Know the correct way of Cleaning your bike & keeping it maintained
Moto purchased, insurance contract taken out, it is now time to devote yourself to the maintenance of your horse. The first thing to do is to read the maintenance manual for your bike: everything you need to know about good practices to maintain your bike is already included in it!
You will find in particular the frequency of the checks to be carried out, by oneself or at a professional. If you can not find the maintenance manual for your motorcycle, turn to the Motorcycle Technical Review.
Know that, without being a professional mechanic, you must check in priority:
Since the batteries of a motorcycle are smaller than those of a car, you need to pay a special attention to that of your 2 wheels. At the slightest sign of weakness, recharge it!
Replacing the oil filter regularly is necessary to prevent the accumulation of impurities.
It is necessary to check their pressure at least once a month.
If your bike is equipped with a chain, you must regularly check its tension and do not forget to proceed with its lubrication, in order to preserve its life.
The lighting and signaling system:
For your safety, check the correct operation of your high beams.
Clean your bike:
The cleaning of the motorcycle is an integral part of the general maintenance of a motorized 2 wheelers. Indeed, you will quickly realize that thanks to a regular cleaning, the current maintenance of your motorcycle is facilitated, even made possible.
Wash your bike thoroughly to avoid corrosion:
Lack of safety, very difficult maintenance, lower market value: this is basically what your motorcycle risk if you let corrosion form, so thoroughly wash the entire motorcycle, taking care that water does not spill over the electrical parts or into the air filter. If necessary, cover them with a plastic sheet.
So, you must:
- Pass the first jet of water on the bike to dust it off;
- Wash the entire motorcycle taking care that water does not enter electrical appliances or the air filter;
- Clean all parts of the exhaust as corrosion is easily formed.
- If your bike is chain drive, never forget to grease it after every wash.
- remember to wipe the chrome parts after washing, never leave them wet! This prevents the formation of rust.
It is a good practice to treat the painted parts with a bright wax in every three months. Not only will their shine be brighter, but this wax is a good preventative against rust.
How to maintain your motorcycle helmet?As important is the maintenance of your motorcycle, the maintenance of the helmet, major protection of the driver, is necessary for your safety!
Indeed, even the approved helmets do not have a specific life, it is estimated that it is good to change them every 2 to 5 years, everything, of course, depends on the use of the bike and helmet.
Thus, the longevity of a 2-wheeled helmet depends a lot on its maintenance.
Here are some tips to wash your motorcycle helmet:
Wash the outside of the helmet:
Use soapy water and a sponge. Rub the dirty areas, then rinse with clear water;
Wash the inside of the helmet:
Remove the inner foams and wash them in soapy water. Rinse them and let them dry well before putting them back in the helmet;
Clean the screen:
If your screen is anti-fog and scratch-resistant, clean it carefully so as not to affect the effectiveness of the treatment. Use lukewarm water, a soft cloth, and dishwashing liquid.
- Note: Do not dry your helmet with the hair dryer as you may damage the polystyrene shell of the cap!