Most Important Part of a Motorcycle
Every motorcycle owner should be knowledgeable about their motorbike's components. Motorcycle parts knowledge includes understanding the operations of the components, selecting the appropriate parts based on the bike type and riding patterns and maintaining the parts.
Maintaining your bike well isn't just important for your safety, it can also save you quite some money by prolonging the life of specific components. A helmet and jacket can help protect you in the event of a fall, but quality parts that are properly maintained can be the difference between life and death. It just takes one flaw to result in a deadly accident.
Maintaining the engine of your motorbike is critical for your safety and to maintain it in top working order. When you ensure timely maintenance of the engine, it can help you enjoy your ride for a long time. Furthermore, keeping a note of the manufacturer's recommended maintenance instructions can come in handy in the future.
In this article, we'll go over seven essential motorcycle engine care suggestions. To guarantee that your engine improves its performance and remains mechanically sound, we recommend that you follow a maintenance regimen. As we all know, proper engine care will save you money in the long run, so it's always best to be safe than sorry.
The Air Filter
When your motorbike's air filter becomes clogged with dust and grime, it will be unable to breathe correctly. This results in a loss of power or average performance from your motorcycle.
You must manually remove the filters and check them for any signs of blockage. If you see that they are in poor condition, you should replace them right away.
Cleaning the air filter every 10,000 kilometers or so is recommended if you want your motorcycle to stay in good shape.
Dirt and dust are kept out of the engine by air filters. If you live in an area where there is a lot of dust and grime, you may need to clean the filters every week. Less maintenance would be necessary for locations with less crowded air.
To properly do engine maintenance on your motorbike, we recommend that you first learn about the various parts and their duties. It will be much easier to diagnose and avoid future issues if you do so. It's also a good idea to go over the owner's handbook to see if the manufacturer has any advice.
Spark plugs are critical to the overall functioning of your motorbike, no matter how little they are. If they look to be highly corroded or unclean, it is in your best interest to replace them as soon as possible to avoid wear. Make sure the motorbike has cooled down for at least 2 hours before you start working on the spark plugs.
You might try cleaning the old spark plugs. After that, remove them with a spark plug socket or ratchet, and check it. It is acceptable if it appears to be orange. If it appears white, though, it may be an indicator that the engine is already overheating.
Having a spark plug that's turned dark, on the other hand, indicates that the fuel and air combination is excessively rich. It's critical to understand that you should use a can to eliminate them.
It's critical to remember that before you remove the plugs, you should blow in the hole with compressed air from a can. This will effectively remove any dirt and debris, preventing them from falling into your motorcycle's engine after the plug is removed.
If you don't ride your motorbike much, you should visually examine the chain every 500 to 700 miles or twice a month. If you're unfamiliar with the purpose of the chain, it transfers power from the engine to the back wheel. Cleaning and adjusting it, if necessary, is required to ensure that it continues to function safely.
If you don't inspect your motorcycle's chain on a regular basis, it might lead to disaster. Failure to do so will very certainly cause significant damage to your motorbike, as well as serious injuries and abrasions to you as the rider.
Maintaining your motorcycle's chain entails ensuring that it has the proper amount of slack, particularly where it is tightest. Too much stress on the wheels, as well as the gearbox bearings, is likely to cause difficulties. Another suggestion is to lubricate the chain immediately after a ride while it is still warm.
Changing the fluid, depending on the manufacturer's recommendations, is another necessary maintenance task to do, especially if your motorbike is still under warranty. You may not realize it, but using the incorrect fluid, such as vehicle oil, instead of the appropriate oil for your motorbike might void the warranty.
You should also inspect the brake fluid, which is in charge of the brake's precision. If you see that the level is already low, it might lead to a loss of compression, which could lead to brake failure. Also, make sure the battery fluid level is correct. It will not be able to work correctly if it looks dry.
You should also examine the sort of fuel you use in your motorcycle to ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible. Depending on the engine issue, you may need to use higher-grade gasoline. However, it is important to remember that using a higher-grade fuel only to improve the motorcycle's overall performance is not suggested.
You should be aware that a higher octane rating does not always imply improved performance or lifespan. As a result, we recommend that you only use the gasoline grade that your motorcycle's manufacturer recommends. Who knows, it might possibly result in long-term harm to your engine due to compatibility concerns.
You'll need to replace the oil every few thousand miles to ensure that your engine operates smoothly. Consult your owner's handbook for further information.
To begin, ride the bike for approximately five minutes simply to get it warmed up. "This reduces the viscosity of the oil, making it simpler to drain," adds Olesen. Turn the engine off, make sure that the bike is standing upright and remove the bike's drain.
You should also remove the fill plugs so the oil can flow straight into your drain pan. (To access the drain plug, you may need to remove some fairing.) Remove the oil filter as well.
This is a messy procedure!
To prevent drippage, wrap the engine and/or exhaust area with aluminum foil. Install a new oil filter, replace any parts you removed, and refill with the right quantity and kind of motorcycle oil, as indicated in the owner's handbook. Use a funnel and the proper amount and type of motorcycle oil.
Remove the oil fill cover and replace it. Reach out to a bike repair shop or your municipal facility to recycle the oil that you removed.
Of course, we have touched on quite a few subjects here to ensure that your motorcycle is always functioning at optimal levels. We have also emphasized the importance of the most essential part of any motorcycle, which of course, is the engine, and how you can make sure it continues to function well.
About THE AUTHOR
Russ currently owns a Yamaha FZ6N and KTM RC 390. When it comes to vintage bikes, his favorite motorcycle is the feisty BMW R32. He also holds a particular interest in the LAMS segment and triple cylinders. Himself a riding enthusiast, Russ has had experience with racetracks from around the world including Willow Springs Raceway in California and the Imola Circuit in Italy.Read More About Russ Crowley