How should the motorcycle be inspected and maintained after touring?
After hundreds or even thousands of kilometers of riding, many riders have similar questions about whether motorcycles need maintenance. Today, let's talk about how to judge the wear and tear of motorcycles, and how to maintain your motorcycle after a long-distance motorcycle trip.
The engine is the heart of a motorcycle, and it is naturally a priority for inspection and maintenance. The internal condition of the engine cannot be judged with the naked eye, and needs to be detected with professional instruments. Of course, we can also simply judge the engine working condition through the sound, start the bike and wait for it to stabilize after warming up. After working, if you listen to the sound of the engine, if there is an obvious noisy chain sound, or the valve makes a "da-da-da" sound, you need to go to a special 4S shop for inspection and maintenance to ensure the normal operation of the engine.
The long-distance motorcycle tour does not have very strict requirements for oil replacement. The key is to replace the oil according to the time or kilometers required by the motorcycle. Too early or too late replacement is not very good for the protection of the engine. Ensure the normal operation of the engine, provide lubrication, and protect components to reduce wear. Generally, the oil change interval ranges from 2000km to 5000km, which depends on your motorcycle and your own driving conditions.
Tire puncture is the longest problem encountered in long-distance motorcycle travel. It is also very necessary to check and maintain the tire after the trip. First, check whether the tire has studs or deep scratches, and then check whether the tread depth of the tire is normal. Generally, when the tire is worn to the point where the protruding points in the drainage groove remain parallel, or the "△ mark" at the maximum tire wear scale is reached, That means you should change the tires, and the tires that have been out of the factory for 5 years or those with severe partial wear also need to be replaced in time.
As an important component to ensure the bike decelerates and stops, the brake system is the guarantee of riding safety. After the long-distance motorcycle trip, even before departure, the brake system must be inspected and maintained. First, check the brake fluid. If it is lower than the scale line or If there is no brake after 6 hours of rest, the brake oil needs to be replaced; secondly, the depth of the groove of the brake pad can be observed from the side of the caliper. If it is less than 2mm, it needs to be replaced. The brake disc is obviously thinner and sharper, or the friction surface is uneven. It needs to be replaced according to the situation.
Air filter & Oil filter
The air filter is commonly known as air cleaner. Its function is to filter the air entering the combustion chamber of the engine. During long-distance riding, it is inevitable that it will pass through areas with poor air quality, poor road conditions, and more dust on the road. This air enters the engine intake system. After filtering, when the filter dust accumulates to a certain extent over time, it will hinder the air flow and cause the engine to accelerate weakly. Therefore, the air filter should be checked in time, and the paper air filter should be replaced or the sponge air filter should be cleaned.
The gasoline filter element is the most easily overlooked part. Many people do not know that gasoline has such a filter element. Although most small-displacement bikes are now equipped with engine metal mesh oil filters, medium and large-displacement bikes are equipped with paper oil filters. It can better filter large particles of impurities in the oil. It is recommended that motorcyclists who have been riding for a long time clean the fuel tank and replace the gasoline filter element when they come back.
Motorcycle maintenance skills, maintenance tools and maintenance conditions, so the above recommendations are only for simple inspection and maintenance methods. When your motorcycle has more complex problems or has reached the required maintenance stage, please be sure to enter the store for maintenance.
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