5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Bike

 

By Aman Tumukur Khanna  


Every single person in this world will obviously love to own a motorbike. However not everyone can afford it. However once a person can afford it, he or she takes the next step to go forward and make that great purchase. There are some basic questions that you need to answer by yourself before making this important purchase. These questions have been briefly explained as follows.

1. Are you an experienced rider/biker?


It is obviously an undeniable fun of riding a motorbike. This process can also prove to be very lethal if not done properly. Thus even before you consider purchasing a bike, you must consider whether you are an experienced rider or not and on the basis of this answer you can select the type of bike you want to purchase.

2. What are your intentions while riding?


This means that you must take the kind of riding and your intentions into consideration. You must think whether you want to race or simply ride as you are passionate about it. In this case, various characteristics like the mechanical and performance attributes should be taken into consideration.

 


3. How much are you willing to spend?


This obviously depends on your budget and how passionate you are for spending that particular amount of money. There are various types of financing options that you can very well take into consideration before making a purchase.

4. Do you really need a brand new bike?

This is one of the most important questions that you must ask yourself. A motorcycle can be your primary option in one case and in another case it can be a secondary option. Thus you must give yourself a significant amount of time before you decide and make sure that you really want to make this purchase. It is one of the important things to remember.

5. Is this bike for you?

After go through the entire ordeal because of the numerous choices that are available, it is time that you answer the question of whether this bike is for you or not. For example, if you cannot put your legs on the ground, the bike is obviously not meant for your use. You must take your comfort into consideration over other characteristics which obviously should be secondary for you. Don't look at a high performance bike if you don't want to speed. This is only going to make things worse for you.

Motorcycle Service Guide to Keep Your Bike Running For Years

 

By Ace Abbey  


You enjoy riding through the streets on your motorbike. It is a true feeling of freedom to have the wind whipping around you. However, if you want to keep the bike on the road, motorcycle service is important. By doing basic maintenance, you can keep your cycle going indefinitely.

Breaking It In Properly

If you want to start maintaining your bike, you have to break it in right. The most crucial part of your cycle's engine is how you handle the first few hundred miles. You need to treat the first couple thousand with care, as well.

Check with your owner's manual to find out exactly what limits you should take. Each brand is slightly different, and some have a long list of restrictions, such as the type of oil to use for the first few hundred miles. The manual will indicate what other oil type, if any, you should use. Some machines require that you do not go past a certain RPM until after you hit a few thousand miles.

Read the Manual

Your original manufacturer's manual is going to be the best place for maintenance information. The manufacturer knows what motorcycle service your vehicle needs more than you may. It is important for you to read and study it to ensure that you know what to do.

Additionally, you can buy a service manual. This book can cost anywhere from $40 to $100. However, it is worth the investment if you want to do some of the more sophisticated maintenance procedures yourself. This manual includes instruction on things like how to rebuild parts of your motorbike and includes hard-to-find torque values for each bolt on the vehicle.

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Oil Changes

Routine oil changes can extend the life of your engine. It can help ensure that your engine maintains proper lubrication. If the oil is old and filled with dirt and debris, the oil cannot do its job as it is supposed to.

You should check with the manual in order to determine how often to change the oil. If you drive in a dusty or dirty environment, you probably should have it changed more frequently.

Bearings

Motorcycle service should include greasing your bearings. Those who ride a dirt bike learn this maintenance tip early, as new motorbikes need attention in the steering-head bearings and suspension linkages. Additionally, those who ride street bikes need to get into the habit of this maintenance. Even though sealed bearings are relatively maintenance free, suspension linkages need care on a regular schedule.

On occasion, these parts will need to be replaced. While greasing, you will get the opportunity to inspect the bearings. In addition to physical inspection of the bearings, being in tune with your bike and knowing when the front or back suspension is loose, you will know when to change the bearings.

The Top 3 Ways To Increase Motorcycle Performance


By James Horner  


Let's face it. If you own a motorcycle chances are that you're thinking about performance. Motorcycles have been around since the early 20th century and since their inception people have been trying to increase their power. These 3 easy and inexpensive modifications will not only increase your motorcycle's performance but give you confidence and know-how to keep your bike in top shape.

Air Filters

Motorcycle performance starts with air and air filters are the first point of contact your engine has with the outside world. Air flow plays a critical part in your engine's performance and a simple way to think about this is; more air = more power but more air = worse filtration so you've got to play the balancing game to find the right mix.

Stock air boxes on most bikes are quite adequate but a simple upgrade can quickly increase horsepower as these focus mainly on filtration and not performance. The trick is not to let too much air in because it may contain contaminates that could be harmful to your engine. Race bikes use very unrestricted air filtration because they are strictly focused on power and more air equals more power but they also breakdown and rebuild engines constantly and that's not what I want to spend every weekend doing, I want to ride! And remember, keep your filters clean and you'll keep your bike happy.

 


Spark Plugs

Spark plugs make your motorcycle's world go 'round, that is to say without them it wouldn't go 'round at all and quality spark plugs can help your motorcycle's performance a great deal. Spark plugs need to be changed out 20-30 thousand miles according to manufacturers standards but a great deal depends on how hard you ride. If you are a more aggressive rider you may need to change them more frequently and since they are relatively inexpensive they are well worth it to improve motorcycle performance.

The top choices in spark plugs today are platinum and iridium, both are well advanced of the copper relics providing better power and longevity. Benefits of new spark plugs include: Optimal combustion, better fuel economy, smooth and easy starts and better emissions. These are all key when it comes to your bike's engine and how long it will last and how well it will perform.

Fuel

Fuel plays a very important role in motorcycle performance. Use the wrong fuel and you could be sacrificing power, performance, and even the life of your motorcycle. Premium fuels have less additives that could potentially harm your bike and have a higher octane rating translating into more power, a cleaner burn and a healthier motorcycle.

Prolonged exposure to subprime fuels can have lingering effects on your motorcycle. Pinging, knocking and backfiring are all potential side effects from using a lower quality fuel. Motorcycles are high-powered machines that require the best gas to run optimally and by using high quality fuel you can ensure that your motorcycle will perform at it's best.

If you use these 3 performance tips you can be sure that you'll increase power, lower service intervals and stretch the life of your motorcycle all while giving you an increase level of confidence and enjoyment. Each of these have a litany of options so be sure to do some research and find out what parts match your riding style and your desired outcomes. Motorcycle performance has everything to do with the rider and without a rider it's just a pretty paperweight.