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Motorcycle Maintenance Essentials - Tips from Salisbury Motorbike Repair & Service Specialists

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

Summer is the best time of the year to enjoy motorcycling. But riding your bike requires a great deal of preparation and maintenance to consider.


We’re proud to be fully certified Salisbury motorbike repair & service specialists. In this post, we tell you the four most basic motorcycle maintenance tips you need to know to enjoy your bike in the summer.


1. Check the engine oil level

Regularly checking your engine oil is one of the most vital things you must do to look after your motorcycle. It is also one of the things we check during a service in our Salisbury motorbike repair garage. If the engine oil level is too low, you should always top it up to the recommended level. It’s equally important that you follow your motorbike’s owner’s manual to see how often you should change your motorcycle oil. Failing to do so can cost you a lot down the road.


2. Check the tyre pressure and tyre wear

Another essential thing to check in every two weeks is the tyre pressure. Not taking the correct tyre pressure can be a significant safety hazard. To check the tyre pressure of your motorcycle, we recommend having a digital pressure indicator. If you don’t have one, you can go to a petrol station or pop into our Salisbury motorbike repair garage. Please make sure that you check your motorcycle’s manual to know the recommended pressure for your tyres. You also need to check the tyre wear periodically for any exterior cracks or punctures. The grooves of the tyre must not be less than 1.6 mm.


3. Check the brake fluid level

It’s one of the most vital factors to keeping you safe on the road. If the brake fluid level is low, it will result in a loss in braking. You will find the brake fluid reservoirs on the handlebars for the front brakes and near the rear tyre for the rear. The level of oil must be between the minimum and the maximum mark. You should check it at least once a week and top your brake fluid it’s too low. You can check your user manual to find out what fluid you need to use. Although you should do regular top-ups, we don’t suggest you change the brake fluid on your own. If you don’t bleed the air out sufficiently, that can cause irreversible damage to the system. If you need your brake fluid to be changed, you can contact us, we’re happy to do it in our Salisbury motorbike repair garage.


4. Check the condition of your battery

Checking the battery’s condition can also save you various problems. We recommend checking the terminals of the battery to detect the occurrence of sulfation. Sulfated batteries may not generate enough electricity or charge sufficiently. While hard sulfation is irreversible, a soft sulfated battery can be brought back to life if diagnosed on time. If you don’t know how to diagnose battery sulfation, our Salisbury motorbike repair specialists are happy to check your battery.


If you need specialist help

If you need help with the maintenance of your bike, we provide a wide range of motorbike repair & service options in our Salisbury motorbike repair garage.


To get your motorcycle looked at by a motorbike repair & service specialist, message us on Facebook, use our contact form or give us a call on 01722 411444.

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