A good cruise on your motorbike starts with great maintenance of your ride. Bringing it to your favourite repair shop is always a good idea. But even at home, there are specific steps you can take to maintain your vehicle.
That is why regardless of the season, you should always take these three steps to maintain your motorbike properly.
Care for the machine
More than the body, the off-road motorbike’s engine is one of the crucial points to take care of. You should never use water on the bearings, as this can lead to corrosion after too much humidity build-up. It is also necessary to use a transparent protective spray for aluminium parts that are not painted.
These parts include the engine and the transmission housing. For any exposed metal parts, it is best to clean them using a chromium polish.
Use cleaners over water
Washing your off-road motorbike is necessary to maintain its parts and keep away debris and bugs – but you should do this in moderation. Unless the motorbike has been through a rough off-road ride of mud and grime, it is best to hold off on soap and water and go for motorcycle-specific cleaners.
These cleaners have specific formulas tailored for the metals, plastics and other materials in your motorbike. Plus, it does not take away the wax, saving you time and resources for re-waxing.
Check all your bike’s fluids
The harshness of winter in New Zealand can be a deterrent to proper protection and care for your off-road motorbike. As such, one crucial step to include in your bike care is to double-check fluids and fill them up when necessary.
You need to fill the fluids for the brake, the clutch and the coolant. It is also a good idea to check the antifreeze so that the engine will not freeze up while driving through sub-zero environments. In line with this, make sure to get rid of old oil, which can become dirty and thick, causing serious damage to your motorbike.
These are the basics when it comes to caring for a motorbike. Paying attention to these small details is responsible management and maintenance that will ensure you of a smoother ride.