How to Make Your Motorcycle Feel Like New
We all want to be physically healthy, or at least try to be, but with work schedules and social engagements, there’s little time to go to the gym or even eat well. That is not correct. We could make time and become the physically fit people we desire if we want to.
This is also true for your motorcycle. If you ignore it and don’t take timely care, it will become slow and sluggish, eventually letting you down. “If you can’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of me, and you’re not worth my time,” most people will tell you. If motorcycles could talk, I’m sure they’d say the same thing. Follow these simple methods to make your motorcycle feel new again.
An unclean motorcycle is simply insulting. It not only hides the information console and other lights, but it also accumulates in all the nooks and crannies. This causes a lot of junk to accumulate in all the wrong places and aids in creating rust. So, have your motorcycle pressure washed at least once a month, and give it a good wipe down every few days.
Maintain Tire Pressure and Tread
To examine the pressure in a tire, locate the valve stem on the inside of the wheel, remove the cover, and press an air pressure gauge against the valve stem. Compare the pressure to find out if it is right. You will find this information printed on the tire’s sidewall.
Fill the tire with the necessary pounds of air per square inch using an air compressor (available at many gas stations) (PSI). If you over-inflate, let some air out. Replace the valve stem cap when done.
Check the tire’s wear indicator—a small rubber knob located in the grooves of the tire—to evaluate how your tread is doing. If the rubber knob is at the road level, it’s time for a tire replacement, which should be done by a professional mechanic.
Maintain a Clean Chain
Most chains nowadays are O-ring chains, which require less cleaning than older unsealed chains. You should clean the chain when it becomes dirty or at the mileage recommended by your owner’s handbook. When you’re done, raise your bike’s back wheel and shift into neutral, allowing for smooth chain movement.
To remove grit and filth from the chain, use a soft bristle brush. Rotate the back wheel while applying specially designed and customized chain lube to lubricate the chain. The idea is to coat the chain equally so that the lubrication can permeate past the O-rings and into the joint. Allow the chain to sit for five minutes before wiping away any excess lubricant with a paper towel.
Light It Up
Nothing irritates other drivers or passersby more than a motorbike rider who fails to signal while turning, changing lanes, and, of course, when their beam is always in your eyes.
In reality, most motorcyclists are unaware that their motorcycle’s brake light has failed until they are rear-ended by another vehicle. Check the turn indicators and brake lights daily to ensure they are working properly. Make sure the motorcycle’s headlight is on a low beam and is pointing down the road and not onto the first floor of someone’s house.
Change The Oil
Keeping your motorcycle’s engine in good condition entails two steps. The first is not over-revving it by redlining it in every gear, and the second is changing the engine oil on time. Changing the engine oil regularly will keep the engine’s internal parts working smoothly.
The type of oil you use is also important in keeping the engine operating smoothly. Depending on the kind and power of your motorcycle, you may want to consider switching to semi-synthetic or fully synthetic engine oil. These are effective in both cold and hot weather. Check your motorcycle’s owner’s manual to learn what grade of oil is recommended.
Replace The Air Filter
If your motorcycle’s air filter—which keeps dirt out of the engine—is clogged and unclean, your bike’s performance will decrease. Changing an air filter is not a difficult process, but it can be time-consuming. The air filter is sometimes easily accessible, but you may have to remove the gas tank and other components to get to it. Once inside the air box, remove and replace the air filter. Then reinstall all parts you uninstalled.
Keeping Things Straight
With road conditions in Sydney changing constantly, there will be times when driving into a pothole or over a bump is unavoidable. This abrupt contact can cause the motorcycle’s wheels to become misaligned. This is risky since the steering may not auto-correct properly, or you may end up sliding into the asphalt on a corner. So, take your motorcycle to a mechanic regularly and get the wheel alignment checked.
Upgrade The Seat
The seat, like the levers, and tank pads, is a point of touch between the rider and the bike; therefore, changing this region can have a huge effect on how you interact with your bike.
Add to that the fact that most standard seats (except for several baggers and tourers) are very thin and uncomfortable; however, upgrading to a more comfortable seat makes spending long hours in the saddle a much more tempting prospect.
Aftermarket seats can also lower (or raise) the seat height, making them an excellent motorbike alteration for shorter riders. There are additional track or performance seats available for more spirited riding.
Everything Boils Down to You
Yes, everything revolves around you. If you take care of your motorcycle, it will run well. This includes not only regular maintenance but also riding properly. Many of the parts on your motorcycle will live longer if you brake quietly, accelerate evenly, and turn smoothly. Keep in mind that a machine is only as good as its operator.