Do not leave the motorcycle on the street if you have the opportunity. This is especially important in the colder times of the year. Inclement weather can damage your bike in the long run. Do not forget to store the motorcycle helmet by keeping it in its cover and in a closed place, away from the sun, heat and corrosive products.
The maintenance is important. Therefore you will have to change the oil periodically and do not forget that the motorcycle consumes more oil when it is hotter. Also check the brake pads, as they are very important, always have your pads ready.
On the other hand, do not forget that you will have to control the pressure of your tires, you will also have to see if there are cracks in its path or if the depth of the tread is adequate.
Also check the oil fluid, coolant, and shock absorbers . All these aspects are essential to extend the life of your motorcycle if they are well cared for. Keep in mind that, in addition, the fork oil must be in optimal condition.
Keep the chain taut and greased. The manufacturer will have engraved the required voltage level on the mechanism. Check it and adjust it regularly, especially before a long trip.
The battery is another point to consider. Don’t forget that you will have to change the battery every two years.
In winter it is important to recharge it so that it is always ready. You will also have to check spark plugs, especially if your motorcycle has already been more than 10,000 kilometers. If you follow these steps your motorcycle will notice it.
Be careful with the battery
It is recommended that you change the battery of your motorcycle every two years, to ensure its longevity. Also, if you don’t use it frequently, you should make use of the circuit breaker, which totally disconnects the battery and eliminates the expense. Otherwise, it may be damaged. If the motorcycle does not have it as standard, installing it is a very good option.
Cleanliness is important
Do not forget that the exterior is also important on your motorcycle and not only in aesthetic terms. With this premise, it is essential to spend a few minutes, from time to time, to cleaning the vehicle, so that it does not spoil.
To do this, use a sponge and avoid, at all costs, scourers, as they can damage the surface, with a fatal result. Also pay attention to soaps and avoid those with components that can be excessively aggressive for the motorcycle.
After contemplating how shiny a good washing session has left your motorcycle, it is the turn to grease the chain, very important for the correct care and operation of the vehicle.
Check the chains
The chain must be tensioned according to what the motorcycle manual says. In addition, it is necessary to check that it is not stretched or worn, which would imply that it must be replaced.
If you are able to detach the links from the rear crown, it is an unequivocal sign that the whole assembly must be changed, and this should be done by a specialized workshop, because surely you will need tools that you rarely have at home.
Finally, a tire with adequate tread and pressure can continue to be a danger if the rubber is “stiff”, which is easily verified by trying to put your finger in it, if it is marked we are going well, if it is impossible or the tire shows cracks and symptoms of having lost elasticity, best to throw it away and fit a new cover. This must also be done in a specialized workshop, because used tires have to be recycled.
Don’t forget the coolant
If you have to change the fluid it is more complex than the oil, but not much more, check if the circuit is level if there have been no faults. If it has heated up, don’t be afraid: take the scooter to the workshop and have it checked for leaks, circuit pressure, condition of the radiator and bleeding the system. But if it goes well, it is enough to check that the liquid in the expander vessel is level . It will be more or less hidden depending on the scooter model; you will have to look in the instruction book how to look at it.