TO DO THIS KIND OF ROUTINE CHECK-UP/MAINTENANCE, YOU CAN TEST THOSE BASICS ON YOUR MOTORBIKE EACH DAY OR EACH TIME YOU READ:
- Every day test the fuel level to ensure that no fuel leaks.
- Check all your fluid levels – brake fluid, oil, and coolant, if appropriate.
- Test the play of the throttle cable. Confirm the smooth operation and return to the closed position correctly.
- Test the steering lock and lever notches for any irregular feel or contact with the movement of any cable at full lock.
- Test the brake pedal action, as stated in your motorcycle manual.
- Confirm that the wear liner indicator is within the available distance.
- Check the drive chain slack as defined in the manual.
- Check the lights and your horn.
- Test the lever of the clutch.
- Ensure smooth steering. Make sure that there are no limits.
- Ensure that the two bike stands return to their full upright position.
- Test for the right inflation level in both tires. Make sure you’ve got enough depth of tire tread and no cracks or breaks.
- If needed, change the rear viewing length of the mirror.
- Ensure kill switch functionality.
- Inspect the brake hoses for chafing or leaks.
DO REGULAR MAINTENANCE WORK. TAKE CARE OF THESE CHECKS EVERY WEEK OR EVERY 200 MILES, WHICHEVER IS SOONER.
- Test the tire pressure with an accurate gauge.
- Examine the battery. If it is not maintenance-free, check the level of the electrolyte and, if necessary, add distilled water.
- Test your control cables and lubricate if needed.
- Test the brakes. The pads and disks should be inspected for wear and, if necessary, replaced.
- Inspect and refill your fluids.
- Do a complete visual inspection. Search for loose nuts, bolts, and spokes.
- Search for leakage of the fork seal and any other oil leaks.
HAVE A MONTHLY CHECK. PERFORM THESE ACTIVITIES EACH MONTH OR EVERY 1,000 MILES (WHICHEVER IS EARLIER).
- Inspect the spark plugs. Clean and adjust or replace; anything other than a light/medium brown deposit may indicate problems.
- Test control cables. Adjust for free play.
- Test Idle speed. Adjust as necessary.
- Lubricate the pivots of the lever.
PERFORM QUARTERLY MAINTENANCE WORK. ANALYZE THESE THINGS EVERY THREE MONTHS, OR 2,500 MILES (WHICHEVER IS EARLIER).
- Replace the oil and filter.
- Replace the air filter.
- Inspect wheel and steering head bearings and grease them. Replace if needed.
PLEASE DO A SEMI-ANNUAL REVIEW. REVIEW THESE THINGS ONCE A YEAR, OR EVERY FIVE THOUSAND MILES (WHICHEVER IS EARLIER).
- Change the synchronization of carburetor-if necessary.
- Examine your overflow tubes. Replace the one that is blocked or missing.
DO SOME ANNUAL MAINTENANCE. PLEASE COMPLETE THESE REVIEWS EVERY YEAR OR EVERY 10,000 MILES (WHICHEVER IS EARLIER).
- Do all of the above half-year maintenance tasks.
- Replace the spark plug if needed.
- Test the suspension connections for play. Replace linkages, bearings, and bushes as needed.