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Tips for Improving Your Motorcycle’s Performance

If you've had your motorcycle for a few years, you may notice that it's not performing quite like it used to. Or maybe it's simply not performing as well as you'd like it to. Don't worry! Some simple maintenance and upkeep can help you get the most out of your… Allstate
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If you’ve had your motorcycle for a few years, you may notice that it’s not performing quite like it used to. Or maybe it’s simply not performing as well as you’d like it to. Don’t worry! Some simple maintenance and upkeep can help you get the most out of your ride. Motorcycle enthusiast Bryan Glynn shares his tips for maximizing your bike’s performance and even improving its safety and efficiency.

Watch more videos by Bryan at TwoWheelObsession and YouTube, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Hey guys, Brian here from TwoWheelObsession. Today, I’ve got my top tips for how to improve the performance of your motorcycle.

Starting with a freebie, make sure your tire pressures are at their optimal. It may be what’s best for the tire or according to what’s in your manual. And make sure to use an accurate gauge.

Overall tire condition is absolutely paramount to motorcycle performance. Make sure your rubber is in tip-top shape for the best performance.

If using a chain and sprocket or belt, replace any part that has any wear on it. If you use a shaft drive system, make sure you regularly replace the lube.

Your engine is an air pump — the more air that flows in and out the more power it makes. Your air filter must be kept clean at all times for optimum performance.

Along with that air comes fuel and if the engine can’t make it go “bang” efficiently, you’re losing out of performance. Make sure your spark plugs are changed regularly.

A pricey, but sometimes worthwhile investment into performance is an aftermarket exhaust with electronic tuning.

Consult your owner’s manual for your minimum rated octane rating and use it at all times.

Replacing your stock rubber brake lines with stainless steel brake lines can greatly improve your braking performance.

Properly setting your suspension is critical to getting maximum handling performance out of your bike.

Some bikes will have manual controls — sometimes hidden inside the bike. Others will have electronic controls for easier and much more precise control. Make sure to set your controls for your optimum reach. Both hand and foot controls are often fully adjustable for each rider’s size.

But the No. 1 thing by far to increase every aspect about the performance of your motorcycle, is putting time and money and investing in training for yourself through rider education programs. If you’ve never taken a course to improve your riding skills, that is going to dramatically change your entire experience with whatever motorcycle you’re riding.

Check out for more great tips, tricks, how-tos, reviews and all kinds of cool motorcycle videos. See you next time, guys.

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