Bike maintenance

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.