5 things I wish I’d known when I started doing my own motorcycle maintenace

Youtube is your shop hand

Back in the day you would have to either call up a buddy that knew how to work on bikes, quiz the mechanic at the local shop or dealership on how to do the work, or just through trial and error hope you get it right.

In the information age, YouTube has become a great how-to resource. A channel like Delboys Garage brings a huge library of repair knowledge, everything from tire puncture repairs to replacing fork seals.

 

 

Where to dispose of oil and oil filters

Many auto parts stores, service stations, repair facilities and quick lubes will accept used oil and used oil filters free of charge. Additionally, your local government or recycling coordinator may be able to identify curbside or other recycling programs in your area. The best way of locating a nearby collection center is to visit the website http://www.findarecycler.org/ 

The “other” tools (camera phone, printer and sealable bags)

When I do something like upgrading a timing wheel I have my wrenches and screwdrivers but I also have my camera phone and printer. What I have done many times is take a picture with my phone, then I will print that photo out and do things like write down notes, draw arrows and number the nuts and bolts then put them into sealable bags that I have numbered as well.

Service manuals

Whether it’s simple maintenance or complete restoration don’t start work without a service manual. Save yourself time and frustration by using the same manuals the professionals use. Comprehensive manuals contain exploded views, drawings, specifications and charts to illustrate each job. Some even feature shortcut repairs and high-performance modifications.

Go to the Resouces (http://www.thevtwinblog.com/resources) menu item at the top of the page and you can find a link to some motorcycle service manuals. Other companies such as Cylmer offer more cost-effective and multibranded solutions.

Understand what you don’t know

Lastly, know your limits. If you are uncomfortable with the repair that you want to perform then take it to a shop. We’re talking about your motorcycle and it should always be in tip-top condition when you ride, it could mean the difference between a great day of riding and the worst day you’ve ever had on 2 wheels.

 

Ride or Die!

The V-Twin Blogger

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