When it comes to motorcycles we are very particular about the way we keep it. We all know the feeling of holding the clutch, switching gears and zooming across on the free road. Be it short trips to local shops or out of city limits long drives, your motorcycle has been with you through thick and thin and we are sure that you would like to add to this for as long as possible. So, what can you do to make that happen?
To extend your bike’s life you can follow these tips given below:
- Protect the surface
Before you park your motorcycle, make sure you have cleaned it thoroughly and there are no water spots or bug guts left on the surface. These spots can diminish the paint and lead to corrosion. After you are done washing your bike, make sure that you dry it off completely and wipe all the moisture away. Add a coating of on the surface later on. This will protect the motorcycle’s body from moisture and rust. You can also use a corrosion inhibitor and protect carbon fibre, metal and rubber components from getting corroded.
- Look after the battery
The battery is an important part of your motorcycle. If your battery doesn’t work properly, it will become very evident. Carrying out proper periodic maintenance will help you get the most out of your battery life. To determine your battery’s condition, first check the available battery fluid (This step is only for motorcycles with lead acid battery). Insufficient amount of fluid in battery causes sulfation and leads to shorting between the internal plates.
A lead acid battery suffers commonly from this problem if it is not used for a long time. So, always check the fluid levels in the battery before it’s too late.
- Prepare the fuel system
If the fuel stays in your carburettor or injector for long durations, it may get spoiled and you will end up paying heavily for its repairs. Nowadays fuel incorporates a substance called ethanol, which is more hygroscopic compared to gasoline. This may lead to carbon deposits, corrosion, gum and varnish in your fuel tank no matter whether it is carburetted or fuel injected system.
The best way to prepare for this situation is to fill your motorcycle’s fuel tank to neck and put some addictive that will fight the problems like corrosion and microbial growth.
To make sure that the whole fuel system is introduced to this mixture, take your bike for a ride after you have added the additive in fuel. Even if you are taking all precautions for fuel, a special consideration is needed for carburetted motorcycles.
- Change the engine oil
The motor oil in engine not only acts as a lubricant, but also helps in filtration system. Oil separates small particles until they reach the filter, where they get trapped and eventually eliminated from the circulation. In this process the motor oil gets affected by a major deposit called carbon. Every time a cylinder is fired, carbon is created in the combustion chamber and pushed past piston rings. So, if you store motorcycle with used oil, this carbon will separate and rise to the surface causing extreme corrosion and etching on metal surfaces like bearings and transmission gears. If you are putting your bike away for a long time, change the engine oil and filter and save it from dangerous levels of carbon deposits.
- Save the tyres
Now that all metal and other main components are taken care of, don’t forget tyres. Since tyres are porous they lose air when kept away. If you leave the tyre in the same position for a long time it might develop a permanent flat spot.
You can prevent this by balancing your motorcycle on the centre stand. You can also get a paddock stand and makes sure that the tyres remain safe. To keep the tyres in a good condition, overinflate them slightly and change the position from time to time.
It is also advised that you protect your bike by getting a cover which fits it perfectly. Make sure all exposed parts are covered and while you are storing your bike don’t forget to oil and store your maintenance tools in air tight heavy duty plastic storage boxes.