- Car Care & Maintenance
Useful tips to maintain your motorcycle in a good condition
Hub Question: Give me some tips on motorcycle cleaning and maintenance
My Answer: Some useful tips to maintain your motorcycle in a good condition so as to achieve optimum performance
FOR GOOD MILEAGE:
Check your bike's tire pressure.
See that your bike's idling is not too high (suggested 1400 or 1300).
Get your carb retuned for mileage.
Do not exceed 4000 rpm.
For high speed riding:
Use K&N high performance air filters.
Get your carb retuned, ask for performance (mileage drastically reduces).
Shift gears @ 8500 rpm
Shift your bike's first gear @ 9000 rpm.
Up-jetting also helps.
Use different spark plugs.
For long life of your bike's engine:
Change engine oils at regular intervals (2000 to 2500 kilometers).
Never over rev your RPM going at high-speeds continuously, as it damages your bike's engine.
Never shift your bike from fifth gear to first gear instantaneously because it screws up your piston rings.
Never use bomber silencers or HRC"S because they damage your bike's engine.
OTHER MAINTENANCE TIPS:
Change your bike's fork oil once in every 12000 kilometers.
Check sprockets and replace them if necessary (wear out limit 40000 kilometers).
Get your bike's brake pads replaced (front) if screeching sound persists, as sometimes it happens due to lack of oil also.
Get your bike's taphead adjusted if necessary, get your exhaust cleaned if too much of carbon is present.
Get the bike's rims checked, it gets bent easily on Indian roads.
TIPS FOR CLEANING AND APPEARANCE:
Never use soap oil because it gradually fades the tank and other parts (use it only for rim and chain case).
Always use shampoo on the tank and visor and the other plastic parts.
Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, try parking your bike near some shade because it becomes dull if exposed to frequent sunlight.
More general points to remember:
Check the engine oil level weekly.
Keep adequate amount of petrol in bike (Use reserve petrol as less as possible).
Keep clutch, brakes, accelerator cables properly lubricated and in proper strength.
Maintain appropriate air pressure in tires as noted above.
Use a common petrol at all time (if speed then only speed , nothing else).
Maintain a speed of 40 to 60 kilometers.
Do not accelerate harshly and brake rashly.
Check bike for leakage of fuel or oil wastage.
Do not load the vehicle beyond its capacity.
Do not park the bike in excessive hot conditions as color of bike shades away and causes severe damage to digital meter as noted above.
All the bike needs during the first 1000 kilometers is smooth throttle operation
Just avoid increasing or decreasing the throttle in a rapid fashion.
I had touched 100 on my bike even before the first service and it did not harm but it increased the smoothness of the engine and the engine is still butter smooth after 15 months of its lifetime.
But I had never subjected the bike to rapid ups and downs during the first 2500 kilometers
Also do warming up in winter mornings.
If your bike has kick, then always begin your day with a kick-start.
Avoid water in your digital speedometer.
Apply brakes and gear change less and use when required.
Ride in 45 to 50 kilometers per hour, as it is economic fuel savings range when your bike engine is new.
Change engine oil when your bike completes first 700 kilometers (first service).
Use Shell Super/Speed/Xtra premium/Power petrol
If you have some other tips, please let me know in the comments.