DIY motorcycle maintenance tips to help extend its life

DIY motorcycle maintenance tips to help extend its life

Riding a motorcycle is always fun, but maintaining it is just as important as the longevity of the bike and the long-term safety of the rider. All you need are some handy maintenance tips to keep your motorcycle running for longer.
Here are 5 useful tips that can help you extend the life of your motorcycle and meet performance and efficiency expectations.
Engine oil check and replacement
For the smooth operation of the engine, optimum levels of engine oil must be maintained. Motorcycles have an engine oil check window through which you can check the engine oil level. If it is below the minimum level or has become too dark or opaque, it is time to change the engine oil. It should also be noted that oil consumption increases during summer and decreases in winter.
You should also monitor the kilometers, it is recommended to replace the engine oil every 10,000 km. However, replacing the engine oil also depends on the engine displacement, usage, and the interval recommended by the original equipment manufacturer. It is very important to have your vehicle serviced at an authorized workshop if you don’t want your fingers to get dirty.
Refer to the owner’s manual
This is a bible for all motorcycle owners. Every little detail of your bike can be found in the owner’s manual including simple maintenance tips, service schedule, tire pressure, optimum fluid levels and more. The information in some parts of this book can be very useful in a worst-case scenario. It is always advisable to read the owner’s manual so that the owner knows his motorcycle in theory.
Maintain tire pressure
The best air pressure for the front and rear tires is stated in the owner’s manual. Motorcycle experts suggest that tire pressures should be checked once every 8 to 10 days or 500 km depending on riding styles. Maintaining optimum air pressure in the front and rear tires ensures smooth sailing for you and your favorite bike. Long-distance drivers fill their tires with nitrogen. This is fine in areas with high temperatures. Air pressures can affect braking, handling and fuel efficiency, so it is advised to keep them at optimum levels.
Chain lubrication
The engine produces power, and the chain and sprocket direct that power to the rear wheel. The chain is a very important part of the motorcycle. It often gets exposed to dust and dirt over time due to heavy riding and if ignored it can cause the chain to rust.
Under ideal conditions, the chain and sprocket should be sprouted and extended with proper lubrication. The chain and sprocket can be cleaned with a regular toothbrush dipped in diesel and after drying, lubricated with oil or a specialized lubricant. This simple practice can enhance the life of the chain as well as the sprocket.
Air filter cleaning
This is an easy job on a Sunday afternoon. The air filter is responsible for the clean air your motorcycle breathes. Consult your owner’s manual on how to remove the air filter. Clean it with water and a drop of liquid soap. Then rinse it with water until the soap is washed off. Let the air filter become free of moisture and then repair it again. It is recommended to do this every 10,000 km as a best practice to keep your bike breathing easily and giving you the best mileage and power.
The above maintenance tips not only help your bike serve you longer but also help your bike serve you better. If DIY isn’t your cup of tea, head to an authorized workshop to service your bike.


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