SAFETY RESOURCES

Motorcycle Maintenance Schedule

Whether you’re a BAB, a Betty, a RUB or a weekend warrior, to you there’s nothing better than hopping on your bike and putting the hammer down. You’ve probably invested a lot of time and money on your bike, so you definitely want to keep it running for as long as possible. One thing you can do to keep your bike in good shape is to stay vertical on the road. The other thing you can do is to keep up with your bike’s maintenance schedule.

If you’re not sure about how often your bike should be serviced, break out your bible (repair manual) and do some research. It should have a maintenance schedule in it. If not, here are some tips to keep your bike in great condition:

Every 250 Miles

Check your tires every 250 miles or if you can’t remember that, do it every time you fill up your tank. Keep a tire pressure gauge on you at all times. Check the pressure in both tires and check the tread thickness as well. If you notice any punctures, cracks on the sidewalls of the tires or uneven surfaces, it’s time for new tires.

Also at this interval, lubricate your bike chain. You can get chain spray at an auto parts store. Spray the side of the chain that comes into contact with the sprockets generously and make sure to cover both sides of the chain.

Every Three to Six Months

Check the voltage of your battery to make sure it is fully charged. Look at the fluid levels on each battery chamber and top them up with distilled or deionized water. Do not use tap water when filling a battery chamber. Tap water contains minerals that can damage the battery. Also, take the time to check the connections and the cables that connect the battery.

Another thing to check at this time is the oil and the oil filter. Make sure you top your oil off at the “High” or “Max” level. And only check your oil when the bike is in a centered position. If it’s at an angle, the oil will pool to once side.

Once a Year

Check the thickness of your brake pads. Your pads should have grooves or cuts in the middle of them. If the cuts are very shallow, or you don’t see them at all, it’s time to replace your pads. If the cuts are a few millimeters deep, your pads are okay.

You’ll also want to replace your brake fluid around this time. Make sure to use only a new sealed bottle because brake fluid tends to absorb moisture over time. Check your fuel filter to make sure it is clean. If there is debris in it, replace it. Inspect the fuel lines for damage and cracks and replace them if any damage is found. You can also check your electrical cables and connections. Check for cracks, corrosion, rust, or other types of damage. If any cables have cuts or cracks in them, it’s time to replace them.

These things along with a thorough wash and polish job can also be done right before you store your bike for the winter and after you take it out of storage. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll always be ready to roll.

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