Whether you are a bike enthusiast or a person who is getting interested in bikes and looking forward to buying one. You always want to keep your bike sparkly shiny and keep it in its best working stage. The main key behind keeping your bike maintained is storing it properly, maintaining it properly on time and using the lubricants and parts mentioned on the user manual.
As motorcycles are open vehicles, atmosphere damages them the most hence you always need to make sure that you park the motorcycle indoors or at least under a shade. Also, make sure you go for the tuning and maintenance on time and don’t overdo it.
Now you have gone through a brief introduction lets go through all of the things that need to be taken care of to make your bike last longer without any trouble:
Breaking In Period
So this part is for the people who have bought a new motorcycle or are looking to buy one. Breaking In period is a crucial period where the engine goes through the daily running of the motorcycle and the engine adjusts accordingly. To take the best out of your bike always follow what is mentioned in the user manual related to the breaking in period.
Some companies mention that the bike needs to be driven a 1000km or 1500km slowly without sudden acceleration depending upon the bike, on the other hand, some companies suggest that no pillion riding should be done while riding in the break-in period. So always follow what the manufacturer says about your bikes breaking in period.
Washing and Waxing
Keeping your bike clean is another aspect you need to keep in mind, get yourself some bike shampoo, some microfiber towels, a brush for tires and a good quality wax. Don’t use a pressure washer in areas where greasy and movable parts are present. You can wash the body panels using a pressure washer and then finish them off with a good quality wax. That will keep the body paint shiny for long.
Lubrication is one of the important steps in keeping any vehicle maintained. Whether we talk about cars or bikes. There are things that rotate and move around in the bikes and require proper lubrication after a certain time. There are parts like handle bearings, swingarm, suspension parts, wheel bearings that are used heavily on a daily basis these needs to be checked after a while and make sure that everything is fine and is working smoothly.
Break grips and chain also needs to be lubricated so keep that in mind as well. Also, make sure to keep water away from areas that require lubrication because water may end up removing the lubrication from the area and the part may rust after time. Make sure to change engine oil according to the user manual and never ever delay it. It may cause heavy damage to the engine.
Some bikes have separate oils tanks for transmission chain cases hence I would recommend going through the user manual of your bike completely to know what things need to be lubricated and what oils need to be changed.
Brakes are the most important part of your bike, a bike is open and it may cause a huge accident if your brakes are not working correctly. If your bike requires brake oil, always make sure that the oil is replaced on time.
Parking your bike in rain or not drying it after washing can cause corrosion in different parts of the bike including brakes which may end up causing serious damage and you won’t even notice that something like that happened. Also, whenever you feel something is wrong to get your bike checked and not risk your life. While changing brake pads or tire changes apply the greases at parts where required.
Valve Adjustment and Tunings
If you own a bike that is carburetor based or an efi bike you need to get the valves adjusted after a certain period of time. To maintain a schedule for getting your bike checked and adjusted accordingly.
Oil and Air Filter
Filters are one of the things that need to be replaced after a certain period of time. The oil and air filter should be changed every time the engine oil is changed. Some people go for cleaning the air filter and then putting it back. I’ll suggest cleaning the air filter in between weeks for proper working. On the other hand, I don’t recommend cleaning the air filter and putting it back on every oil change.
Coolant helps you bike remain at an optimal temperature, in some countries people put water which is very bad for the radiator and it makes the radiator corrosive after some time, which results in leaking the radiator and you need to spend a huge amount of money for a radiator replacement.
So always use coolant recommended by the manufacturer and change it at the recommended interval. Motorcycle engines normally use coolants that contain ethylene glycol which has additives that deteriorate and turn in to acid if not replaced at the correct time interval, which results in damaging the radiator and other pipelines. So always make sure to replace the coolant and use a 50/50 solution of antifreeze coolant and water.
Always make sure that the tires are always up to the mark, never overuse worn tires, tires also have a life so don’t risk your life and change tires when required. Always keep a gauge to check the air pressure in the tire and keep it checked thoroughly. Also, be cautious about the life of tires as soon as the tire reaches the wear bar indicators get them changed as soon as possible. Also if you notice the tread is getting flattened it’s time to change the tires.
The battery is responsible for all the electricals and starting up of your bike, so always keep checking the water of the battery if you are using a conventional battery. However, I will always recommend using dry batteries. Also, change the batteries as soon as you see them getting weaker or change them right when their life period ends.
I hope you have gone through each and everything and has got an understanding of maintaining a bike. I created this thorough guide to explain to you all about maintaining your bike and I am very hopeful that, you will keep your bike showroom shiny for the years to come.