No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, keeping it in tip-top shape will ensure you’re safe on the road and you don’t have to spend money unnecessarily when it comes to repairs. Knowing basic motorcycle maintenance means you’ll be able to look after your vehicle and it won’t need as much work when it comes to having a full service. So, what do you need to know to save yourself money?

Tyres

Just as with cars, a motorcycles tyres need to be checked regularly. They’re arguably more important to check because of the increased speed and driving capabilities of motorcycles. Check your tyre pressure at regular intervals when the tyres are cold. Adjust the pressure if necessary and keep an eye on how much pressure your tyres lose per week. If its over 10%, it may be time for replacements.

Fluids

If you notice the performance of your motorcycle slacking, make sure you check your fluids before panicking and taking it to a mechanic. Both oil and coolant need to be regularly maintained for your bike to drive well. Check your motorcycle’s manual to find out which oil you should be using at which time of year. If you’ve used motorcycle shipping companies in USA to purchase your vehicle, the type of oil you need in different temperatures may vary.

Spark plugs

They’re the one thing every vehicle owner forgets about at one point or another, and the one thing that can keep a vehicle working well without a mechanics intervention. If you do find yourself going to a mechanic and the trouble turns out to be spark plugs, you’ll end up paying more than the job is worth. Most of the time, you can see a problem with your spark plugs just by looking. If they appear dirty or corroded, they should be replaced. However, don’t attempt to look at or change a spark plug when the engine is still running or cooling. The engine should be cool, and the spark plug dusted off, so no dirt falls into the engine when it’s removed.

The Chain

When your chain isn’t working correctly, you may find you have problems with your gears and your wheels. It can be frustrating when your motorcycle isn’t driving properly but correcting a chain problem can be simple. Check your chain and find out if it has the right amount of slack. There should be no more than around one inch of slack on most motorcycles. When you return from a ride, add some lubrication to your chain as it cools down so it can be absorbed. You can also add some oil at the same time you’re checking your oil levels. Clean the chain with a cloth to ensure you keep it at the best standard.

Always be sure to take your vehicle for regular MOT checks and never try to correct the problem yourself if you suspect it could be serious. It’s always safer to get advice from a mechanic who has far more experience. Read more.

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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