Maintain your bike
A selection of motorbike maintenance tips, written by riders for riders. Every month we sort through the tips you send us, and publish a selection here.
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First Things First (Video)
By Warren Smith
TREAD - Tyre Review Everyday Avoids Disaster (Video)
By Dawn Garner
Ride Safely on the Road (Video)
By Danny Law
Love your tyres!!By Ian Gains of Keilor Park
OK, so most of the time tyres aren't particularly sexy, but nothing else has a greater effect on the handling, performance & safety of your bike. I'm fanatical about tyres, as I want my bikes to 'feel' the same way every time I ride them, & I'm not keen on unwanted surprises.
I would urge ALL of you to spend 2 minutes checking your tyres BEFORE you start any ride, even if you are just nipping up to the shops, or around to a mate's.
It's not hard - buy a good quality tyre pressure gauge that will show up the slightest change in the pressure of your tyres - the 1st tell-tale sign that maybe there is a small nail etc in the tread or sidewall of the tyre, or that the tyre valve is leaking. Spin the wheels around, looking for embedded objects, as sooner or later you WILL find one! Better to find it before you set off, than to return to a bike with a flat tyre hours later.
Accept that your safety is YOUR responsibility first & foremost, & apply it to every aspect of your biking experience. You'll be rewarded with years of pleasure & mateship from your passion.
If you think that this is too much trouble, maybe consider using public transport before you hurt yourself or another road user.
Problems with Tyre PressureBy Murray Grave of Warrnambool
The lesson I was to learn occurred when I was going to work one day. I was doing a right hand turn and found myself having great difficulty maintaining a correct line in the turn. The road surface was adequate. I found that the bike wanted to drift to the left and I nearly ended up in the gutter. An experience which was most disturbing.
Keep a regular check on your tyre pressure.
Tyre PressureBy Dennis Nichols of Taylors Hill
[Ed's note: Make sure your tyres are cold when you check pressure, so head to the service station closest to home to check pressure before embarking on a ride. And check that your tyres have legal tread depth when you check the pressure.]
Check Tyres When ColdBy Jason Sonneman of Kyneton
Tyre pressures typically increase as a tyre warms up. Therefore, if you were to check the pressures when the tyres are warm, then the actual tyre pressure is actually likely to be less than that specified by the manufacturer. Depending upon the model of bike, and how it is ridden, this may actually contribute to an increased risk of accident.
Have a look at our checklist before you ride.
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