If your motorcycle has been in a state of disuse or
winterized for a considerable period of time, it may be necessary to conduct a
proper tune-up and a thorough inspection before you hit the road. Even
so, your bike will require a periodic tune-up to keep it in fit
condition. Tires and wheels, chain and sprockets, brakes, air filter, battery,
fluid levels, valves, fuel system, and major bolt torque specs need to be
checked and set in top working condition.
Tires and Wheels
Tires must be checked for any cracks on the
sidewalls as well as tread wear. If the tread depths have worn down to the wear
bars, it is recommended to have the tires replaced. If the tires are found in
solid condition, you should check the tire pressure and inflate them
appropriately. Wheel rims should be inspected for any dents or any stones
wedged between the tires.
The bike chain should be checked for any slackness. If
you find it loose, it can be tightened through the wheel adjusters. If the
chain shows traces of rust, you can clean it with Motorex 611 or a similar
solution. Once the chain is cleaned and dried, you can lubricate it with a good
Brake pads must be inspected by either removing the
calipers or checking below them to see whether the pads are worn out. If the
pads appear reasonably worn out, you should have them replaced by the dealer, a
mechanic, or if possible, replace them yourself. Rotors should
also be inspected for any signs of heavy grooving. The front brake lever should
have sufficient pressure, and the rear brake pedal should not be mushy. It may
require professional expertise if you do not find the brakes up to the mark.
If you have removed the battery prior to bike storage
and charged it periodically, it may be in fit condition. You can charge the
battery and put it back in its place for an instant start. However, if the
battery was not removed and fails to charge, you may need to take it to a
garage for repair, have it replaced by the dealer, or buy another one from an
auto/motorcycle parts store and just replace it yourself.
Oil and Brake
If it's been a long time since you changed the
oil, it may be a wise idea to change it. You can get it done from a service
company or do it on your own. The coolant overflow tank should also be refilled
between the low and high notches. DOT4 brake fluid levels
should also be checked, and if they are low, you should top them off.
Your fuel system may have become stuffy after a prolonged
storage. This means you will need to clean the carburetors or injectors.
However, this is a sensitive area of your motorcycle, so if you're not
confident about handling this task, you should take it to a garage where they
do this type of work every day.
Air Filter and
If you find the air filter to be filled with grime
and smell, you may clean and re-oil it. However, if the filter cannot be
cleaned, it's better to replace it. If the bike’s valve adjustment is due,
have it done at a reliable motorcycle repair shop. Your bike’s valves are a crucial
area and they need adjustment in periodic mileage increments.