Essential guides to caring for your motorbike

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Keeping your motorbike in top condition may take some time, but it’s more than worth it. A well maintained bike is far more likely to perform brilliantly and remain reliable for years to come, so be sure to set aside some time to care for your motorbike. 

Learn more about the maintenance routines and tricks that can help you keep your motorbike in the best possible condition and remember that caring for your bike now can save you a lot of time and money in the future.

Motorbike maintenance made easy

Get the basics right and that’s half the battle won. If possible, it’s best to store your motorbike in a garage, where you can keep it safe and also provide protection from the elements. If that isn’t possible, you might want to invest in a motorbike cover that will help minimise the damage from inclement weather. Michelin has some very useful tips for protecting your bike when it’s cold, rainy or snowing outside.

Thanks to the nature of the design, your motorbike needs a little more care and attention than you’d expect to give a car. For a start, if you want to make sure your bike is in top condition, it’s a good idea to make sure you carry out quick check after ever ride. Find out more about the T-CLOCK inspection and how it can help preserve your ride at The Bike Insurer.

It’s also essential that you learn how to keep your clean and free of potentially damaging grit, dirt and salt. Check out the motorbike cleaning advice offered by Bike Answers and find out how your regular cleaning session can also help you spot potential problems before they become a costly issue. Make sure your leather stays in good condition too, with the Inter Bike guide to leather care.

Servicing and looking after your bike

To be able to ride your motorbike in the UK, you will need to ensure that it’s in good enough condition to pass an MOT. For a better understanding of the kind of things that will be assessed during an MOT examination, have a look to the motorbike section of the government’s road safety and environmental standards site. To help ensure that your bike should be able to meet these standards, it’s a very good idea to schedule regular services and maintenance checks. For a little guidance on how frequently you should be booking your bike in with the experts, have a look at this article from Totally Motor.

You should also get into a regular maintenance routine that can help you keep your bike in tip top condition. Bike Trader has teamed up with Haynes Manuals to create some great general bike guides, covering some of the most important basics to bear in mind. By taking the time to follow this advice and giving your bike regular care and attention, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a roadworthy bike for longer.

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