Buying your own motorbike is like being welcomed into an exclusive club. But that club is only there because they love what they own and take care of it. These are the things you need to hear before you get your own bike, as well as information on motorcycle spares.
Where It Touches the Road
The quickest things to wear out on your motorbike would be the rear and the tires. The latter will definitely make you lose traction and slide over any wet surface. Apart from the puking and general distress, this can be dangerous and life threatening. Regularly checking the distance between the wear bar and the tread is a necessity for your bike’s (and your) overall health.
Clutch Kits and Spare Bits
Clutch slipping is a common and major problem and mostly comes out of nowhere. Routine checking of clutch springs and clutch cables is one of the most important ways to keep your bike in shape. Many places will supply a complete inventory of clutch kits for various models, as well as diverse and enormous lists of motorcycle spares for old and new bikes.
If you want your bike to be functional during winter, any long-term storage will involve preparation to prevent major problems both electrical and fuel-related. Fuel tends to gum up over time and will mess up your carburettor. Draining the carburettor floats of fuel before storage is a good way to start winterising. Check the fluids and keep your tank full to avoid air accumulation in the tank vent. You will also need to wash the bike thoroughly, which is a great way to visually check the entire vehicle for any problems. Always keep the owners’ manual nearby and consult it while washing. Keep your bike off the ground to prevent flat spots in the tires. Disconnect and remove the battery and keep it in a heated environment if you can. If you don’t want to have a frustrating time trying to start your bike after taking it out of the storage for a spring run, winterizing your bike is something you must take seriously.
When you are on the street you are always predicting the movement of other users of that street and they are doing the same. By doing this, the road becomes your best field of communication and your source of control over your bike. An out-of alignment rear wheel will mess this up. This could happen because of a bent frame, a chain slack or worn-out sprockets, making certain turns harder and sudden accelerations almost impossible to handle without severe force. Keep your motorcycle spares close, lube the chain and always check your owners’ manual. Rear wheel alignment is easy and comparatively cheap if you check for a misaligned rear wheel fairly regularly.
An unkempt motorcycle definitely raises your chances of becoming a statistic. Look after your bike and it will have your back.