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Ideally, every motorcycle owner should have a basic knowledge of how to perform several repairs on their bike. This will make you feel more in control and increase your understanding of the way the motorcycle operates. All it takes is a basic set of motorcycle repair tools, a manual, and the time to complete the repairs. Just think of the satisfaction associated with knowing the way to complete even a few basic repairs on your bike. Here are a few you should know.
Anyone that owns a car realizes it's important to check tire pressure on a regular basis. Checking the tire pressure on your bike is just as important. Even the smallest pressure change could make maneuvering the bike difficult and set you up for an accident. Consult your owner's manual for the correct tire pressure and learn the proper way to use a pressure gauge.
It is important to make sure you know the proper way to change the oil on your bike. Always purchase motorcycle oil and avoid exchanging motorcycle oil for car oil. Check your owner’s manual for instructions on the process. Generally, all that is required is the proper wrench.
It is vital for your motorcycle to maintain the proper chain tension while out on the road. Improper chain tension will reduce the life of the drive chain and could mean danger for motorcycle riders. Check your owner's manual for the proper way to adjust the bike to the proper chain tension. The owner's manual should also provide information on torque settings too. Torque setting is the amount of force to use tightening the chain. You can ask a trusted mechanic for help on this step if you need.
Check the air filters on the motorcycle every time you change the oil. This is a good practice to keep the motorcycle up and running efficiently. Motorcycles have several types of air filters. They include paper filters, foam filters, and cotton filters. Check your service manual for instructions on the proper way to remove and clean your type of air filter.
Replacing a dead battery is one repair every motorcycle owner should learn first. Generally, the battery is located under the seat or near the gas tank. Make checking the battery a part of regular maintenance on the motorcycle. Once again, check your service manual for the proper instructions on replacing or recharging your motorcycle battery.
Knowing a few basic motorcycle repairs is a good way to save hundreds or thousands of dollars on motorcycle repairs and avoid accidents.