Some Basic Habits That Can Keep Your Bike Always New!
I will share some of my basic habits which if you too follow then these can help you in properly taking care of your motorbike so that it always looks astonishing and remains durable for much longer.
The very first thing I do to keep my motorbike durable is to regularly warm up the engine each day for 2-3 minutes just before I go for a ride.
Investing these couple of minutes can greatly help the engine of your bike, warming up makes the oil in the engine to lubricate it from the inside, making the engine to work optimally.
I Ride - I Don't Fly
I admit there was a time when even I used to ride my previous second hand bike (mine first bike though) very fast, and sometime even that much fast that it almost touched the danger level.
And it was that time when I experienced three things:
a) Flying On Roads Doesn't Save Much Time
Riding fast or throttling every now and then, at every small empty road space, along with the insane amount of repetition of applying breaks and changing gear, can only safe 5/10/ or max 15 minutes of my journey from home to office and vice-versa (where 25 KMs being the distance with some everyday traffic)
b) Engine Starts Hating You
My insane riding habits and usual everyday habit of desperation of reaching the destination at a lightening fast speed, only made matters worst for my bike.
I almost destroyed the engine not to mention how many times I had to change the clutch wires and other electrical parts.
The bike started misbehaving and used to stop in between the rides only making my journey more pathetic and worrisome. You can imagine how much difficult it can get when your machine stops suddenly and there is no mechanics nearby and there goes your 10 or 15 minutes that you wanted to safe by riding rashly - not to mention the extra bunch of hours you are about to waste next in finding the mechanic and then having your bike repaired, for it to be again destroyed by you with your usual bike riding habits.
c) Chances Of Accidents
Its a very critical situation with no limits, and if the rider is himself not careful, he is only increasing the probability percentage of meeting one.
Riding rashly and with no responsibility or maturity can get you into a lot of trouble and some can even be a permanent trouble.
Although I had been a rash rider for some time in the past, I did knew that accidentally colliding with some other vehicle could result in a very bad situation. So even though I used to ride rash I always had an utmost attention on other vehicles and on to their riders as well, to know how they are riding to avoid any mishappenings.
Yet inspite of all of this I too had some ridiculous bike fell down experiences, not due to any other vehicles but due to instantly emerging potholes, speed breakers, or even side walls while making a turn, which could have been easily avoided had I have been a calm or a responsible rider.
So even though I also made a few mistakes, but then I chose to correct them.
Now its my permanent habit to ride a bike or even drive a car with full responsibility and I always make sure to teach others the same as well - cause even if you try to calculate, riding rashly does not have any benefit at all - it only makes you meet with losses, damages, dangers, etc.
Getting your bike serviced regularly and specially as per the recommendation of the bike manufacturer can surely increase the lifespan of your machine to many years.
The day I got my new bike I remember that the first thing I spent my time on was to go through the service manual booklet.
I made sure that I am well versed with how many service I am gonna get for free, how many paid, warranty period, different parts and their service time frame, basic caring tips i.e. from recommended engine oil to what speed to maintain before the first service and so on.
Trust me the service manual is not something to be kept in some storage drawer for the dust to accumulate all over it. You should atleast go through with yours at least once before you keep it somewhere forever.
I even took the pictures of few pages to keep them safe in my phone's gallery so that I am always handy with the service information.
Simple Dry Cloth Cleaning At Home
Now service is surely an important step, but it is going to happen every 3-6 months or so, depending upon the type of machine you have, your KMs covered and as per your manufacturer's recommendation. So what about the other normal days?
By just simply cleaning or should I say removing the dust with any soft piece of cloth, that too without any lotions or some specially designed expensive cleaners, even once or twice a week will greatly maintain the appearance of your bike.
I am telling this because I myself do this. I don't use any lotions or some fancy cleaners for removing the dust. The day before I have plan for some riding, I simply clean the bike with a clean piece of dry cloth and wipe out the dust wherever I see them. But there's a small catch. I follow my own cleaning pattern, let me share this:
- I first clean my headlights, mirrors, and then the tail lights - because the cloth is clean and I would not want to use a dirty cloth on glass and mirrors.
- Now I clean the crome parts for e.g. back portion of the indicators, mirrors mounting bars/handles, silencer, etc. - because the cloth is still very much clean and it helps me to remove any dust particles on the crome parts.
- Finally I now clean all the remaining portion of the bike, i.e. from front mudguard to petrol tank to rear mudguard, etc.
And all of this only takes me 10-15 mins max and without any cleaning solution or even water. And what I get the next day is fully operational, cleaned and dashing bike ready to hit the roads and grab attention.
Don't Distribute The Bike
By this what I mean is that unless you have a very old bike which you don't care that much, you should not share the controls of your bike with just about every other person or friends.
A vehicle who is ridden and maintained single handedly has a much longer durability lifespan compared to the ones which are controlled by multiple people.
Now it may sound harsh of not letting your friend test your bike but its totally your decision. But I normally prefer to say sorry rather than listening to the sorrys of others after they do some damage. Specially after I have been through with these situations a dozens of time - A story for some other time.
Basically if you have a full trust on the person then offcourse you can lend your bike for him to enjoy or experience a little fun.
However, its always a little better (too much better actually) if the sharing of the controls with every other person can be controlled or if the controls could be given only to a mature and trustable person, unless there's some emergency or something very important.
So take the decision wisely.
Now this is something which may not be possible for everyone. But I will definitely share an alternative for that.
With god's grace I have a covered parking and normally since I am most of the time busy in my office work so I only get time to ride on saturdays and sundays and some occasional now and then when required. And even though I had been using a bike cover in the very beginning, I felt that since its a covered parking so it doesn't accumulate that much dirt.
However, if you don't happen to have a covered parking and you too happen to ride your bike only 2/3 or 4 times a week - then using a bike cover can be a very nice option. Just don't be lazy in thinking that its a waste of time, believe me guys you will be surprised in a long run, plus it only takes 2 mins to cover the bike with the cover.
However, if you happen to ride your bike almost everyday then putting a cover on each night, may not be that much of a great idea. Because dust only accumulates when the object is in a steady state for some longer time. So in your case you can too just wipe out any small dust particles once or twice a week and your bike should remain good as new.
Unless, there's some visible scratch, corrosion, paint fading, etc., only then you can offcourse look for some available after market products or service or even contact your manufacturer's service station to see and learn on how to fix them ASAP without delaying it further.
So these were some of mine very basic rules or habits as we may say it and I have never experienced anything bad with my bike. And till today people don't believe that its a 3 years old machine - they usually think I recently bought it.
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