Things have been busy as can be for us over here, but we’re always committed to giving you the best in advice and knowledge in order to keep your vehicles, motorcycles, and small engines in top shape. This month we want to focus on your bike and give you a checklist that will help it run right through the fall so that you can enjoy your rides through the best parts of the year!
Keeping your fluids all up the correct levels will ensure that your bike is lubricated at all times. You’ll avoid so many issues just by making sure your bike isn’t fluid deficient, which causes degradation almost immediately. Old fluid and fuel can also clog your fuel system and cause harmful acid levels which will shorten the lifespan of your transmission. You should be replacing your oil every 5,000 miles. Your transmission lubricant should be replaced every 20,000 miles, and your brake fluid levels should be checked every 5,000 miles. Additionally, your fuel valves, lines, and fittings should be checked every 5,000 miles for leaks. The primary chaincase lubricant should also be checked, but only every 10,000 miles or so.
Air Intake and Exhaust
Always check the air filter, as it is what essentially helps your bike to breathe. This always helps it to stay clear of heavy debris. If you ever see a hole, you must replace it to keep harmful particles from entering into the engine. Also, inspect your muffler to make sure no cracks or damage are depriving you of valuable horsepower! Filters should be replaced every 5,000 miles, as well as your air cleaner.
Tires and Driveline
Heat has an adverse effect on the PSI (pounds per square inch) on your tires. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines as they vary per each different product and then fill or drain your tires accordingly. FREQUENTLY check the tread, as this is one of your primary safety features. No tread=No traction. And tires can rot faster than you think! Tires should be inspected and checked every 5,000 miles at least, and the wheel spoke tightness should be checked.
While you’re at it, give the chains or belts a good look too. Make sure driveline sprockets and pulleys don’t have any signs of hooking. If you notice any damage to these or the belts, don’t wonder about it, just replace them. Chain tension should be examined by a mechanic every 5,000 miles as well as the belts, sprockets, and pulleys.
When you need some stop in your life, you want the brakes to be there for you. That’s another one of those moments in time when your safety is on the line. Make sure there is no damage to your brake lines BEFORE you head off on a ride. Then actuate them to check for leaks and pressure loss. Your master cylinders should be checked as well to make sure the fluids are where they need to be. Your brake pads and discs should be inspected every 5,000 miles by a mechanic.
Battery and electronics
A dead or weak battery isn’t an uncommon problem, even in the heat of summer. If your battery won’t hold a consistent charge, it’s time to get a new battery instead of wasting your time trying to get an old one to work. Bare wires and cracked shieldings are bad news–make sure to clean the battery area of debris as well. Clean connections every 5,000 miles and make sure all your electrical switches and equipment works every 5,000 miles or so.
Most of these checks are performed every time you bring in your bike to us at Crumpler’s Custom Cycle for maintenance. We have a schedule we follow for routine maintenance so that you don’t have to. We’re here to keep your bike running happy so she keeps you running happy too!
Summer is also the time for NEW RIDES!
We’re open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every Monday through Friday and would love to show all that we have to you. Call us at (910) 483-2958 as well for more information. And as always, watch our website and our Crumpler’s Facebook as well as our Crumpler’s Custom Cycle page for current updates. We love your feedback and shares. Thank you all for your support and your business. Take care, stay cool, and enjoy the open road!