Part of being a motorcycle owner involves epic breakfast runs, off-road adventures and track days. The not so fun aspect of owning a motorcycle is the maintenance needed to keep your bike running smoothly, especially if you’re a daily rider. Regular maintenance is recommended for the following reasons,
- Prevents costly breakdowns
- Improves the second-hand value if ever you decide to sell
- Most importantly, it ensures your safety on the road.
To help keep you on the right track to maintaining your motorcycle, South Africa’s leading motorcycle battery manufacturers have a short guide to keep your motorcycle going for longer.
- Break it in properly
Most manufacturers suggest 1000km break-in period. During this time, avoid riding your new motorcycle too hard, and give it time to learn your riding style.
- Check oil regularly
Like a car, your motorcycle needs oil to run smoothly. Check the oil level every 5 000km.1 Remember, your bike will use more oil in summer.
- Take care of the chain
Ensure your chain has the right amount of slack at the tightest spot. Too much tension may cause problems for your wheels and gearbox bearings. The pros suggest you add lube to your chain after a ride, while the chain is warm, which increases absorption.
- Clean air filter
A dirty or ill-fitting air filter can result in dirt entering your engine, which can cause costly problems. Be sure to check your air filter every 10 000km and 5 000km intervals if you do a lot of off-roading.
- Check the battery
As motorcycles are exposed to more natural elements, the battery often accumulates grime around the terminals. Clean the terminals using a simple solution of baking soda, water and a toothbrush, or you can take it to a specialist battery fitment centre, such as Battery Centre. If you do it yourself, remember to disconnect the terminals first!
With expert advice from South Africa’s leading battery manufacturer, you can keep your motorcycle running smoothly, for longer.
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First National Battery is South Africa's leading battery manufacturer for industries and applications rangingfrom automotive (including industrial, commercial and passenger vehicles), mining, railway and renewable energy to surface traction, telecommunicationsand standby battery solutions. Their vehicle battery solutions are trusted by all leading carmanufacturers in South Africa. They produce more than 2.2 million batteries each year and export their leading solutions to morethan 40 countries.