In 2010, over 4,500 people were killed in motorcycle crashes, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Motorists can reduce their chances of being injured in a wreck, if they properly maintain their bikes. Regular maintenance can prevent your motorcycle from malfunctioning on the road.
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General Motor Bike Maintenance
While there have been great advances in the engineering and designing of motorcycles, modern bikes still require a great deal of maintenance. Its important for motorcyclists to know how to do basic maintenance on their bikes. This knowledge can help motorcyclists spot issues before they become disastrous.
Motorcyclists should check the following items on a regular basis:
Make sure to keep you tires inflated at all times. Motorcyclists should keep a tire pressure gauge will them at all times. As a rule of thumb, bikers should check their tire pressure every time they fill up for gas. Replace your tires if the tread depth is 1 to 2 mm, this will prevent your tires from blowing out.
Replace your brake fluid every year to two years, this will allow your brakes to work at their full potential. Motorcycles can have up to two brake fluid reservoirs, so you need to check them both regularly. In addition, you should also check the thickness of your brake pads, the thickness of the pad can affect the brakes function. Replace the brake pads before they are down to the metal, otherwise you run the risk of the brake disc becoming damaged. Riding around on faulty brakes increases your chances of being in an accident.
Chain and sprockets, shaft drives and belts
Its imperative to take care of the three items mentioned above, they are essential in the longevity of your motorcycle. Bikers should lubricate the chains after each ride when the chains are warm. This allows the oil to soak in and reach all areas of the chain. The shaft drive oil should be replaced each time you change the oil on your motorcycle. Additionally, when you change your oil, check the belt tension and make any necessary adjustments.
You should check your fuel filter regularly to make sure that it is not clogged. It is recommended that you change it every two years. Also, check your fuel lines for any cracking or damage caused by weather, replace it immediately if you spot any damage. Get rid of any untreated gas that is over six months old.
Each time you go on the road, you should check your oil level. Top off the oil if it is low. Always use the recommended oil weight for your bike when changing the oil.
One of the main causes of a motorcycle breakdown is a bad battery. Check each chamber of the battery to make sure the fluid levels are not low. If the fluid levels are low, you should top it off only with deionized or distilled water. Never use tap water to top it off; the minerals in the water are harmful to the battery. In addition, make sure that there is no grime on the battery.
Following these motorcycle tips will decrease your chances of being involved in a collision.
Contact a Knoxville Motorcycle Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle wreck at no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact Greg Coleman Law to schedule a legal consultation.
The Knoxville-based law firm is dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims who were injured due to another partys negligence.
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