Owning a motorcycle is something that everyone should experience at least once in their life. There really is nothing like the feeling of freedom when cruising down the highway, it gives you a sense of adventure that is difficult to compete with.
Of course, it’s important to wear the right safety gear and to be vigilant when riding a motorbike, you don’t want to become a statistic.
But, the dream can quickly turn sour if you don’t know how to maintain your motorcycle properly. It doesn’t matter if you ride a road bike or are looking to purchase KTM dirt bikes, the basic maintenance tasks are the same:
- Oil Change
The oil is the lifeblood of your engine, it lubricates all the moving parts and prevents friction. Friction will quickly wear down the inside of any engine and destroy it.
That’s why you need to check your oil levels at least once a week and replace the oil at least once a year.
- Drive Chain
Your drive chain moves the power from the engine to the wheel, that makes it an important part of your motorbike! But, over time it stretches and you’ll need to check the tension and adjust if necessary, this will ensure the power delivery is smooth and the chain stays where it is supposed to be.
Your tires are the only part of the bike that contacts the ground, their shape is specifically designed to push water away and maximize grip, even in inclement weather.
To maintain this grip and shape you need to check your tire pressures and the tread depth regularly. You’ll feel the difference in your riding if you have underinflated tires.
Next to tire contact, your brakes are potentially the most important thing on your bike; Fortunately, checking these is easy, simply apply them when riding and make sure that the bike stops smoothly and in a straight line.
If it doesn’t then you need to get them seen.
Your fuel is essential to the smooth running of your bike but the lines can collect debris and this will block the injectors on your engine, causing your bike to stutter.
You should never leave the fuel sitting in your tank for an extended period of time. If you’re leaving your bike for the season then make sure the tank is emptied.
Your motorbike won’t be much good if you can’t get it started in the morning! Regularly check your battery charge and, if you have one that can be topped up, check the levels inside the battery.
If you don’t use your bike often you may want to invest in a trickle charger as this will help to maintain maximum charge as and when you need it.
- Air Filter
Finally, your air filter is designed to ensure debris doesn’t get into your engine, potentially damaging the firing process. However, too much debris in the filter will prevent the air from getting to your engine. You should remove your filter regularly to clean it and replace it or renew it if necessary.
With a little maintenance, you can enjoy trouble-free biking forever!