Three DIY Motorcycle Maintenance Tasks

by admin | Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Taking care of your ride can involve a pretty long list of potential repairs and standard maintenance tasks. Thankfully, you can take care of some of these things on your own, saving you a little money while keeping your motorcycle in tip-top shape.

Of course, if you are looking at more serious repairs, you should find a mechanic or shop that specializes in motorbike sales to handle the work.

Three DIY Motorcycle Maintenance Tasks

Check Tire Pressure

Technically, it’s not a repair, but it is a task you can (and should) do yourself on a regular basis to keep your bike running well. It’s recommended that you check the tire pressure weekly, or at least twice a month. Improperly filled tires will impact handling and will also reduce the life of the tire over time.

All you need is a pressure gauge. Just take the cap off the tire valve stem, and attach the gauge to the valve. The force of the air registers in the gauge, which you can compare with the ideal pressure for your bike (check your manual). Top up the air as required.

Clean the Chain

Adjusting the tension in your chain is a vital chore to keep the transmission running well, but it can be too complex for the average person to manage. But you can still work on chain maintenance by keeping it clean and lubricated.

Kerosene and WD-40 are two products you can use to cut through the grease on your chain to keep it clean. WD-40 is easier to manage because it sprays, but its up to you. Spray or soak your chain, and then give it a good scouring with a stiff-bristled brush to get all the grease and grime off. Once it’s clean and dry, give it a spray with a good chain lube and you’re ready to go.

Oil Change

This is one maintenance chore that you can definitely do yourself, that is crucial for your bike’s running efficiency. The other two are minor but this is a must-do to keep your engine in good shape. Though messy, this is a really easy-to-do chore you can handle on your own.

You’ll need a stand for your bike, fresh oil, a pan for the old oil and a socket wrench to match your oil tank cap. Get your bike up on the stand, place the drip pan under the drain bolt of your oil tank. Remove the cap to the oil tank first, and then remove the bolt at the bottom with a socket wrench.

Step back and wait for the oil to drain out, and plan on disposing of it properly. Use a rag to wipe off the drain plug and get the bolt screwed back on. Now just refill the tank with whatever sort of oil your bike prefers.

While you’re busy with the oil, it’s a good time to replace the filter. Different models of bikes have different filter designs so you’ll have to check the manual. Regardless of the specifics, it’s an easy chore that usually involves removing the filter casing, replacing the cartridge and putting the case back on.


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