Treating your bike with the care it deserves can help its longevity spread several years longer than you might expect. Whilst this will include taking it for regular services and check-ups at your local garage, there are several things you can do at home which will help your bike ride that much smoother out on the road.
The best part is that you will only need a basic grasp of the mechanics of your bike to complete these. No engineering degree necessary! Take a look below and see how you can give your motorbike some TLC from the comfort of your own home.
Keep That Chain Nice And Clean
A dirty or dry chain can make the handling of your bike substantially worse, and if left long enough could pose a risk to rider safety, possibly resulting in a call with your insurance provider.
Whilst modern sealed or O-ring chains often require less cleaning than older models, its still wise to keep a keen eye on the state of your chain, especially after particularly mucky trips. Your owner’s manual will also recommend for you to carry out spot checks at certain mileage milestones.
To remedy any chain issues, simply elevate your bikes rear wheel, to allow your chain to move freely, and with a soft bristle brush, buff of any dirt that might be clinging to the surface of the chain. Once this is done, it makes sense to apply a chain lubricating oil by spinning the rear wheel slowly and then coating the entirety of the chain.
Its best practice to do this at a period where you can let your bike rest and let the oil soak into the chain, perhaps after your last ride of the day.
Top Up Essential Fluids
Your motorbike requires all sorts of different fluids to help keep its performance in tip-top condition. Luckily, a lot of these you can do from the comfort of your own home! Engine oil and coolant are the best places to start for a beginner, however, clutch and brake fluid can also be switched out easily enough once you feel a little more confident in your mechanical skills.
Your owner manual should highlight the location of each liquid reservoir, as well as guidance on how much is recommended and the specific type needed. To check if your bike’s fluids need replacing, always take a reading when your bike is placed on a central stand and kept level. This will help give you an accurate assessment and save unnecessary work.
Tighten Up Any Nuts And Bolts
This is a nice easy exercise – and the only tool you will need is a spanner! Your motorbike is covered with nuts and bolts, from on your handlebars down to your side panels and wheel nuts. Keep your bike in once piece, by regularly spending time going round and tightening any looseness that may have occurred through all that time out on the road.