Regularly check your:
- Tyres – check them weekly and make sure they are at the correct pressure when checked cold and that they have at least 2mm of tread left across the centre ¾ of the tread. For greater safety, make it 3mm.
- Tyre pressure – always check this with the tyres cold as the pressure increases when hot.
- Brake pad thickness – check that the wear indicator grooves are still showing and replace both sets if you can’t see them.
- Brake and clutch fluid level – if it drops, check for leaks straight away and change the fluid at least every two years, as it absorbs water and becomes less effective.
- Oil – make sure that you support the bike upright on level ground to allow the oil level to stabilise.
- Chain and sprockets – a loose and unlubricated chain will wear out both chain and sprocket quicker than a properly adjusted one and it will sap power.
- Coolant level – it should not fall unless you have a leak.
- Fuel filter – make sure it is not clogged.
- The fluid levels on each chamber of your battery – if any chamber is low, carefully top it up. Use only distilled or deionised water, not tap water.
- Your lights and horn.
Keep your bike clean – if you wash your bike regularly not only will you maintain its value but you are also more likely to spot any loose or damaged parts.