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It takes you to office before the boss gets in. It takes you to the market when your legs are too lazy to walk. It takes you back home when you’ve had enough of the rest of the world. It’s payback time.

Here are a few tips of how you can look after your two-wheeler so that it never lets you down.

Tyres & Wheels:
To keep the performance of your motorbike at the maximum, and improve its looks, due care of tyres and wheels is essential. A constant degradation of these parts takes place due to friction or unfavourable driving conditions like uneven roads, road grease, insects and brake dust. This may result in the poor performance level of the vehicle. Harsh braking is to be avoided as this causes depletion of the tyre rubber due to friction, and reduces the tyre’s life.

Make sure that your check your tyre treads for cuts and scrapes once a week. Have the wheels balanced and the alignment checked if the wear is uneven.

Examine both of your wheels for missing or loose spokes. Check the rims for cracks or dents.

Lift the wheel off the ground and spin it. Then watch its motion, listen for noise, and move it from side to side to check for looseness.

It’s essential to keep the tyres in tact and in perfect condition for safe driving and high mileage. The manufacturer's instructions should always be followed. The right air pressure assists the machine in giving high output, and also protects the tyre from corrosion. Many blowouts are the result of low air pressure.

Always use a good quality cleaner instead of any cheap tyre cleaner. It gives a smoother ride and excellent (skid - free) braking.

Wheels are very important for smooth driving and perfect looks, and are easily damaged by the use of harsh chemicals, brake dust and road salts. To avoid such ugly looks, wash and wax your wheels weekly and use a corrosion protectant.

For a smooth and easy ride, it is important to lubricate your vehicle from time to time.

What are the parts that need to be lubricated?

  • Rider seat pivot
  • Control cables
  • Brake lever, pedal and clutch lever
  • Speedo gear/pinion/cable
  • Stand pivot
  • Front wheel bearing
  • Gear shifter assembly
  • Brake actuating shaft
  • Dive chain

Adjust your brakes so they lock the wheel when fully applied (see your owner’s manual for instructions). If the wheel does not lock, or if you hear a scraping sound when you’re trying to stop, have the lining checked.

During washing, however, avoid excessive wetting of brake shoes and discs, as this may affect the braking while driving. Do not wash brake discs with cleaners whose compounds include chlorine or silicon. Chlorine causes rust, and silicon makes brake discs slick, diminishing their usefulness and safety.

Check the lights regularly to ensure they are clean and in working order. Remember to check the headlights, taillights, brake lights and indicator lights.

For smooth operations, inspect the controls. Watch for kinks or broken strands in your cables. Also, lubricate the control mechanisms at each end of the cable.

Oil the chain and check the sprockets for worn teeth.

Shock Absorbers:
Does the motorcycle bounce several times after you ride over a bump? Do you hear a big clunk? If the answer to either of this is yes, adjust or replace the shock absorbers.

Be on the lookout for loose or missing nuts, bolts or cotter pins. If you keep your bike clean, it’s easier to spot the missing parts.

If you suspect that your motorbike can land you in trouble, fix things right away. That is the only way you can avoid an accident.

Have a happy and safe ride.