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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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10 bits of biking wisdom that no one ever tells you

Posted on 12 July 2016 by Tony Santos

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The easy way to lube a chain

Do you still lube a section of chain, move the bike forward, lube another section, move the bike forward etc? Here is the easy way. With the bike on its sidestand, stand on the sidestand side, grip the subframe and by using the sidestand as a pivot you can very easily lift the rear wheel off the ground and hold it there. Now you can get a mate to spin the rear wheel and lube the chain in seconds with minimal effort! Continue reading “10 bits of biking wisdom that no one ever tells you” »

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Motorbikes Versus Cars – Which Method Of Transport Is Safer?

Posted on 03 April 2013 by Tony Santos

Motorbike vs. carsThere are approximately 34 million vehicles happily driving around UK roads and while most journeys are generally incident free, there are some which end in accident.

The number of road accidents each year is around 200,000 and there are so many reasons why these accidents occur every year. Human reaction time can be a high factor in many accidents and tiredness, drugs or drink driving can all lead to collisions. Sometimes you can be involved in an accident through no fault of your own and this can be particularly distressing – although personal injury solicitors could help you seek compensation for your injuries.

Which vehicle is safest?

Considering the structure of a car and a motorcycle, it is often presumed that a motorcycle may be less safe on the roads, but is this really the case?

In 2011, the road accident statistics indicated that of all the accidents that occurred on the UK roads that year, 46% (883 people) of fatalities on the roads were those in cars, whereas 19% (362 people) of the fatalities were on motorcycles. This may lead you to the conclusion that perhaps motorcycles are actually safer than cars, but this is just one way to look at the available statistics.

The total number of casualties on the roads in 2011 equate to 124,924 for cars and 20,150 for motorcycles. However, it is worth remembering that motorcyclists account for a much smaller proportion of the total traffic. In fact, while they account for just 1% of road traffic, motorcyclists are involved in as much as 20% of road deaths. Those on motorcycles are statistically 40 times more likely to be killed in an accident, compared to those in a car.

Stay safe on the roads

Ultimately, no matter what vehicle you are travelling in, accidents can happen at any time. Motorcycles can be involved in accidents due to many reasons and due to their small size, they are often missed by other vehicles until it is too late to react. While they may be considered more dangerous, it could be argued that other drivers should be more vigilant when it comes to looking for motorcycles on the road.

It is not always the fault of drivers though; sometimes the road could be slippery or a pedestrian may walk out without looking. This can cause more problems for motorcycles than for other vehicles, due to the structure of the vehicle itself.

So the next time you set out on the road, whether in a car or a motorcycle, be aware of other drivers and potential hazards. Target your driving to the situation at hand and make sure you follow basic safety procedures at all times to protect yourself, your passengers and those around you.

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