Importance Of Motorcycle Maintenance

motorcycle-maintenanceOne of the biggest responsibilities of owning a motorcycle is making sure you stay on top of the maintenance that is required. While you may think it’s fine to skip an oil change or new air filter, the truth is the better you take care of your bike the longer it will last. And probably the most important factor, the safer your bike will be. Certified mechanic, John, with jnjautoservice.com provides us with the list of the top maintenance procedures and why they are so important.

5 Most Important Motorcycle Maintenance

Oil Changes-

Just like a vehicle, your motorcycle requires an oil change, however, while most vehicles require an oil change every 3,000 miles, a bike requires one AT LEAST once per year. It is suggested to take a look at your owner’s manual to see when oil changes are suggested. If you ride your bike often you will need to schedule an oil change more frequently than once per year. The same goes for if you ride in dusty, dirty areas. The dust/dirt can make its way into your oil which can make the oil dirty and is bad for your engine. You also need to make sure you are checking your oil levels before each ride and maintaining maximum levels.

Tires, Tires, Tires- 

John sees low tire pressure way too often he says. Guys will bring their bike in for an oil change and a lot of the times their tire pressure is low. Not only does low tire pressure on your motorcycle make for dangerous driving conditions it can also cause a blowout. It is best to inspect your tires before each ride and check your tire pressure. Should you see any wear and tear on your tires make sure to replace them sooner rather than later. If the tire pressure is low, make sure to add air to the right capacity.

Drive Chain-

Your drive chain is crucial for the overall safety and life span of your bike. It is important that you lube your chain after every ride or at least every other. If you do so after each ride the heat from the bike will help to ensure the chain absorbs the lube efficiently. It is also important to make sure that the tension of the chain is adjusted right and not too loose or too tight.

Air Filter-

Changing or cleaning your air filter can help with the overall power of your bike. Simply put, a clean air filter makes for a faster more powerful bike. Speak with your trusted mechanic or if you do it yourself, set up a maintenance schedule to follow that will ensure you are performing the right maintenance services at the right time for your bike.

Brakes-

Like any motorized vehicle your brakes need to be in top working order. It is important that you check your brake fluid regularly to make sure it stays clean and at adequate levels. Most brake fluid needs to be changed about every 1 to 1 ½ year. Check out your owners manual to see when it is suggested to change your bike’s fluids. You will also need to keep an eye on the brake pads and make sure that they are replaced in the proper order.

Motorcycle maintenance is key in promoting safe driving conditions as well as extending the overall lifespan of your bike. John, suggests that you find a trusted, certified mechanic and set up a maintenance schedule that is tailored around where you ride and how often. By keeping up on the maintenance of your bike you are helping to ensure your overall safety as well as a better ride!

 

Intresting Harley Davidson Facts

Harley Davidson has been at the center of American motorcycle culture since its foundation in 1903. They have a century of history and have become a modern-day icon. Check out these interesting facts that you may not know about their iconic motorcycles continuing to inspire young Americans today.

The First Harley

harley-davidson-factsThe first Harley was made by William Harley and Arthur Davidson in a little factory in Milwaukee, WI. It was made for racing and was a little more than a single-cylinder engine and a gas can strapped onto a bicycle. Clearly, they had a long way to go!

The Engine: You know when you hear a Harley over another motorcycle. The deep roar that demands attention from anyone who can hear it. Most Harley’s are equipped with this  V-twin engine that delivers a sound like no other motorcycle, keeping riders loyal and in the saddle.

World War Contracts: Many would think that motorcycles are too much of a toy for “real” military use. However, the US military was all for purchasing Harley motorcycles for their lower fuel consumption and higher maneuverability.  It’s estimated that 75,000 Harley’s were used in both World Wars.

 Rivalries: Harley was always on top of the American motorcycle market almost since its introduction. Even being able to outsell its main rival Indian Motorcycles, forcing them to shut down in 1977 and only starting to make a come back in the early 2010s. However, Harley began to suffer in the 1980s with increasing market share being lost to the big 4 Japanese bike brands, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha. With their faster, more sportier bikes, Harley’s started to be seen as old-fashioned.

The Future: Going Green: Coming in 2019, the first all-electric bike for Harleyharley-facts Davidson is set to be released. This is a shock coming from a company most known for its loud exhausts. However, with increasing emissions controls all bike and car manufacturers are being forced to innovate. With Harley having an older customer base who are generally not favorable to this unproven new tech, we shall see if this will be a success drawing in new rebellious riders as it did in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Scenic Mortorcycle Routes Throughout the U.S.

scenic-motorcycle-routeThere is something to be said about the abundance of potential great motorcycle rides throughout the United States. Open roads filled with fresh air, beautiful scenery and that coveted peace that only a great motorcycle ride can offer. These roads and routes can be found throughout the states, so no matter where you live you should be able to find a road near you that ceases to amaze. Although this article won’t be able to cover all of the amazing roads, here are just some of the roads you should visit if you are an avid motorcycle touring rider.

Great Motorcycle Rides

  • San Juan Mountain Skyway- This 225 mile loop almost encompasses the San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado. This loop includes a 12 mile section that is know as the million dollar highway for its amazing views of the Rocky Mountains. There are many western themed towns along the way providing you with food and your bike with gas and any other amenities. The only problems are the elevations and the weather. High elevations make it harder on bikes and people not adjusted to higher elevations. So make sure your bike is tuned correctly especially if it is carbonated and make sure to get plenty of rest. Also snow stays up their longer so don’t be surprised if you can’t go from October through April depending on the weather.
  • The Tail of the Dragon- While only 11 miles long this road is known to both bikersbest-motorcycle-rides and car enthusiasts as one of the most difficult roads in America. On the border of Tennessee and North Carolina this road weaves through the Appalachian Mountains with 318 turns, many of them being hairpins and blind corners. For those of you wanting to cruise, this is not the road for you. Although you may be focused soley on the road, these 11 miles offer great views of the lush forest as well. This road is a big tourist destination so while the road quality is good and amenities are good, the road may be crowded with other riding or driving enthusiasts.
  • Natchez Trace Parkway- For those who like long straight roads, this is the road for you as it offers a 430 mile highway from Leipers Fork, TN to Natchez, MS. The road has a constant view of southern forests and rolling hills. Low speed limits and low traffic will allow you to take your time and cruise worry free.
  • Beartooth Highway- This road in southern Montana offers the perfect road for those who like going up and down with plenty of hairpin turns mixed in. This road certainly requires some caution as it is not the most safe road and doesn’t contain any gas station or restaurants.. Obviously the view is great being so close to Yellowstone National Park with this road including views of the dense forests and snow capped mountains of the Rocky Mountains. This road is the perfect mix of great views and adrenaline pumping turns. Being in Montana altitude is high and winter is harsh, so adjust accordingly.
  • Pacific Coast Highway- Last but not least is the iconic Highway along the coast of California. This takes you along the Pacific Ocean from Monterey, CA to Morro Bay, CA. The views of the oceans are breathless and if you like ocean views this is the road to take. Being such a great view the road can get some traffic although there are many places to stop to get a rest and let the traffic clear.

motorcycle-routes-u.s.Before taking any motorcycle ride it is alsways reccomended that you inspect your bike and make sure it is performing in top condition.  Map out the course you will be riding so that you will know where to refuel and get any help along the way should you need any.  For new and old motorcyclists it is advised that you feel 100% confident drving the route you will be taking with all of the weather and road conditions in mind.  This will also help to insure that you have a safe, relaxing incredible ride!