Motorbikes aren’t cheap, so for that reason, it makes sense that the proud owner will want their mean machine to be well maintained. Of course, a quality motorbike insurance policy will make certain that you are protected financially from any damage.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of day-to-day things you can do to ensure your mean machine is in full working order, helping you to avoid having to make a claim on your motorbike insurance.
Clean it regularly
Ensure that you clean your motorbike at regular intervals to ensure the surface finishes are protected, keeping the paint job nice and shiny. While you are doing this, you also have the opportunity to inspect the bike for any wear and tear that you may not have noticed.
It is best to not use high-pressure sprays, as these can damage flimsier parts of your motorbike. Instead, use a soft sponge and don’t use cleaning products that are not designed specifically for motorbikes or cars, as these often contain chemicals that can damage the bike’s paint job, metal or plastic.
Check the tyres
One of the most basic things you can do to care for your motorbike is to regularly monitor the tyres. Be sure to check the pressure to ensure that you have a good level of bounce in your wheels, as well as the grooves in the tyre. You should do this before every journey to make sure your trip out will be a safe one.
Weather conditions can damage your tyres, particularly in the cold. If your tyres are over-inflated, the motorbike has much less contact with the road, which results in much less traction. On the other hand, not enough air can make it hard to handle.
Change the oil
Changing your motorbike’s oil is one of the essential components of maintaining its longevity. Usually, an oil change is done during the annual check-up of your motorbike, and if you have just purchased a new bike, you should follow the manual’s instructions to the letter.
You should also change your motorbike’s oil filter regularly to remove contaminants from the oil.
Never break the chain
Pushbike or motorbike, the chain is still the heart of the engine room, and all kinds of dirt and debris can get caught in there.
To avoid the chain from grinding to a halt, clean your chain regularly and lube it after cleaning. Some cleaning products dry quickly, so it is important to wash it off straight after washing, otherwise, you run the risk of clogging your chain up.
Get it reviewed
Get your motorbike reviewed by a mechanic at least once a year. They can advise on any defects or issues that may have escaped your noticing, but they will also advise you of when the battery needs to be changed and your spark plugs to be replaced.
Maintain the brake pads
Finally, the tip that can mean the difference between life or death: maintain your brake pads. Your brake pads must be no thinner than 2 mm – if they start to wear this thin, it’s time you changed them. Experts have recommended you have your brake pads checked every 6,000 miles, or even more if you live somewhere with a rough terrain.
This should not be construed as advice and is for guidance only.