Five Ways To Maintain Your Motorcycle

Everyone knows, innately, that riding a motorcycle is associated with a sense of freedom.  When you ride a motorcycle you aren’t just driving through your surroundings, you experience them.  You can smell the freshly mown grass, you can hear the wind whistle to you, in lieu of a radio station, as you, and your ride, cut through it.  You get to experience traveling in a way that cars and trucks can’t.  A motorcycle frees you to enjoy these experiences.  Of course there is also freedom’s twin sibling: Responsibility.  On your motorcycle much of the key to that feeling of freedom is going to be focusing on safety and shielding yourself from consequence.

After you have already acquired comprehensive insurance, with great coverage, you will obviously want to continue protecting your investment.  On your motorcycle, mistakes, or loss of focus, can be turned into a pretty serious event extremely fast.  These additional steps will help you keep your motorcycle safe, running smoothly, and keeping you in the thrilling fashion of freedom that you have become accustomed to.

  • Long Term Storage

It is not recommended to ride your motorcycle all year in certain climates, and largely impossible in others.  Utah is one such climate.  It is very likely that your motorcycle will spend an extended period of time in storage.  Prepare for this storage time by changing your bike’s brake fluid and oil to prevent corrosion.  Remove the battery from its housing and store it in a long-term charger that keeps the battery from being run down, or overcharged.  Finally, use a stabilizer before parking the bike, to keep gasoline from breaking down and changing into a damaging, gummy varnish.

  • Check your T-CLOCS

Riding a motorcycle, while giving a wonderful sense of freedom, is a commitment to make sure that your bike is ready to go and functioning properly.  Familiarize yourself with the T-CLOCS process (the Motorcycle Safety Foundation coined this acronym)

  1. Make sure that your tire pressure is correct, and there are no signs of extreme wear or damage.
  2. Double-check all cables, levers, and switches for anything unusual.
  3. Keep your electrical systems maintained.
  4. Your bike’s oil and fluid levels should be kept at the proper amount, and changed in regular intervals.
  5. Examine your bike’s chain for wear and tear and keep it oiled. The chassis should be checked for any signs of breakage or damage.
  6. Ensure that your bike’s stand can be retracted completely so that it will not be caught on the road and cause an accident.
  • Replace your brakes

Replacing your brake pads may feel like an advanced maintenance task, and it should only be undertaken if you know what you are doing, but it is a straightforward project.  Keep the owner’s manual of your motorcycle handy to make sure that you are educated on the process.  Know and understand what kind of brakes your motorcycle employs.  Regular maintenance on your brakes to allow your stops to be smooth, comfortable, and reliable will keep your motorcycle on the move and out of repair shops.

  • Coolant Levels

Familiarize yourself with your specific motorcycle’s method of checking coolant levels.  This is a frequently neglected task, but is essential and very easy to complete.

  • Keep it clean

When time permits try to wash your bike every time you use it.  Not only does this give you a chance to enjoy the way your bike looks and work to keep it looking new, but it offers you the opportunity to examine the bike for any mechanical issues.  Always wash your bike after a winter ride, as corrosion, due to salt, is going to begin within the hour.