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Motorbike Maintenance Tips

Some bits of maintenance advice on lubrication.

Bikes are machines. They are giving problems unless we treat them on time. That's why we should meet the motorcycle service dealer within 2500km - 3000km (this is depend on manufacturer). Most people cannot get a time to visit their service dealer, because it's a time wasting job. Result is motorbikes getting junk. Lots of noises & Poor performance. So we decided to give you some soft instruction to maintain your motorbike yourself until you visit your motorbike service dealer.

Remember; Below are some bits of advice on lubrication, checking your drive chain, brakes, and tyres and washing your bike. if you don't feel comfortable carrying out this work yourself, just ask your dealer.

Lubrication

Proper lubrication is important for smooth operation and a long life for each working part of your motorcycle and also for safe riding. It is a good practice to lubricate the motorcycle after a long rough ride and after getting it wet in the rain or after washing it.

  Grease Motor oil
Clutch lever holder  
Side stand pivot and spring hook  
Gearshift lever pivot and foot res pivot    
Drive chain  
Brake lever holder  
Brake pedal pivot and footrest pivot  

Inspecting the Drive Chain

When inspecting the chain look for the following:

  • Loose pins
  • Damaged rollers
  • Dry or rusted links
  • Kinked or binding links
  • Excessive wear
  • Improper chain adjustment

If you find anything wrong with the drive chain condition or adjustment correct the problem if you know how. If necessary consult your local Suzuki Dealer.

Damage to the drive chain means that the sprockets may also be damaged. Inspect the sprockets for the following:

  • Excessively worn teeth
  • Broken or damaged teeth
  • Loose sprocket mounting nuts

If you find this go to your local Suzuki Dealer.

Drive chain adjustment

Adjust the drive chain slack to the proper specification. The chain may require more frequent adjustments than periodic maintenance schedule depending upon your riding conditions.

Too much slack can cause the chain to come off the sprockets, resulting in an accident or serious damage to the motorcycle. Inspect and adjust the drive chain slack before each use.

Brakes

Proper operations of brake systems are vital to safe riding. Be sure to perform brake inspections on a daily basis. You need to inspect the following items:

  • Fluid levels in the reservoirs
  • Front and rear brake systems for signs of fluid leakage
  • Inspect brake hose for leakage or a cracked appearance
  • The brake lever and pedal should have the proper stroke and be firm at all times
  • Check the wear of the disc brake pads

Tyres

Proper tyre pressure and proper tyre loading are important factors. Overloading your tyres can lead to tyre failure and loss of vehicle control.

Check tyres each day before you ride and be sure the pressure is correct for the vehicle load according to your owner's manual. Tyre pressure should only be checked and adjusted before riding as riding will heat up the tyres and lead to a higher-pressure reading.

Under inflated tyres make smooth cornering difficult, and can result in rapid tyre wear. Over inflated tyres cause a smaller amount of tyre to be in contact with the road, which can contribute to skidding and loss of control.

Tyre condition and type

Proper tyre condition and type affect vehicle performance. Cuts or cracks in the tyres can lead to tyre failure and loss of vehicle control. Worn tyres are susceptible to puncture failures and subsequent loss of vehicle control. Tyre wear also affects the tyre profile, changing vehicle-handling characteristics.

When you change your tyres be sure to replace them with the same type and size that comes off. If you use a different size or type of tyre, vehicle handling may be adversely affected, possibly resulting in loss of vehicle control. Make sure the wheels are balanced after the tyre has been fitted, this is important to avoid variable wheel to road contact and to avoid uneven tyre wear.

Cleaning your motorcycle

Here are some hints and tips for cleaning your motorbike:

  • Remove dirt and mud from the motorcycle with cool running water. You can use a soft sponge or brush but do not use hard materials tat can scratch the paint.
  • Wash the entire motorcycle with a mild detergent or car wash soap using a sponge or soft cloth.

Avoid spraying or allowing water to flow over the following places:

  • Ignition switch
  • Spark plugs
  • Fuel tank cap
  • Fuel injection system
  • Brake master cylinder

Once the dirt has been completely removed, rinse off the detergent with running water.