Motorcycle Repair and Recovery
Although it may seem difficult at first, motorcycle maintenance is not a rocket science. Starting with a few basic principles, you can gradually improve your skills as you progress. Especially if you have an older model, you can go from simple oil changes to more complex tasks or bike modifications. How much you want to work on the bike is up to you, but it’s worth doing some basic things like checking for oil, tire pressure, treadmill and chain protection. Learn how to keep your motorcycle in top condition.
If you rely only on dealership mechanics, motorcycle maintenance can be expensive. This does not mean that you can not repair your bike only in the dealership – if you do not have the time or interest in motorcycle maintenance, it is quite good to trust a professional. However, with a user guide, YouTube, and this detailed motorcycle maintenance guide, you can do a few simple things yourself.
How often is motorcycle maintenance required?
If you are buying a new motorcycle, maintenance at the recommended intervals (you will find them in the owner’s manual) should be more than enough. However, if you buy a used bike or ride it often and hard, it is usually a good idea to have frequent inspections and maintenance.
Ideally, you should do this once a month or every two weeks, especially if you have traveled many miles on your bike. Even on newer bikes, some parts may show up sooner than expected. In addition, components such as engine oil, air filters and oil filters may need to be replaced frequently.
The good news is that you can do most of the services yourself.
Use this essential motorcycle maintenance checklist to make sure your motorcycle is in good condition:
Checking tire pressure is very important to ensure safe driving. If the pressure is too low, you run the risk of the tire bursting or swelling at high speeds, and if the pressure is too high, it can affect the handling of the bike. You will usually find the recommended air pressure gauge in the tire manufacturer’s manual. Use a pressure gauge to measure the PSI level of your tires and inflate if necessary.
Engine oil level
The engine oil level should always be full. To check the oil level, run the bike for a few minutes to warm it up. Next, place your motorcycle on the center pedestal (or have a friend place it vertically) and watch the glass of engine oil at the bottom of the motorcycle. If not, fill it out; If black oil appears, it’s time to replace it.
Loose chain (don’t mind if your bike has a propeller shaft)
With wear and long mileage, your chain can sag more than it should. Push the chain against the swingarm to measure chain slack. Do not hang more than 40mm (50mm for dirty bikes). If it is too loose, adjust the chain by loosening the axle nut and turning the function screws to shorten or lengthen the slack as needed. You will find the correct measurements for your bike in the owner’s manual.
Brake pads wear out quickly on most motorcycles and it’s always a good idea to be careful during routine inspections. Take a look inside your brake calipers and if the brake pads are down to 2mm, it’s time to replace them.
Road and sport bike air filters last over 5,000 miles before they need to be cleaned or replaced. When riding dirty bikes or in dusty, sandy conditions, it may be necessary to clean the air filter more regularly (every month to two weeks). To check the condition of the air filter, open the air box and remove the filter. If it looks dirty or clogged, replace or clean it.
As a general rule, the oil filter should be replaced with engine oil. Expect to change the oil filter every 4,000 to 5,000 miles, unless the owner’s manual recommends a different time frame.
Your motorcycle’s coolant should be changed every two years or so. Coolant can deteriorate over time, so it’s best to replace it completely within 20-24 months. To change the coolant, place the motorcycle on the center stand, remove the springs to access the radiator, then drain the old coolant from the top of the radiator and replace it with new coolant.
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- Excessive heat problems: radiators, refrigerant pipes, thermostats, water pumps, gas outlets
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- Exhaust repairs – engine pipes, mufflers, catalysts
- Suspension repairs – springs, shock absorbers, spacers, leaf springs
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