Key Tips for Motorbike Maintenance

Being a motorbike enthusiast means you already know the importance of keeping on top of maintaining your bike. As the partner in crime for both practical travel and limitless adventures on the open road, it’s essential to ensure your vehicle is in perfect working order.

Good maintenance will help you avoid some of the most commonplace pitfalls and ensure that your travels are rarely (if ever) interrupted by unexpected bike problems.

Here’s our top tips for keeping your bike in the best shape:

Read your user manual

It might not seem like the most exciting of tasks but getting to grips with your new motorcycle (and keeping it healthy) always starts with the basics. These manuals are designed to be easy to read and therefore don’t require any particular expertise to understand.

This will prove handy when it comes time to carry out basic maintenance tasks. Before you need to carry out any maintenance tasks, look through your manual and get to grips with some of the key terms and actions it describes. You don’t need to memorise it of course, but this will help boost your confidence should problems arise – and also help you understand more quickly when you need to call in an expert.

Be vigilant

If you think something is wrong with your bike, don’t be afraid to trust your judgement. Identifying problems is not always a case of knowing precisely what the issue is before further investigation. Any odd noises or sensations which you encounter during a motorbike ride should not simply be ignored. Instead, check them out yourself or with the aid of a professional, to help prevent further complications.

Check your tires

The tires are essential for safe travel, so inspect them on a regular basis, particularly if you’ve crossed rough terrain. You may be able to pick up some key pointers on what to look out for from your tires using the manual, but otherwise be aware of current laws relating to the tread of your tires and check for more obvious flaws such as damage and wear and tear.

Check your battery

Most modern bikes don’t need much battery maintenance, though it is always worth checking if you are in doubt. The connections could become loose and will provide a poor charge which calls for new solutions. If your battery doesn’t seem to be charging correctly then be sure to replace it

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