Riding a motorcycle is a way of life. It is freedom; nothing but you, your wheels, the wind, and the road exist. The hum of the motor drowns out all of the other noise of modern life. It is for this experience that you want to have your motorcycle in top condition at all times.
Most motorcycle enthusiasts want to have a quality ride; high performance vehicles require proper maintenance to stay in running shape. Furthermore, regular preventative care will help your vehicle stay out of the shop. Unexpected repairs can wreck anyone’s budget in today’s economy. The last thing you want to do is to lose weeks worth of pay over damage done to your hog by forgetting to take care of regular, easy, and cheap maintenance.
Obviously spending your entire life doing work on your motorcycle defeats the purpose of having one, however there are some quick and easy components which, with regular inspection, can keep you up to date. The battery, oil, chain and sprocket, tires, and fuel are heavy wear components that need regular checks. Keeping tires with good tread and proper air will save wear on other parts of your motorcycle. The chain and sprockets need proper lubrication. Brake fluid and oil need to be at the right level in order to prevent a problem with breaking or damage to the engine. Battery fluid levels need to be kept up and the charge held at 100 percent.
These types of high wear components can easily cause damage to more expensive, larger parts of the bike. Motorcycle maintenance is about preventing a situation where you are stuck on the side of the road somewhere remote or in inclement weather. Motorcycle maintenance helps stave off terribly unaffordable major repairs, which are guaranteed to occur if you let such things as fluid levels get into states of disrepair.
While perpetually babysitting your high performance vehicle, which you primarily ride for fun, is not the way to go, keeping up with these easy, quick, and cheap checkups can prevent you from spending your weekend taking your motorcycle to be serviced, or worse, thumbing a ride from a trucker from the remote location you broke down in. Keep your bike in good shape; you’ll thank yourself for the good habits later.
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