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Motorcycle maintenance

You need to have your motorcycle serviced regularly and use your owner’s manual to carry out safety checks before each journey.

  • Tyres should be in good condition and have a tread that is at least 1.5mm deep across the tread surface.
  • Check sidewalls don’t have any cuts, cracks or bumps and that the tyres don’t have worn or uneven tread.
  • Tyre pressure needs to be set to the optimal level and should be checked every two weeks when the tyres are cold.
  • Ensure your chain has the correct tension, as riding with a slack or worn chain can cause the rear wheel to lock.
  • Lubricant should be applied to the pivot points of the chain to ensure optimal operation.
  • Ensure the brake pads have sufficient material to stop the bike when the brakes are fully applied.
  • Check that the level of engine oil is in between the high and low marks on the inspection window.
  • The level of brake fluid on both the rear and master cylinder reservoirs should be checked regularly.
  • Make sure you check the coolant level and top up as required.
  • Ensure that the fork legs are operational and that there is no evidence of oil leakage.
  • Check that all front lights, high beams, low beams, brake lights, front and rear brakes and the horn are working.
  • Ensure that your battery contains the correct level of fluid, topping up if levels are low.


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