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Hog Riders: How to Best Take Care of Your Motorcycle

The motorcycle is an item that most owners want to keep for a lifetime. Some Harleys cost as much as new luxury cars, so treat your motorcycle like you would any high-end vehicle. Know when to maintain the vehicle and how often. Here are a number of ways to take optimal care of your motorcycle.

Maintenance Services

Maintain your motorcycle when it reaches a certain age or mileage. Your owner's manual has a recommended service guide for your vehicle; however, assume that maintenance is best performed once a year. Old motorcycles used during the '90s and '80s still run well after years of proper care. In fact, certain high-end motorcycles may need more maintenance than regular cars.

To repair a Harley motorcycle, you are better off with a service center that specializes in this brand like Harley-Davidson of Dallas. You need service technicians who have repaired hundreds of motorcycles that look and function like yours.

Oil Changes

The requirements to change the oil are similar for a motorcycle and a regular car. Changing the oil is one of the most important steps needed to protect the engine.

Find the right oil to use and the changing frequency in the owner's manual. The motorcycle parts wear down quickly if you wait too long for a change. The oil has additives that prevent the buildup of debris and contaminants in the engine.

Air Filter Changes

Clean or change the air filter regularly. The motorcycle constantly takes in air that is filtered to prevent contamination of the engine. up the air filter. In every place you drive, there are dirt and dust particles that get clogged up inside of the vehicle. Driving your vehicle often in muddy or dusty areas means that you should change the filter more often.

Tire Checks

Next to the engines, the tires are the first parts to wear down on a vehicle. Check for a normal tire pressure that is not too low or too high. A low pressure means a low driving performance from tires that drag along the ground. A too-high pressure increases the risk of tires that rupture and wear out quickly. Driving on poorly conditioned tires is the leading cause of many accidents.

Owning a motorcycle includes enjoying it and taking care of it. The Harley is an investment that becomes more expensive only if you don't maintain it. You took a lot of time to select this motorcycle, so you are expected to maintain your ride for many more years of use.

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