Motorcycle Maintenance

Introduction: Motorcycle Maintenance

About: Your roadmap of guidance and advice to help you or someone you know get help and be prepared for life's potholes, detours and speedbumps. Advice on seven categories from experts in their field and everyday …

Expert advice from Dan Johnson of Midwest Motorcycle on basic motorcycle maintenance.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    nice editing, not very informative, you shouldnt have a motorcycle if you didnt know this already


    14 years ago on Introduction

    Ok, this video is visually pleasing, but has zero content. The tips are to check your gas, oil, and air pressure? You are net telling us anything.

    How about this:

    Check you gas:
    Make sure you know how much you can get out of your tank in kilometers or miles. This will be your gauge when you are riding, not your fuel light as they lie all the time. Your fuel consumption will vary depending on whether you're on the highway or city riding, so know both. Every bike is different, so become familiar with your specific bike and you should be good.
    If you are storing your bike make sure to fill it up with fuel, if you leave the tank half empty during storage you can cause the inside of your tank to rust.

    Find out if your bike is a 2-stroke or a 4-stroke. If it's a 2-stroke you'll be mixing oil directly with your fuel, make sure you know the ratio, and the appropriate weight of oil to use.
    If you have a 4-stroke then your oil is in a closed system and barring an oil leek you won't need to touch this, but be aware if your light goes off then you've got a problem. Change your oil often, depending on how often you ride. Make sure to change it at least once a year though to keep your bike in good working order.

    Air Pressure:
    Proper air pressure in your tires will increase our safety and your fuel consumption. Read the proper psi or kPa on the wall of your tires. Make it a habit to check your ride over at least once a week (if not every time you ride!) to make sure you don't have any deflation, or leaks under your bike.
    You've put such effort to make this look like a pro job, but then botch it by wasting our time. You spend longer walking from the corner of the street to inside the shop than getting info from the guy!


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    i was also disappointed, but your information made it a bit more worth while and informative, thanks


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I really loved this video, especially because I work in this field for over 6 years, doing  motorcycle covers and other kind of accessories. I am also a big fan of motorcycles, especially super sport ones and those are hard to maintain. This is why I find your video so important for me.