Motorcycle safety on the road encompasses not only skill and carefulness of the motorcycle user but also the condition of the machine.
Routine maintenance and servicing is part of ensuring your motorcycle is both safe and convenient to use. Maintaining a motorbike is quite easy and should not be just left to intermittent technician servicing.
From the bike’s handbook or the workshop manual, you can obtain valuable information for check-ups, adjustments, replacements and lubrication among other services on various motorcycle parts.
Servicing a motorbike will greatly enhance motorcycle safety on the road not to mention saving you a lot of time. Of course before performing serving on a motorbike, you should acquire all the necessary tools such as oil filter wrench, a set of metric sockets, torque wrench among other tools. Some of the essential and easier serving jobs on a motorcycle include the following:
Maintenance To Ensure Motorcycle Safety On The Road
Basics of maintenance
There are small tasks such as checking tire pressure as well as tread wear and punctures, spokes, the drive chain on an intermittent basis. Worn out treads should call for wheel replacement and repairs for punctures.
The chain slack should be adjusted when needed. Also, using recommended oils only, lubricate the drive chain as soon as it shows signs of drying up. Any leaks in the oil, fuel, coolant or break systems should call for check-ups or repair including soliciting professional help where needed.
It goes without saying that your Harley Davidson motorcycle engine should be in good working condition at all times because anything contrary will not only expose you to dangers on the roads but also reduce your motorbike’s lifespan considerably.
Perform routine oil and filter changes to flush out carbon debris or deposits as well as minimize internal friction. To change the oil and filters, first remove the drain plug attached to the sump and then drain the used oil out. Check the washer and replace the oil.
If the filter also needs replacement, unscrew the old oil filter and in place thread a new one. The air filter also needs to be occasionally cleaned or replaced if the current one is damaged or used up.
Paper air filters can easily be cleaned but foam elements require a cleaning solvent, drying and re-oiling. This also applies to spark plugs. However, there are advanced tasks that should be left to a qualified professional such as adjusting the valve clearance.
Breaks and suspension
There are quite a number of motorcycle accidents owing to brake or suspension failure. There are advanced break problems that are better left to a specialized mechanic but still a range of others such as replacement of brake pads, tightening or loosening the brakes, bleeding or flushing the brake fluid can be easily accomplished with the right set of tools.
Check the brakes for tears or leaks or both and replace them. Spare parts can be obtained from hardware shops or auto dealerships. The front forks are delicate and should be checked periodically for signs of compromised fork seals.
With the brakes fully pressed, lightly compress the forks. If the forks are not faulty they should not leave a coating from the fork oil, otherwise repair or replace them.
Electrical and fuel systems
These are undoubtedly one of the most difficult to test, understand and service unless you have technical knowledge. Bulbs and batteries perhaps may be easy but not the rest.
Another easy task is cleaning the carburetor but only for carbureted motorcycles. The fuel system may be even more complex if they use a fuel injection system that is electronically controlled.
Use Of Personal Injury Lawyers
Even with a proper functioning motorcycle and keenness on the road, it is still possible to find yourself involved in an accident. When an accident is as a result of another person’s negligence then you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Personal injury lawyers will usually not charge a fee on consultation but only based on a percentage of compensation. Despite this, there are several benefits of using a personal injury lawyer such as their knowledge of personal injury laws.
Our personal injury lawyers have the ability to negotiate for fair compensation as opposed to what you can achieve personally. We understand that getting into a motorcycle accident can be scary but when you call us, you can be assured that you will have someone on your side. You can call us any day including holidays and weekends at (800)200-7752 or fill out our contact form for a free initial consultation.