How often should I service my motorcycle? Routine maintenance is the key to health. Just as a car requires regular maintenance in order to perform well, so does your motorcycle. And it’s more than just regular oil changes, although they are important, too! The truth is, your motorcycle requires regular service in order to perform at peak levels. But the great news is that you can perform many of these services yourself, allowing you more quality time with your bike.
In order to determine the proper way to care for your motorcycle, the first thing you need to do is pull out the owner’s manual. It is chock full of information you need to know in order to create a schedule of care for your bike. Most services are prescribed based on either miles ridden or a period of time, whichever comes first. This part is critically important. Don’t assume because you don’t ride your motorcycle often that you can delay routine services. Follow the manual’s advice to the letter and your bike will perform well in the future.
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Many motorcycle owners’ manuals have charts which indicate how often the service should be performed. Often the chart notes tasks with letters, like I, C, R, A, and L. These stand for Inspect, Clean, Replace, Adjust, and Lubricate. Most routine maintenance tasks are simple and can be performed in your own garage. You’ll have to purchase the necessary fluids and tools, but those purchases will be well worthwhile. That doesn’t mean that you have to complete these projects yourself. If you feel more comfortable having a professional perform the work, no one is going to judge you!
Whether you go it alone or have the work performed by a pro, it’s important to keep note of all maintenance work. Using a small notebook, jot down each maintenance performed or inspected and the date. This will be handy to refer to in the future, and can net you a few hundred extra bucks when you sell your motorcycle as the new owner will see you have been meticulous about care.
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No one is perfect and from time to time we all get behind. If you have neglected your motorcycle or have purchased a used bike that hasn’t received quality maintenance, it’s never too late to start. Just as it’s never too late to start eating healthy or exercising, by performing maintenance at this point, you are taking a step in the right direction for the future care of your motorcycle. Never feel intimidated – remember that your local pro is there to help get your bike in order for you.
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Finally, one of the most important things to remember is to inspect your bike thoroughly and look into anything that it’s performing as it should. Have you recently noticed something that sounds a little off? Does it ride rougher than it used to? If you notice any variations in performance, it’s important to get your motorcycle checked out by a skilled mechanic. All the preventative maintenance in the world isn’t enough to keep every problem from occurring, so take action if you notice any signs of issues.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, you should be your motorcycle checked out thoroughly before you ride again. More importantly, you need to get your body looked after by a good physician. Sometimes the injuries incurred in a crash are masked by the huge rush of adrenaline that occurs. It can cause you to disregard feelings of pain and even overlook more obvious signs of injury like bleeding and bruising. 97 percent of motorcycle crashes result in injuries, so if you have been involved in a crash it’s important to get checked out.
At Kass & Moses, we are just a phone call to 1-800-MOTORCYCLE away. If you have been in a crash, see a medical professional and then call us. We’ll be there by your side, working tirelessly to help you get fair and just compensation for your injuries. Don’t go it alone!