I am a new rider and recently had a new back tyre fitted to my bike. I was warned to be very careful before leaving the tyre place, as new tyres are still quite slick even after being wiped down with acetone.
On exiting the driveway I lent the bike over, hit the gas and watched as the bike spun out from underneath me. (more…)
Recently I mentioned getting a nail in the rear tyre on the GSX-R, and how I could have been stranded on the side of the road (What Do You Do If You Get Stuck On The Side Of The Road). Some of you even thought that my enthusiastic mention of Dave sounded a bit like an ad for him - yeah Ok, I guess I got a bit carried away but hey, think about getting stuck somewhere and you’ll remember him .
Anyway, back to the tyre story…
A couple of us went for a ride on Sunday, a nice cruisy run out to Boonah and back. We were having a chat over a drink (coffee and water ) about bike maintenance and what you would do if something happened to the bike and you got stranded somewhere. Now since we were both on Suzukis the bikes aren’t likely to break. Ok, ok … I can see the inbox filling up already with that comment but allow me some fun .
Brian’s advice on lubricating chains is good stuff, couldn’t agree more.
To add to that, be careful when adjusting the chain tension. I have found over a long time that knowing what tension the chain is under when you are sitting on the bike is more important than what you might think.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Funny how the majority of us don’t do it, yes i am one of those people most of the time. A correctly lubricated chain helps use less fuel reduces wear of driveline components so everything is definitely to your advantage to get it done.
Chains are like most things, best served up warm!
Before you put that bike away oil the chain, the warmth helps draw the lubricant into the chain and when it cools down and sets you have a better chance of it actually staying where it supposed to be that is on your chain. If you suffer like me from “the i was going to do it” syndrome put a sign on the end of the garage, OIL YOUR CHAIN. Sounds easy but it is actually harder than it sounds to remember.
The tank is full, the weather is just right for a ride. You check your map and pick a great ride with lots of corners and some straight bits…. you are ready to go!
If you have taken the time to plan a ride to enjoy then make sure you get the best out of it and check your tyres!!!!