Keeping Your Motorbike Running for Longer

A little bit of maintenance can go along way. Nothing helps as much in extending your bike’s good health as a little bit of regular maintenance to keep it running at optimal performance. Besides that, the feeling of empowerment and complete satisfaction of getting down and dirty next to your bike is priceless. Keep your owner’s manual nearby as it comes in handy in finding the parts that you can’t see. It will also provide you with the necessary specs for tightening bolts and nuts.

Keeping the Engine Running Smoothly

After every couple of thousand miles, it is always a great idea to change the oil in your bike to ensure that it runs smoothly. Once again, your owner’s manual is handy guidance on changing the oil, but a nice off the records trick of the trade is to ride your bike a good five minutes before changing the oil. The heat of the engine will warm up the oil and bring down the viscosity of the oil to ensure easy drainage. While the engine is off, ensure an oil pan is in place and then remove the oil cap allowing the old oil to drain into the oil pan. Before you will be able to remove the cap though, you will probably have to remove a fairing to be able to get to it. When the oil is drained you need to go through the messy task of removing the oil filter. Another tip is to cover the parts of the bike which you don’t want any oil spilled or splatted on with aluminum foil. When all the oil is drained and the oil filter is removed then you can replace the old oil plug with a new oil filter. Put all the parts that you have removed back in place and refill your bike with new oil according to the specifications provided in your owner’s manual. Always remember old oil needs to be recycled and you can probably take it to your local bike shop.

Preventing Overheating

By regularly changing the coolant in your bike you will lessen the chances of corrosion and overheating or freezing greatly. Same as with an oil replacement, you will probably need to remove some bike parts before reaching the drain bolt. Ensure a plan is in place and let the old coolant drain out. You also need to remove the radiator cap to be sure that it all has drained out. Afterward, you can simply replace the drain cap again and refill with new coolant. Be sure to add the correct amount. After replacing the radiator cap, let your bike run for a little while to check that the engine remains cool. You have to check the coolant levels again afterward when the engine has cooled down again. If needed you can add more to get the coolant to the appropriate levels. Your owner’s manual will specify exactly how much coolant is needed.

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