Taking Care of Your Motorcycle

Riding motorcycles is an exciting way to bring adventure back into your life. Hitting the road on a motorcycle brings about a new, exciting side of life that you've only dreamed of. It's not only is fun, it's also a great confidence and self-esteem builder. To get the most of the experience you must put in the time and effort it takes to properly maintain your motorcycle. You want to keep its showroom looks as long as possible and you want the best performance possible. Here are some tips to keep your dream machine running smoothly and looking great.

Body Maintenance:
Maintaining the body of your motorcycle is reasonably. Accumulated road grime build up creates havoc on your paint and chrome. Rinse off the grime! Ok, I know we are all pretty busy but at the very least, take a few minutes after every ride to wipe down your bike with a cotton cloth. You'll also want to remove splattered bugs around your fork seals, which can cause them to fail due to the acids from the bug’s fluids. Once you've cleaned up, wax it to a high gloss finish. The wax helps protect the paint job and it keeps your bike looking like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

Motorcycle Covers:
Covers used to only be used by people without a garage or other dry spot . They were usually a cheap old tarp that barely kept your bike dry. These days you can get a motorcycle cover in different sizes and styles tailored to fit your bike. Companies make heavy-duty outdoor covers with heat shields, venting and a waterproof surface. Invest in a good motorcycle cover to keep your bike protected from the elements. Dirt and sand blown by the wind, the sun and its UV rays, water, dust, pollen and pollution can ruin a good paint job, chrome, leather, and eventually even effect how your motorcycle operates.

Motorcycle Storage:
If you're storing your motorcycle for the winter, a dry, heated garage would be optimal, particularly if you live in an area that's near the ocean, which can cause corrosion and rust. If at all possible, avoid keeping your motorcycle outdoors.

Tire Maintenance:
Extremely worn motorcycle tires are much more vulnerable to road hazards and penetration. If the wearing on your tire reaches its wear indicating bars at 1/32 in of tire depth, it's time for a new one. You can have a tire repaired but you need to be certain it's repaired properly or you'll be in a world of hurt later.

Maintaining your bike exterior can keep it looking like it just came off the showroom floor. Remember to clean it, wax it, cover it, and store it. The tips covered here will get you started in the proper care of your motorcycle. Happy Riding!