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It’s important to check the condition of your motorcycle on a regular basis to ensure that a potential problem doesn’t escalate. Most checks take no longer than 10 minutes and they’re simple to do.
If you enjoy regular ride outs or tend to cover a large amount of miles on a regular basis it’s a good idea to carry out weekly checks; however some checks may be required after every ride. It’s a good idea to refer to your motorcycle manual for guidance.
Here we have created a handy guide to explain which checks you can carry out yourself in order to maintain your bike.
Tips when checking your bikes oil level:
Motorcycles vary when it comes to checking oil levels. Some bikes will use a dipstick, some have an inspection window and in some cases a level hole can be found.
The video below gives a handy demonstration of how to check the oil level with a dipstick.
The clip below demonstrates how to check the oil on your motorcycle through an inspection window.
Below is a handy clip which outlines the main tasks that are involved in checking the steering and suspension on a motorcycle.
In the following clip we’re shown how to carry out the simple task of checking your motorcycles tyre pressure.
It’s extremely important to regularly check the lights on your motorcycle, one broken light and your bike is at risk of failing its MOT. So, before you take your bike in for an MOT have a quick check over of the lights, just to be sure your bike won’t fail over something that is so easily prevented.
In the clip below we are shown how to check the brake pads, comparing warn pads to new pads.
Most bikes have a drive chain and it is very important to frequently check the chains functionality, keeping it lubricated and clean.
The clip below demonstrates how to properly clean and lubricate a motorcycle chain.