Use this quarantine time to sanitize your motorcycle and make it shine
I am a couple of months into this lockdown and I am itching to get back on the saddle and start chasing the sun on my motorcycle. However, the current pandemic has other plans. The lockdown, expected to end in a couple of weeks, is already showing signs of a possible extension. I know how this feels to a fellow motorcycle traveler. I know how it feels to wait for that next ride.
The places are not going anywhere, stay home.
While we keep ourselves and others safe by staying home, let us work towards keeping our motorcycles in great shape, so that we are ready to ride out, once the lockdown is over. Here are a few things I am doing to take care of my Royal Enfield Himalayan. Though, these will work for almost any motorcycle.
- Take the load off the suspension and tires. Park the motorcycle on its center stand such that both the wheels can move easily
- Since the motorcycle may be parked in one place for over a week, it will be a good idea to roll it around occasionally, while gently applying the front and rear brakes
- Keep the motorcycle covered or in a closed space to avoid exposure to the elements
- Keeping the battery charged will be one of the common concerns.
- Start the motorcycle, run it in idling state for 5-10 minutes as regularly and safely as possible
- Do not twist the throttle too much as it will lead to overheating of the engine
- In case you are not able to do this regularly, and your motorcycle will be parked for long, disconnect the battery cables to avoid discharging the battery
- Move levers like brakes, clutch, and throttle at least once a week to ensure free movement
- Chains can rust when not in use. Apply the cleaner, clean and lube the chains to avoid rust
- Clean the motorcycle with water and wipe with a clean, dry microfiber cloth periodically
In the future when the lockdown ends and you finally get the chance to go out riding, don’t just jump on your motorcycle and ride off. Take some time out to ensure the motorcycle is roadworthy.
- Check the air pressure in the tires as air can leak over time
- Ensure the battery is charged, especially in motorcycles without a kick start
- Check all the cables/levers for free movement and ensure they work as expected
- Check if the motorcycle is in need of engine oil change or topping up fuel
- Finally, swing an eye over all the electricals to ensure they are working as expected
These small steps would help you keep your motorcycle in shape and get back to riding in a flash.
While I wait for when I can ride my beauty, I am definitely keeping the memories alive by taking care of my motorcycle. How are you spending this quarantine time?
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