Many motorcycle owners take pride in maintaining their bikes. However, inexperienced bikers may get into some trouble down the road if they don’t take the time to educate themselves on motorcycle care. If you’re a new biker, these five tips can help you avoid making a motorcycling mistake.
- Modify your motorcycle permanently: It’s tempting to modify your bike with fancy wheels and chrome accessories, but it’s also important to think long-term. When it comes time to sell, most dealers offer high trade-in prices for motorcycles with their original parts and paint. Why? Modifications are often made to hide evidence of a crash or other damage. So keep the original paint job and reinstall original parts (you can sell any add-ons separately) before selling.
- Let tires go flat: Your owner’s manual tells you what the tire pressure should be. Under-inflation can cause instability while braking and cornering, along with a tendency to overheat and wear unevenly. Over-inflation can cause poor balance, along with reducing the life of the tires. Check your tire pressure every month and inflate as needed.
- Use poor quality tools: Using subpar tools can damage small parts of your bike, such as stripping screws. If you intend to personally put a lot of work into your bike, investing in a quality tool set is critical for successful mechanical work.
- Over-tighten bolts: Mechanics say that one the most common mistakes amateur motorcycle tinkerers make is over-tightening bolts. This happens when you use too much force while tightening bolts and can cause stripped threads, among other issues. To solve the problem, add a torque wrench to the tool set mentioned above. Your owner’s manual will detail necessary torque settings.
- Leave your motorcycle dirty: Washing your motorcycle is particularly important during winter because road salt and other grime works fast to corrode bare metal components. If you do ride in the winter, give your bike a quick ten minute wash after each ride. All it takes to prevent hundreds to thousands of dollars in damages is a bit of scrubbing with car shampoo and a thorough rinse.
We’ll protect your bike as if it was our own. Call Lancette Agency at (651) 264-1230 for more information on Minneapolis motorcycle insurance.