General bike service is easy enough that you can even do it by yourself at home. Getting hands-on with your bike is much easier than you think. You don’t have to be a mechanic to perform a simple servicing task for your bike. All you will need is a toolbox and some common sense. When it comes to the bike, doing small jobs by yourself can save your money and time.
So, have a look at the tasks that you can perform by yourself. These tasks will help you to maintain your bike up and running smoothly. These tasks may vary depending upon the type of your bike, whether commuter, sports, cruiser, or any other.
Some of the task for bike service at home are-
Air filter filters out dust particles present in the air and prevents them from reaching the other inner components of your bike. This air filter gets clogged after usage and will not let air pass through it to the engine. The absence of oxygen increases the load on the bike’s engine, and its performance decreases, which eventually leads to increased fuel consumption.
The cleaning of the air filter depends upon how often you ride but, you should clean it once a month. The air filter is easily accessible, and you can easily clean it with blowing pressurized air. After cleaning, re-install it. If the air filter is badly clogged, you should replace it with a new one.
Adjusting a drive chain and lubricating it is another simple task you can perform by yourself. Adequate adjustment of the drive chain is necessary for optimum transfer of engine power to the wheel. If the drive chain is very loose, you will face problems while changing gears. If it is too tight, then also it will lead to the stretching of the chain.
The motorcycle chain needs lubrication all of the time. Before lubricating the chain, clean it thoroughly with a thick brush and remove all the dirt accumulated over it.
Apply the chain lubricant on the chain. This lubricant will keep the chain smooth and ready for carefree running.
The function of oil is to lubricate the engine parts and to reduce friction between its components. Most motorcycles come with oil level checking dipsticks to have an eye over the engine oil level. Although it shows the minimum level, you should not wait for the engine oil to fall below the minimum level, change it regularly.
Oil changing is a simple task. Firstly, drain the oil present in your bike engine. Then pour the appropriate engine oil according to your bike’s needs and as mentioned in your bike’s user manual. You can also choose the perfect engine oil for a bike by reading ”How to choose the perfect bike oil.”
Adequate tire pressure is very much necessary for the smooth movement of your bike. It also decreases fuel consumption. Tires tend to lose pressure over time as the air seeps through the minute pores. You can check tire pressure at the petrol pumps or home by using a pressure gauge. The optimum value of tire pressure for your bike will be available in your bike’s user manual.
It is always better to check the tire pressure before starting a journey.
A bike’s battery needs care and attention for its proper working. The battery provides the necessary electric charge for starting a bike engine. It also stores the excess electric current generated by the alternator. Although many manufacturers offer maintenance-free batteries yet these batteries also need maintenance of their terminals. Regularly clean the terminals of a bike battery to prevent corrosion.
Brakes are crucial for the safety of riders as well as others. Never take any chance of safety. If your bike has disc brakes then check the pads regularly and clean them. If the brake pads are damaged, replace them with new ones.
In case your bike has drum brakes, then check the condition of the brake shoe. If they are fit for further usage, then rub them with sandpaper and re-install. If they are damaged, replace them. Also, scratch the inside surface of your tire drum with sandpaper to increase the friction and efficiency of braking.
Spark plug needs cleaning regularly. Spark plugs do not need replacement more often. They generally work well for a longer duration with regular maintenance.
For cleaning, remove the spark plug with the help of a plug wrench. Clean it with a thick brush. Meanwhile, also clean the spark plug socket with a soft piece of cloth in clockwise and anticlockwise movement.
Re-install the spark plug and remember not to over-tighten it.
If your bike has an air-cooled engine, then you can skip this step. Regularly top up the coolant if your bike has a liquid-cooled engine.
To change the coolant, firstly, drain the already present coolant, then pour the adequate coolant as mentioned in your bike’s user manual.
There are several components of a bike that need greasing for smooth working. Apply grease to the gearshift lever, kickstart lever, stand hinges, and brake and clutch cables.
Be careful not to apply grease anywhere near the brakes.
The last step after doing all the tasks is a thorough cleaning of the bike. Regularly wash your motorcycle as this will decrease the chances of corrosion of metal parts due to the accumulation of dirt and solids from the road. Always use a microfiber cloth as it will not put any minor scratches on your bike’s body.
These tasks are the most basic and simple ones that you can perform easily at home. These tasks will increase the life of your motorcycle and save you money.