.
Always check your oil level before riding, and top up if it is not full. Know the fluid difference between the ‘low’ and ‘high’ or ‘max’ so you know how much to add to reach the upper limit. When you change oil, as recommended in your owner’s manual, you should also change your driveshaft oil and your oil filter and check the tension in your belts.
If you are looking for lubricants, filters, or any other products for your motorcycle, check out Synthetic Oil Direct in Warrington, PA. As a licensed dealer of AMSOIL synthetic oil products, we can tell you the best lubricants and filters for your bike. Shop on our online store or give us a call at (215) 834-8720.