Continuing from the previous week’s blog post I am going to be breaking down each of the items on the maintenance checklist to make sure your bike will be safe and ready to go for the new season.
Oil change: Changing the oil prevents your motorcycle’s engine from getting damaged. This is because oil changes allow for the removal of debris and other corrosive impurities that build up in the oil over time. As such, every motorcycle owner must examine the engine oil regularly.
Chain cleaning: cleaning and lubing your motorcycle chain helps extend your bike’s lifespan. Adequate and proper cleaning, lubing and lubricating of the chain is essential to increase the functioning of the sprockets, chain, wheel, and other parts of your bike.
Tire pressure/tread check
Battery check: Batteries have a finite life, so try to keep track of when your last battery was installed (check for date stamp on battery). Good preventative maintenance is simply to change a battery when it gets close to the end of its serviceable life.
Brake check: Most motorcycle manufacturers suggest that the brake fluid be changed or flushed every 2 to 3 years, and the level should be checked approximately every 100 to 200 miles. Air bubbles can infiltrate the master cylinder reservoir and affect the brake pads. The master cylinder should be filled with the right brake fluid.
Fork seal check: One of your regular maintenance jobs should be to check your fork seals for leaks, especially after you’ve been riding in dusty or sandy conditions. Knowing how to clean leaky fork seals may save you the unnecessary expense of replacing seals. Your bike’s fork seals are made up of two seals, the Oil Seal, and the Dust Seal.
Registration: you will need to register your motorcycle to make it legal to ride on the street
Insurance: you will need to have insurance on your motorcycle to protect you financially in the case of an accident.
Fresh gas: if you have old gas from previous years still in the tank it’s important to run all the old gas out and be replaced with new fresh gas to help you motorcycle run the best it can
Complete detail and wax- (optional of course) I personally give my bikes a regular wash and wax to help them look as good as possible when I am out riding.
Each of these steps is what you can follow to insure that your motorcycle will be great shape for the upcoming riding season.
Before each riding season it is a necessity to make sure you do all of your seasonal maintenance to make sure your bike is safe and ready to go. Somethings that most likely will need attention are :
Tire pressure/tread check
Fork seal check
Complete detail and wax
Each of these things listed are all things you want to stay on top of to make sure your bike will perform its best and stay in the best condition. In my next blog post I will get into why you want to specifically check each of these items listed and each of the benefits they have when changing or checking them are.
In my experience riding I’ve gotten the chance to get on quite a few bikes, but there were a few that stand out and these are my top 3 bike reviews.
2014 BMW s1000RR
This was my first ride on a 1000cc sport bike and it was unforgettable. The S 1000 RR, BMW is the most enhanced, dynamic and adrenaline fuelled motorcycle in the range. The RR Sport takes super sport riding to the next level, with performance enhancing features to fuel the passion of even the most demanding of track riders. This bike comes stock with 193 horsepower, which on a bike is a handful. Getting on one of these after being used to riding 600’s felt different because of the power and weight difference. The place where I saw the biggest difference was on the highway and in turns. This bike topped out at 186 mph with the stock ecu. I couldn’t lean the bike over as far in the turns because it was heavier and I didn’t feel comfortable enough on the new platform yet. But overall it was an amazing riding experience.
This was by far the best bike I’ve ridden so far for me personally. The 2012 Triumph Daytona 675R is a Sport Style Motorcycle equipped with an 675cc, Liquid Cooled, Horizontal In-line, DOHC, 4-Stroke Engine and a 6-Speed Manual Transmission. This bike has an inline 3 engine instead of the more typical inline for engine which gives it a very unique sound that I absolutely love. My full two brothers exhaust with headers sounds absolutely perfect and pops and crackles when I am just cruising. Overall this bike felt lighter, more nimble, and felt way easier to control in the corners. Also a nice ad that comes with the R model is the quickshifter which allows you to clutchless upshift from gears 2-6.
Light, powerful and bristling with knowledge gained from years of racing, the YZF-R6 is the most advanced production 600cc motorcycle Yamaha – or anybody else – has ever built. Yamaha is one of the best brands on the motorcycle market in a lot of people’s opinion and I also believe they are a phenomenal brand. This was my first bike I ever truly got to really ride without any restrictions and is what made me fall in love with motorcycles forever. This bike was slightly heavier and less nimble than the Triumph Daytona 675r I felt, but by no means was it a bad ride.
The 2022 riding season is fastly approaching and I couldn’t be happier. But before the season arrives there’s many things that need to be done before the bike hits the roads. First I will need to get my bike insured, registered, and inspected. Then I will just need to do my pre season oil change, chain clean, and full detail then my 2012 Triumph Daytona 675r will be ready to hit the road.
This season my dad and I have planned to go to the 2022 Bike week in Laconia, New Hampshire. Laconia Motorcycle Week is a motorcycle rally held annually in Laconia, New Hampshire, United States. The rally has its origin in the Loudon Classic motorcycle race started in 1916 and the Gypsy tour, during which many motorcyclists passed through Laconia. The scheduled events included races, shows and a motorcycle hill climb competition. The rally traditionally takes place over nine days in June, always the 2nd and 3rd full weekend. The 2022 event is due to take place from June 11 through June 19.