Changing the oil is one of the basic necessities of regular motorcycle maintenance and a great way to become familiar with the workings of your bike. But, before attempting any maintenance on your own, be sure to check your bike’s warranty information and read your owner’s manual for any special tools or techniques required to work on your motorcycle.
Then, once you’ve organized your tools and workspace, follow these 10 easy steps for a flawless oil change:
Changing motorcycle tires takes a bit more time, effort and patience than changing the oil, but it’s another fundamental that shouldn’t be overlooked. Becoming comfortable and confident changing your bike’s tires can be a lifesaver – literally – during long rides and off-road excursions. To increase the life of your tires and the safety of your motorcycle, check the tires pressure before every ride. Ensure your tires remain inflated at the proper pressure.
As with all motorcycle maintenance, check your manual for the correct tools and replacement parts you’ll need during service. Besides the tools necessary to remove the wheels from the motorcycle, you’ll most likely need a set of tire irons, rim protectors and a valve stem removal tool. Once you’ve gathered your tools, follow these 11 steps and you’ll be up and running again in no time: