You probably spent a considerable amount of time and money on your bike. To make sure that your investment holds, you are going to need to take care of the machine well. This means frequently giving your cycle an once-over. This way, you will be able to catch any problems ahead of time. In addition to helping prevent wear and tear to the machine, it is also a matter of safety. Having malfunctioning components can severely compromise the security of the cycle. To avoid all of this, here are a few things that you need to keep an eye on:
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Check Tyres Frequently
If you ride quite often, then the motorbike tyres are the ones to take the greatest brunt of this constant use. As such, they have the greatest propensity to exhibit wear and tear or damage. This is why you should check them quite often. Check the wheels each time that you get off the machine. This is to make sure that there are no punctures or tears. It will also help to establish that there are no nails or other objects embedded in the rubber. Another thing that you will need to examine is the pressure. You will need to make sure that the tyres are not pumped up too much but at the same time they should not be deflated. All of this important to ensure that you maintain control when riding.
Keep Your Engine Clean
Equally as important is the maintenance of your engine. One of the things you should make a note of is to keep your carburettor clean. You should do clean out this equipment about every 1500 kilometres that you travel. This can be a bit of a tricky job, especially if you are not very familiar with the overall structure of the machine. Therefore, you might be better off getting a mechanic to help you out with this. The other thing you should remember to do is to clean out the spark plug every so often as well. You should do this about the same time as you clean out the carburettor. Do not forget to check the spark plug gap as you put it back.
Inspect Engine Oil
The engine oil helps to keep the whole machine running smoothly. This is why you need to examine it frequently to ensure that it is at an optimal level. This helps to keep the rest of the motorcycle well lubricated as well. Another thing that you should watch out for is the build-up of carbon deposits. When this happens, the consistency of the oil thickens, creating a hindrance in the internal components of the engine. If this continues, you can mess up the workings of the engine pretty badly. In addition, to making frequent checks, you should also ensure that there are no leaks from where the oil may be flowing. If you notice that the bike is not functioning as normal, odds are is that there is a problem with either the oil or the engine.
These are just a few components that you should watch out for. Remember, even if you do not know how to perform the necessary checks, make sure that an experienced individual does it for you. This will help your machine last longer and ride better.