After purchasing a motorcycle, whether it is your first or your fifth, there are some things you can and can’t do when it comes to motorcycle maintenance. If you’re not equipped with the correct level of knowledge, it’s recommended you take your motorcycle into a professional company to get the help you need. Herewith are some of the most common things you can and can’t do on your motorcycle:
Keeping your motorcycle clean
As most of your parts are more exposed than parts of a car, keeping your motorcycle clean is an important aspect of your maintenance schedule. When washing your motorcycle, be sure to make use of an automotive soap. If you don’t, you run the risk of damage not only the parts but the paint and bodywork of the motorcycle. When working with water, not all your parts are meant to get excessive amounts of water on it. Work with a gentle pressure cleaner to spray down your bike rather than throwing buckets of water over it.
Drying your motorcycle
After washing your motorcycle, your first instinct might be to grab a towel or chamois. This will take you a long time to get to everywhere you need to, to dry your motorcycle. If you have a leaf blower in your shed, make use of this to dry your motorcycle. It will speed up the time you spend drying it and you are guaranteed not to scratch it.
The correct lubrication for your motorcycle
To ensure your motorcycle can run smoothly, you’ll need to keep it lubricated. Be sure to make use of a heavy-duty lubrication designed for automotive use. You shouldn’t make use of WD-40 lubrication or any other products as you run the risk of damaging your motorcycle. Water displacement lubes don’t give the motorcycles enough grease they need.
Keeping your motorcycle covered when not using it
If you know you aren’t going to be making use of your motorcycle, be sure to keep a cover over it. This protects your motorcycle during the rainy winter season, but it also protects the paint and bodywork when parking your motorcycle out in the sun.
Never put polish onto your tyres
When applying polish and wax to your motorcycle after it has been cleaned, be sure to not get any of it on the wheels of your motorcycle. The last thing you want is to lose the grip of your tyres and not be able to ride your motorcycle properly.
Whether conducting the maintenance yourself or getting a professional company to do it, by increasing your motorcycle knowledge will ensure no shortcuts are being taken when work is being done on your beloved. This will ensure you get the most out of your motorcycle.