Owning a Bike

Posted: 23 Oct 2011

Bikes are all about freedom, so it’s very tempting to just jump on and ride off every time, but your bike will repay a few moments regular TLC with miles of trouble-free fun.

  • Before every run, check that the lights and indicators are working
  • After starting, let the bike warm up to normal operating temperature before using high revs
  • At least once a week, check oil and fluid levels, tyre pressures and tread depths, lubricate the chain and check it for tension
  • The minimum legal tyre tread depth for motorcycles over 49cc is 1mm, but this is a bare minimum, and many bikers feel that 2mm or 3mm means time for new tyres, particularly in winter or wet conditions
  • Clean the bike with a damp cloth and mild detergent or specialist cleaner either once a week or after a long run, especially in winter. Thi removes salt that can lead to premature corrosion
  • At least once a fortnight, check brakes, cables, forks, hoses and shocks for signs of deterioration
  • Use high-detergent fuel regularly rather than cheaper fuel, as it helps to keep your engine clean

Protecting your bike over winter…

  • Leave the battery on a specially designed slow or trickle charger, such as Optimate or Acumate
  • Empty the petrol tank
  • Over-inflate the tyres by 4 psi
  • Clean and dry all over
  • Spray electrics and metal with corrosion protector
  • Turn the wheels every fortnight
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