As a rider, it is not every time you take your repairs to a bike shop or invite a home mechanic over; certain repairs can be done yourself. Doing these repairs yourself allows you to save money while getting the hang of some key parts of your bike. Also, it keeps you busy and helps to reduce stress.
You can begin by reading the opinions of riders like you on motorsport.com reviews about the sort of repairs you can do yourself. And if you are feeling largely technical, there are guides posted on trustedtechteam.com reviews to keep your hands working and applying.
But here are 5 DIY motorcycle repairs we have gathered to save you the stress of finding them. We believe everyone already knows about them and so you should.
- Checking the pressure of your tires
Checking the pressure of your tires is a maintenance repair. Do this before every ride. As your motorcycle only has two tires, check the front tire’s pressure and compare it with the second’s. Always ensure that the two tires are of the same pressure, otherwise, you risk a greater repair that could go beyond you.
- Checking your brake pad and lever
A routine inspection of your bike’s brakes will indicate if your brakes have worn out or are close to wearing out. This is why you must check the thickness of your brake pad and the lever. The average brake pad thickness is over 12 millimeters. If your pad has gone as low as 3 or 4 millimeters, then it is time to replace them.
- Changing of oil
No maintenance repair is as simple as changing the oil of your motorcycle. However, it shouldn’t be oversimplified. You first have to check your oil level and be sure the oil needs a change. Then, you must be certain you are using the right oil, bearing in mind that oils for motorcycles are different from oils for cars. Finally, you need to learn how to change the oil. There are videos on the internet you can watch to learn how to properly do that.
- Checking your drive chain’s tightness
Your drive chain cannot be too loose nor too tight. When too loose, it becomes difficult to kick your bike to life. When too tight, it holds you down, slackening your speed and motion. Therefore you have to maintain a balance. Adjust both sides at the same amount to get the perfect tightness.
- Tightening all nuts and bolts
Certain areas in your motorcycle are bound to get loose as a result of time and motion. You must check for these areas and tighten all nuts and bolts that you could find. It is the same reason why you must always inspect your bike before you put it to work.
Most of these repairs are maintenance repairs that you can do yourself. When done right, they prevent further repairs, keep your motorcycle in great shape, and help you to save money.