Your first motorbike will be a source of pride on the road and in the garage, but it needs careful maintenance.
Purchasing your first set of two wheels, perhaps from a Suzuki motorcycle dealer in London, is a fantastic moment but as with any vehicle, allowing it to suffer through a lack of care could reduce performance or worse yet create a hazard.
Here are several tips to take basic care of your motorcycle; if you struggle with any of these tips, consult the dealer – we all owned our first bike at some point.
As with cars, lorries, bicycles and anything with wheels, the tyres on a motorcycle will inhibit the bike's performance if underinflated. Handling and braking will both be sluggish as the tyre grips the road unevenly, and fuel efficiency will drop. Pumping the tyres is an easy job that can be done from home or at a garage, and the correct pressure will be found in the user's manual.
You knew how to check the chain on your bicycle, so why wouldn't you perform roughly the same action on a motorbike? Canyon Chasers can explain some of the dangers with incorrect tension in these videos, but the possible effects include premature wear, unsmooth gear change, poor suspension performance and many more. Again, check the manual for tightening or loosening the chain, remembering to have an adult sitting on the bike as you do so to simulate a realistic ride.
There are two main jobs, both of which are worth knowing; topping up and changing completely. The levels will be easily found on the side of the expansion tank, so this job is a simple one. Changing the coolant is only to be done when the engine is cold. Remove the cap and let the old coolant flow out into a container, before reattaching the hose and filling up – check instructions on the coolant to gain the correct mix.
Your manual will yet again prove the point of reference, but if you know how to change the oil of a car you'll soon learn how to do it with a motorcycle. The filter could be done at the same time, but make sure you purchase the correct one – consult your manual or dealer if unsure. It's quite a tough job that will require brute strength or a rachet.
They don't need looking at regularly, but cleaning and replacing is quite a simple job with some bikes but difficult with others – check online for your particular ride.
You'll want your new bike to look its shiniest and best, and the good news is that cleaning a bike can be done quickly and easily with very little equipment – remove loose dirt, clean with a sponge, use a damp cloth with a solution of detergent and water for plastic parts., and rinse everything down. Don't forget to clean your helmet, which also includes your visor, although be careful not to leave smear. Once you become more proficient, you might want to embark on this step by step guide for the helmet, and on these video tips for the bike itself.