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Avoiding Car Insurance Policy Scams for the First-Time Driver: 5 Tips

Posted on 28 March 2017 by Tony Santos

When you start driving and buy your first car, one of the most important decisions you will make is which car insurance company you will buy your policy from. From television to the internet, there are ads that promise you car insurance for literally pennies a day. Some of these promises may sound too good to be true. Before you shop around for car insurance companies and basic policies, there are a few facts you should know so that you can avoid being taken by an inferior or dishonest company. Continue reading “Avoiding Car Insurance Policy Scams for the First-Time Driver: 5 Tips” »

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3 Motorcycle maintenance tasks you can do yourself

Posted on 08 March 2017 by Tony Santos

Nobody likes paying excessive mechanic bills for chores they can do themselves. Keeping your motorcycle in good shape requires a number of regular tasks, and quite a few of them can probably done on your own.

That doesn’t mean that a good pro shop like Procycles.com.au should be left out of the loop. A professional mechanic should still be on hand for the more serious repairs and work your bike eventually needs.

 

Change the Oil

This is usually the first maintenance task that motorcycle owners learn to do for themselves, since it’s a familiar job that is a lot like changing the oil in a car. You just have to get your bike up on a stand and remove the drain cap for the oil tank. Drain out all the old oil into a pan for proper disposal. Once it’s fully drained out, use a rag to clean up any spills or drips around the drain and replace the cap. Now you just need to refill the tank with the oil best suited for your motorcycle.

 

Check on the Chain

You can actually do a couple of maintenance chores on your own when it comes to taking care of your bike’s chain. The easiest one is to give the chain a cleaning to keep it running smoothly. Using a grease removal product, or simply WD-40, you can use a stiff brush to scrub away any accumulated grease and debris.

Along with cleaning, you can also adjust the tension if it’s getting a little too loose. Not a chore for the novice but if you are handy around your bike, why not give it a try? Your manual will indicate the proper torque settings, and you just need a torque wrench to do the work. It’s a good idea to have someone sitting on the bike while you do it though. If you’re not sure about tackling this job, there are online videos and tutorials that explain the process.

Once done with the cleaning and possible tightening, don’t forget to re-lubricate your chain for a smooth ride.

 

Replace the Spark Plugs

While it’s not a frequent job, it’s still one that you can do on your own. Your owner’s manual will let you know how often the plugs should be changed out, based on your mileage. We can’t provide any instructions on how to do this as the location of the plugs varies a lot from one bike to the next. It may be simple, and it may mean you have to take some of the engine apart.  Once you’ve located them, replace them one at a time so there are no mix-ups and don’t over-tighten them. Just enough to be snug.

These are some good places to start as you learn more about doing your own motorcycle maintenance tasks. Though these are perfect for the new bike owner to master, this is by no means a complete list. You can also check on tire pressure, changing the filters, and lubricating cables are a few other areas you can take a look at yourself too.

 

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