MAINTAIN YOUR BIKE IN THE SPRING

In the early days, we want to ride his bike and go out to enjoy the excellent weather. But be careful, first ensure that your two-wheel is in perfect working condition to hit the road.

Indeed, after more than three months in the garage, some checks are required. To enjoy the spring and learn how to check your gear yourself, follow the guide.

Recharge the battery

To avoid the empty cell, it is best to unplug it before wintering. If you ever forgot, your battery may not restart in the spring. You then have several solutions:

  • The first solution is to recharge your battery with a charger suitable for motorcycles. Some “smart” chargers will be able to adapt the charging intensity according to the state of the cell. This can be useful if you drive very little or on short trips. A reminder: a battery starts charging from 50 km of traffic.
  • If your battery does not start, you can choose to buy a new one or recharge it with the array of a car using cables. Be careful when connecting the wires and observing the polarity of the terminals.

Control the levels

Before going out on a motorcycle, it is essential to check the fluid levels that ensure the proper functioning of your bike:

Engine oil level

This level should be regularly checked, especially if your engine is not cooled by liquid but by air. This check must be carried out cold so that the oil is lowered back into the crankcase. Depending on your type of engine, the oil may be in different tanks. For a two-stroke engine, the oil is located in a separate container while the four-stroke drivers have a dedicated crankcase or an auxiliary tank.

To check the oil levels, two types of control differ depending on the type of motorcycle: the visual inspection by a window or by the gauge on a rod. If the oil is missing, top up with a suitable oil can and a funnel.

If you notice a whitish color of the oil is that it is emulsified: moisture due to condensation in the housing has deteriorated the lubricity of the fuel. This can happen in particular if you use your motorbike infrequently. In this case, it will then be necessary to empty the engine and replace the oil filter.

Box oil

This level varies little (except in the case of leakage), but regular checking can reveal a problem early enough. To carry out this check, you will need to remove a screw or a plug to check that the liquid level is visible. If there is a lack of liquid, you will have to put it back through the same hole or another one (find out from the instructions for use).

Cooling liquid

The coolant lowers: this liquid allows (if your engine is not cooled by air, water, or oil) to cool the engine and clean the cooling system, lubricate the water pump and prevent corrosion. During the winter, this liquid could freeze and possibly crack a breach: check that there is no damage. The mark on the expansion tank will show you the fluid level. The filling is done cold. Otherwise, it will burn.

Brake fluid

The level of brake fluid (or Lockheed) drops with the wear of the pads: if there is more liquid, the pads are at the end of their life. It will then be necessary to change them. You must also grease the brake control cables. The draining of the brake system and the replacement of the fluid are quite technical and often require the intervention of a professional. Remember to carry out this emptying every two years.

Evaluate tire pressure and condition

Tires are essential for your motorcycle safety. You will find all the information you need in your service manual: tire pressure for one person or two people. This level of stress applies to cold tires (the weight increases by about 0.3 bar when the tires are hot). To measure the weight, you can invest in a pressure gauge.

In addition to the pressure of the tires, it will also be necessary to check their general condition. The tire tread and tire sidewalls must be free of rips and cuts. Also, remember to control the sculptures and their depth: it must not be less than one millimeter. If that were the case, you would have to change your motorcycle tires.

Check chain and controls

This step is crucial since the tension of the string guarantees smooth and fluid driving. At the end of the winter, before leaving on the road, check that your chain is still tight (leave about 3cm of slack) and give it a little update. You can clean it, then put motorcycle chain grease or lubricate it. However, do not hesitate to change the motorcycle chain kit if it is worn.

Like the chain, the controls must be checked and lubricated. Check the control cables and make sure they keep a light play. Too tight, they could break and put your safety at risk. Remember to lubricate them, especially if your bike has remained in a place a little wet or the rain.

If in doubt, consult a professional who will advise you and preserve your safety. These checks only ensure the proper functioning of your machine; they do not replace the opinion of a professional.

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