Keeping on Top of Motorcycle Maintenance


While there are many different styles and models of motorbike to choose from, I think one thing that all riders ought to do – regardless of the type of vehicle they own – is devote plenty of energy into maintaining it. Even if you consider it to be something that ought to go without saying, I don’t believe the importance of it can be emphasised enough.

Indeed, making certain your motorcycle stays in peak condition should not just help it to maintain its fuel efficiency and ensure you enjoy smooth, comfortable riding, but also reduce the chance of you being involved in an accident. Of course, regularly inspecting your bike means that you can identify and act upon relatively minor issues before they develop into much larger problems that prove more time-consuming and expensive to put right.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a few tips that should help your motorbike to run smoothly.

Keep engine oil topped up

No matter whether you’ve got a , a Honda cruiser, a Suzuki street bike or something else, I can’t stress enough how much you need to make certain your motorcycle always has the correct level of engine oil.

Letting it fall below the recommended amount can cause a significant amount of damage to your bike, so it’s important to keep it topped up.

Before you look to see how much oil your bike has, you need to make certain your bike is stood upright on level ground. Doing so enables the liquid to stabilise so an accurate assessment of how much, if any, more oil you need to put in can be made.

Depending on the model you own, your motorcycle will have either an inspection window that enables you to look at the oil level or you will have to use a dipstick. Regardless of what your bike has, if you discover the oil is close to the minimum recommended level, it ought to be topped up as soon as possible. Whatever you do, make sure you don’t use car oil for this job. I know that sounds obvious, but doing so can actually damage your bike, so you will instead need to buy specifically for use with motorcycles.

Ensure cables and levers are oiled

As your motorbike’s lever points and cables are constantly exposed to the elements, it’s important to make sure these are protected. This ought to be done by lubricating them regularly, either by using an aerosol lubricant or applying a few drops of light oil, to places like the gear change lever pivots and brake pedals. You should also keep the stand and handlebar pivots well oiled to ensure
they continue to operate smoothly.

Inspect your tyres carefully

It’s also a good idea to look at your tyres on a regular basis. This should not only involve inspecting for any signs of cuts and scratches, but also looking closely at the tread level. While all motorcyclists are legally obliged to have tyres with a minimum tread of 1 mm, it’s worth ensuring the set you own has a greater level than this so you can enjoy better handling while on the road.

These are just some of the things I advise you do to ensure your motorbike stays in tip-top condition, but what steps would you recommend? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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