If you want your motorcycle to last for years then you need to make sure it is properly taken care of, that doesn’t mean babying your bike but it does mean you have to maintain it regularly.  Here is a bike maintenance checklist to keep it good running condition for years to come.

Read Your Owner’s Manual

With every model of motorcycle the manufacturer provides an owner’s manual with offers you the best information for maintenance and servicing your bike.  The manufacturer has done extensive testing and knows when the oil should be changed and when you need a tune-up.  You can also go to the manufacturer’s website and buy a service manual.  If you are planning on doing your maintenance yourself then it is well worth the investment.  It can show you how to rebuild parts of your bike should you need to.  This is ideal if you are buying a vintage bike rather than new.

If you want your motorcycle to last for years then you need to make sure it is properly taken care of, that doesn’t mean babying your bike but it does mean you have to maintain it regularly.  Here is a bike maintenance checklist to keep it good running condition for years to come.

Breaking in Your Bike

When you buy a brand new bike, how you ride it in the first couple of hundred miles is crucial to your engine’s life.  That means treating the first couple of months on your bike with some care.  As written above read the owner’s manual to find out things like what type of oil your bike needs, it will also tell you whether or not you can go past a certain number of RPMs.  Each bike is different and it will come with its own list of restrictions that you need to know.

Change Your Oil Regularly

Oil changes for motorcycles are part of regular maintenance and they help your engine to live longer. Oil that is old or filled with debris isn’t keeping your engine properly lubricated.  If you ride in a dry dusty area you may need to change it a bit more frequently, but typically it is around every 3,000 miles.  Here is how you can do it yourself.

Bearings

The bearings on your bike will need to be greased on a regular basis especially if you ride a street bike.  Sealed bearing don’t need a great deal of maintenance but suspension linkages will.  Greasing also gives you the chance to inspect your bike and make sure everything is working smoothly and no other parts are going to need replacing.