New to biking? Getting hands on with your motorcycle may be easier than you think
YOU DON'T have to have the mechanical know-how of a MotoGP technician to perform simple home-servicing tasks; some decent tools and a little common sense are all you need to keep your bike in tip-top shape.
Ideally, get hold of a workshop manual for your machine for a better understanding of how each task should be carried out. Most will give pictures detailing each part of the process; a good manual will also list the tools you'll need to complete the job. Find yours here.
Like a chef's knives, using quality tools are half the battle to a successful job, so avoid using the underseat toolkit if you can.
Obviously, if you're not 100 per cent comfortable working on your own bike then ask a knowledgeable mate to watch over you.
TYRES - Pressures
When was the last time you checked your bike's tyre pressures? It should be done on a weekly basis, but many of us forget to keep an eye on one of the most vital parts of our bike's set-up.
Underinflated tyres tend to affect handling and braking as the lack of pressure means the tyre wall isn't firm enough to properly cope with the forces exterted on it. Overinflation can also result in a deterioration in handling, as well as a reduced contact patch with the road. This can result in a lack of grip under braking.
Use a quality pressure gauge to accurately check your bike's tyre pressures. Consult the owner's manual for the correct pressure. Remember, your tyres may need more pressure if you regularly ride with a pillion passenger. Always check your pressures when they're cold.
It's also worth checking the condition and tread depth of the tyres while you're at it.
I would have added to check the voltage of the battery with a volt meter and to check the voltage when running. I had to top up my battery often and then realised i had a issue with the charging system.
I hope it helps your readers as catching issues early and basic maintenance will help to keep the bike on the road. great tips
Posted: 23/12/2010 at 23:06
In my opinion, maintaining a bike is an easy routine. Taking care of your bike is the key to a bike that will serve you well for years. Well, here is a list of things which can you can take care of as I am doing.
- Main chain and sprocket
- Battery pack
- Greasing of joints
- Adjustment of Brakes
- Adjustment of Control levers
-Adjustment of Hinges (if any).
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