Most of us are very proud of our bikes. We love noticing the envious faces when we drive by but when it comes to cleaning and looking after your bike, the enthusiasm often fades.
So, here are the best care tips to keep your bike lasting.
Find a place for your bike
A motorcycle has to have its place. You and I know how much the paint job cost on that thing, even though we told our wives it was only half. Make a stand for your bike that will protect it from scratches, kids and all the other pests.
Keep your bike clean
It seems obvious. Too obvious, in fact and yet most often the pack of beer and a football game takes the priority. Looking after your bike will not only improve the ride and your rep, you will also notice all sorts of minor problems.
I can’t tell you how many times I noticed loose screws or tire protector wearing off in patches.
— xs650 chopper (@xs650choppers) January 4, 2018
Look after your tires
While we are on the subject, look after your tires. Most of new riders disregard regular tire checkups but this is as important as changing the oil every 6,000 miles. Look for any signs of wearing off. .
It’s incredible how everyone will jap on about brake pads but forget brake lines. Granted, they don’t need to be changed as often but you can’t also forget about them completely. Even if you just had your bike checked out, go and look at your brake lines now.
Keeping chain clean
Again, how can someone forget to clean the chain? If you didn’t, congratulations but you would be surprised how many times riders forget to clean and lube the chain of their bike regularly. Not once a year but every week or two weeks. At least. Especially during the rainy months.
And make sure it hasn’t loosen up. Ask someone to sit on the bike and see whether the chain needs to be tightened. If you keep your chain tidy, it will last you a very long time.
Read the manual
They say that men don’t read instruction manuals. Trust me, this one you want to read. It doesn’t mean you have to take it as a Bible – things change. But you will gain a better understanding of how the bike was built and what were the parameters for it to perform at its peak.