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Basic Motorcycle Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

A little at-home maintenance can keep your motorcycle running smoothly and prevent accidents due to malfunctions or broken parts. Use the tips listed in this article to keep your bike in working order.

Tips for Motorcycle Maintenance

Refer to your owner’s manual for specific information when you inspect some or all of the following areas:

  • Oil – When changing your oil, remember to use the correct type. The engine oil in most bikes also serves as transmission fluid. Because normal oils can’t function as both, remember to purchase and use the correct oil. To check the oil level, use a bike stand or your hands to tilt the bike vertical. Kneel and look at the window on the bottom of the engine. If the oil level is between the two marks on the case, the oil level is okay.
  • Oil Filter – Although the oil filter does not need to be replaced with every oil change, doing so is a good idea. The filter can be in the form of a cartridge located behind a bolted filter cover, or it can be simply screwed on. Use the correct tools to remove the filter and replace it.
  • Brakes – The front and rear brakes on your bike function independently of each other and have separate master cylinders. One is located on the handlebars. The other is located on the side of the bike below the seat. While you are checking their performance, also check your brake pads for severe wear. You may need to replace them.
  • Battery – Fully charge your battery before riding. If you notice that your battery is having trouble holding a change, its likely time for a new one.
  • Lights – Your brake lights and headlights must be functioning correctly. If you notice cracked or flickering bulbs, you’ll need to get them fixed.
  • Tires – Because small changes in tire pressure can cause drastic alterations in the way your motorcycle behaves, check your tire pressure often. Also check tire traction by inspecting your wear indicators. If they are low, it’s time to replace the tire.
  • Drive Chain – Your drive chain will stretch from overuse. Periodically check its tightness. If the chain flexes too far when you pull on it, you’ll need to adjust it. After adjusting your chain, apply lubrication to help the chain flex smoothly and not bind up.
  • Cleanliness – Many small problems can be avoided if you wash your bike thoroughly and regularly by hand when you notice it getting dirty.

Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Recall and Defect Attorney

If you or a loved one were injured due to a recalled or defective motorcycle, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our team of legal professionals are ready to take immediate action on your case. You may be entitled to compensation if a manufacturer’s negligence lead to your injuries.

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