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Tips for excellent bike health

Bike Maintenance TIPS


Tires


Regularly check the tire condition and air pressure. Ensure tire pressures are maintained at manufacturer recommended levels. Check your tires for cuts and scrapes on your tires, which could cause a blowout. Also, check the tire treads once every week and have the wheels balanced and therefore the alignment checked if the wear and tear are uneven.


Engine Oil


Engine oil plays a crucial role in ensuring smooth operation and maintenance of the bike and maintaining an accurate engine oil level is vital. Check engine oil level regularly. Check for oil leakage. The oil thickens thanks to carbon deposits creating embroil the movement of engine internals. Running the bike on dirty oil won't only increase fuel consumption but also reduce the lifetime of the engine.


Air Filter

Keep the air cleaner clean as dusty conditions in India tend to clog the filter in no time. Change the air cleaner at recommended intervals and increase the cleaning frequency is particularly dusty climes.


Clutch

Should be properly adjusted and have the proper amount of free play. An overtightened clutch will cause it to slide unnoticeably and increase fuel consumption while also burning it out quickly.


Engine

Regular servicing and tune-ups will keep the engine running like clockwork and reduce your petrol bills. Pay special attention to cleaning the carburetor and maintaining valve clearances. Keep carburetor clean. Every 1500 km, clean out the carburetor float chamber and other parts. Don’t neglect the sparking plug, ensure it's clean, the gap is about correctly, or replace it if past its prime as it’s the foremost crucial link in proper combustion. Clean sparking plug regularly, preferably every 750 km for two-stroke bike and each 1,500 km for the four-stroke bike. Most modern bikes require the choke to be used on cold starts as they run lean to satisfy emission norms also as fuel efficiency requirements.


Transmission System

A bike’s chain needs regular lubrication, cleaning, and adjustment. Wash the chain with paraffin, a soft brush, and a bit of fabric and take away the dirt accumulated within the chain. Don’t use water because it might rust the chain links. After the dirt is cleaned with the comb and paraffin wipe the chain with a clean dry cloth. Lubricate the chain links and therefore the chain with used engine oil. Check if your bike’s chain features a free play of 2-4 mm generally by moving the tie-down and down during a vertical direction together with your fingers. Your bike’s chain must have the right tension and free play of the rear wheel. If the strain is more the chain won't power the rear wheel smoothly during motion. If just in case the chain is loose, the facility delivery from the engine to the rear wheel won’t be optimal and there'll be loss of power thanks to slippage. Take the bike to your mechanic or service center and obtain it adjusted to the manufacturer’s specifications. Never over-rev your RPM going at high-speeds continuously, because it may damage your bike’s engine.

Never shift your bike from fifth gear to first instantaneously because it damages the piston rings.


Cleaning

Clean the two-wheeler body surface regularly to take care of the surface finish. Before cleaning the motorcycle, make sure that the switch unit, H.T. Coil, and silencer are covered using plastic sheets. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, try parking your bike near some shade because it becomes dull if exposed to frequent sunlight.


Battery

The motorcycle battery needs periodical maintenance to make sure an extended and trouble-free life. Top up with distilled water whenever required. Check for any leakage from the battery. It should be clean and free from any leakages. In the case of non-use of a motorbike, the battery should be kept fully charged.


Brakes

Keep both brakes properly spaced. Keeping them too tight (too urgent), or too loose (too late) is dangerous. Brakes should be tightened as per the rider’s personal style and requirement. Get your bike’s restraint replaced (front) if screeching sound persists, as sometimes it happens thanks to lack of oil also.

Change your bike’s fork oil once every 12000 kilometers.

Check sprockets and replace them if necessary (wear out limit 40000 kilometers).

Try and maintain a speed of 40 to 60 kilometers.


 

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