Swinton Bikes

Swinton Bikes

January 16, 2011 19:01 ET

New Year, New Bike? Swinton Bikes Offers 10 Useful Tips for Maintaining Your Motorcycle

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2011) - You don't have to be an expert to be able to perform motorcycle DIY from the comfort of your own garage, as leading motorcycle insurance provider Swinton offers some handy hints for you to be able to maintain your bike and keep it in perfect working order.

A survey of 1,200 customers, carried out by Swinton Bike Insurance, reveals that a worrying 18% don't know how to perform the simplest of technical tasks that could result in more serious problems, becoming dangerous or expensive to resolve over time.

Swinton offer the following advice to motorbike drivers;

  • Check the tyre pressure on a weekly basis when they are cold. Use a pressure gauge and consult your manual. Under or over inflated tyres greatly affect handling and breaking.

  • Ensure the chain tension is correct while someone is mounting the bike as the chain will tighten once the rider is on board. Also, keep the chain lubricated to prolong its life.

  • Regularly check the battery which is usually situated under the seat or petrol tank. Grease the battery terminals to avoid corrosion and check the acid level with great care.

  • Check the bike's coolant level, but only when the radiator is cold.

  • Change the bike's oil by warming the engine through and removing the filler cap. Tightly replace the cap and ensure there are no spillages.

  • Adjust and oil the bike's cables to maintain a smooth and responsive ride as they become slack and dry out over time.

  • Change the spark plugs. Check the manual as every model has a different method but this is not a regular requirement.

  • Grease hinges, levers, locks and cables. Make sure you do not grease the brake pads!

  • Check and replace brake pads – only if you're confident to do so.

  • Clean your bike regularly using a quality car shampoo and wax. Never use washing up liquid as it is corrosive. In winter particularly keep it clean as grit and salt will corrode the bodywork within hours.

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bike Insurance, said "These simple checks will give you a more enjoyable riding experience and most importantly give you piece of mind that everything on your bike is in good working order. Make sure you continually consult your manual, have a friend check over your work and don't make any changes if you are not 100% sure what to do".

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