Whether you’re new to biking or if you have been hitting the roads on two wheels for a while, you need to know that there are some maintenance tasks you can do yourself. Not only will this curb the expense of a motorcycle mechanic, but by maintaining your bike yourself, you will also reduce the risk of any potential problems that could lead to more complicated and more expensive repair jobs down the line.
Using online stores such as Solomotoparts or by visiting your local motorcycle shop, you should be able to pick up most of what you need to care for your bike. You will then be ready to both check your bike to make sure everything is in working order and to fix any minor issues once they occur.
In this article, we will look at a few tasks you should be able to get hands-on with yourself but commit to further research online, as there are sure to be more motorcycle maintenance jobs that are within the scope of your capabilities.
1. Check your tire pressures
This is something that should be done weekly, as under-inflated tires can affect your bike’s handling as well as cause wear and tear. This will only significantly increase your chances of an accident on the road. You can check your bike’s tire pressures at your local fuel station, but to save yourself time and money, you might also buy your own tire pressure gauge so you can check them at home. This is a very easy job, as all you need to do is check the owner’s manual to find out the recommended pressure level for your vehicle before inserting the tire gauge to your wheel’s valve stem. However, there are more tips here if you need further guidance.
2. Check your bike’s coolant level
Locate your bike’s coolant expansion tank using your owner’s manual. The high or low levels are marked on the outside of the tank, so top it up as necessary if it is running on the low side.
Experts recommend the need to change your coolant every two years, and for most people, this is a fairly simple task. When your bike’s engine is cold, you need only remove the drain plug to empty the system, and then replace it again before adding a new batch of coolant, be it premixed from the store, or with a 50/50 mix of distilled water and antifreeze that you have prepared yourself. Check this video for a more detailed look at the process, and give your manual a once-over for guidance specific to your bike.
3. Check your bike’s battery
You should check the battery regularly, as let’s be honest, you are going to be stuck if it flatlines when you’re out on the roads. You will find the battery beneath your petrol tank or bike seat, but check your manual if you are in any way unsure.
Remove the battery from the holder, preferably while wearing protective gloves in the event of any acid spills. Check the acid level by placing the battery on a flat surface, and if it’s running low, top it up with distilled water before putting it on charge with your motorcycle or car charger. However, if you have had your motorcycle battery for more than four years, you should replace it with a new one to ensure you don’t run into any unforeseen problems. Your local garage mechanic will advise you further.
For more detailed info, check out this useful tutorial on YouTube.
Finally, we have only covered a small handful of motorcycle maintenance tasks, but as we suggested previously, there is more you can do. If you do feel unconfident in maintaining your bike, don’t despair. Pay a mechanic to do what needs to be done, or consider taking a class in motorcycle maintenance to improve your skills.
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Thanks for reading, and happy riding!