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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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Save time & money with Motorparks’ essential pre-MOT checklist

Posted on 23 February 2017 by Tony Santos

MOTs could soon be facing a major shakeup across the UK, after recently announced proposals by the government detailed that the period of time that new cars will be allowed on British roads before requiring a MOT could rise from three to four years. Continue reading “Save time & money with Motorparks’ essential pre-MOT checklist” »

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How to choose a good torque wrench?

Posted on 17 January 2017 by Tony Santos

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As a matter of fact, everyone always aims at doing the best task ever. One that is adorable and significantly impeccable. Well, this does not always happen and for this reason you have to repeat the whole process to correct a small part you did not finalize well. At times, you have to do all the disengagements because the part might be all in the inner parts. All in all, it is a tiresome task that can discourage someone. It might be due to lack of the correct tools or even using the wrong tools for the wrong purposes. It does not matter the knowledge of the car, motor cycle or whatever you are repairing you have but one thing sure is that you must have the tools and not only tools but the right tools. Imagine a situation where you have made the right repair but in the process of joining back the part you happen to tighten a certain part a lot that the whole systems malfunctions or even you loosely tie a nut to an extent that it falls out after a while. This is basically creating another problem by solving the other. The issue of how tight or lose a nut should be does not depend on the knowledge or experience of a person since everyone makes mistakes. A torque wrench is the solution to all these problems. Torque wrench is a tool that is used to measure the appropriate and required torque in a bolt or nut. It is used to set the amount of force that the manufacturer wants. By this one is completely sure of efficiency and high accuracy. Continue reading “How to choose a good torque wrench?” »

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Why Should You Hire a Limousine For Airport Service

Posted on 09 January 2017 by Tony Santos

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Business individuals often require a safe and comfortable way to travel to corporate events and meetings. Time is of extreme importance when it comes to business, and you can’t waste it waiting for the traffic lights and searching for parking spots. Airport limousine services will ensure that you reach the airport in a timely manner. Read further to learn about the top reasons why you should hire one for your business meetings. Continue reading “Why Should You Hire a Limousine For Airport Service” »

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Motoring Money: Cars that hold their value

Posted on 03 January 2017 by Tony Santos

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If you’re looking to purchase a new or used car, you’re probably looking at making one of the most expensive purchases in your life aside from your house. However, because cars can sometimes lose value quickly, you’ll want to try and get your hands on a vehicle that will still be worth as much as possible when you come to sell it on. Continue reading “Motoring Money: Cars that hold their value” »

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Bosch water cooled radiator review

Posted on 18 November 2016 by Tony Santos

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Temperatures inside a car have to be regulated for comfort purposes. The performance of the car as well as its durability will be affected by the radiator. Any time you are driving your car, the radiator will be cooled by the air. That’s because it is located at the fore part of the engine compartment. Traditionally, these systems were being out of brass. These days however, aluminium is the main material used in its manufacture. Continue reading “Bosch water cooled radiator review” »

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5 Tips for Earning Money with Your Car

Posted on 30 September 2016 by Tony Santos

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We all know that running a car isn’t cheap and with the cost of living rising all the time, any way to make money is one that you’ll be interested in. The great news is that it’s easier than you think to make some money just by owning a car. There are so many different things that you could do and we’ve researched into how to earn money with your car to find you some tips to get started. Continue reading “5 Tips for Earning Money with Your Car” »

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How to find the best car deals for you

Posted on 31 August 2016 by Tony Santos

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Buying a car is usually one of the most expensive purchases that many of us will make. As a result, you should take your time when making your choice so that you can find the best vehicle for your needs – at the most attractive price possible. Continue reading “How to find the best car deals for you” »

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Tips on Preserving the Look of Your Wheels

Posted on 30 August 2016 by Tony Santos

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For many people, keeping their cars in pristine condition is a top priority and they will go to great lengths to ensure that this happens. Maintaining the physical appearance of your car should be a source of pride for you and one of the most important factors in keeping your car looking good if finding the right products to use. Your replica wheels are an important part of your car and if properly maintained and cleaned, they will give your car loads of aesthetic appeal. The following are a few tips on keeping your rims looking their best at all times. Continue reading “Tips on Preserving the Look of Your Wheels” »

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How to Find the Perfect Second Hand Car for Taxi Drivers

Posted on 16 June 2016 by Tony Santos

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Buying a car is always a huge decision. However, it is a much greater decision when it is a taxi driver or firm looking to buy to add to their fleet. For taxi drivers, their vehicle is their livelihood and therefore it is essential that they find the perfect car for their needs. This can make it a difficult decision, but fortunately there are a few great tips for finding a second hand car which will be perfect to use as a taxi. Continue reading “How to Find the Perfect Second Hand Car for Taxi Drivers” »

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