Motorcycle servicing explained
As the owner of a motorcycle, it is your legal duty to ensure it is roadworthy and does not pose a hazard to yourself, any passengers, other road users or the general public.
Why are motorcycle services important?
A full motorcycle service will ensure any mechanical or electrical problems are ironed out ahead of your MOT and of course before they affect the safe operation of your motorbike.
Regularly servicing your motorcycle will not only prolong its life; Your machine may also be more efficient and more pleasant to ride when all its components are in optimum condition.
Motorcycle servicing: What are the different options?
There are various service options available when it comes to motorcycle servicing.
You can opt for a full motorbike service, an interim service, and in some cases, a major motorbike service.
Read on to find out about what each motorbike service option includes.
How often should you service your motorbike?
When it comes to motorbike servicing, a mechanic should be looking at your motorcycle every six months or so - which equates to every 2,500-4000 miles.
Defects on a motorcycle have the potential to be extremely dangerous, so keeping to a regular maintenance schedule for your bike is paramount.
Does the service have to be done by an expert?
Service mechanics will have an eagle eye for loose seals or bolts that need tightening or cracks in rubber. They’ll be able to tell at a glance whether some O-rings are splitting in your chain and if your clutch cable is showing signs of wear.
From a safety perspective, a regular service schedule, staggered with your MOT, should ensure that experts look at your bike every six months or so.
Safety is paramount when it comes to motorcycling.
As well as having professionals look over your wheels every six months or so, make sure to complete regular eyeball inspections yourself of things like the tyres, levers, pedals and bolted-on pieces of fairing or mudguards.